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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Echo Tara's Sentiments

WOnderful to read reflections on what did or did not motivate you, Joel and Neela.

I would like to underscore the point that Tara's making here. I'm not sure if there is much thought being given to how students can be motivated based on the lovely ideas that came out of our discussions on brain-based learning. Instead, the "Let assignments be graded" type of suggestion has come up in almost every CASW session that had to do with increasing student motivation.

So, I think Tara's observations are timely and on the mark. Please do give this some thought, folks, and let's think "how people learn" and "cognitive psychology" a bit more than "reward"/"punishment". The latter is very easy to suggest and perhaps even implement, but is it the best we can do?


  • Shuchi,
    I am really confused about the child centered learning. How it will help? The teachers are really happy to implement child centered learning or it's just spoken of very high and not practical when it come to teaching. I am confused and I haven't come across such an approach in my school days. To be honest lack of motivating teachers is the main factor for me to develpoe more interest towards sports.

    By Blogger joel, at 9:33 PM  

  • Joel is your question about child-centred learning in relation to the observations that Shuchi and I are making about doing better than "rewards and punishments' as strategies?

    By Blogger Tara Kini, at 8:36 PM  

  • Tara you guessed right,Please explain about child centered learning and how it is sucessfully used by teacher's in school

    By Blogger joel, at 7:33 PM  

  • As far as I have understood, and I hope i am right, if there is child centred learning, there will be no need for reward and punishment. Child centred learning will take care that the student is taught in such a way that he/she understands, develops interest and learns to learn and when that happens, there could be rewards(in terms of the childs/ teachers satisfaction or good results at a public exam) but there will be no punishments- definitely not from the teacher!

    By Blogger Neela Tatu, at 1:40 AM  

  • I fully agree with Shuchi that child centered and brain based learning is the best teaching strategy. Intrinsic motivation is the best for learning at any age but how to inculcate that is what one has to understand. Students do not perform unless they know that it is graded or it is for the examination. I'm yet to learn the strategy to make them learn for the sake of knowledge.

    By Blogger ppsehema, at 7:27 PM  

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