Bob Sullo on Motivating Students
More than a decade into the 21st century, we continue to face education challenges from the last century. To move forward, we must develop knowledgeable learners equipped with the necessary academic, technological, social, and economic skills to compete in the global community.
The ASCD 2011 Annual Conference in San Francisco, Calif., March 26–28, 2011, will engage participants in dynamic, diverse dialogues that lead to bold actions to address the challenges of learning, teaching, and leading.
In this video, ASCD author Bob Sullo suggests that "motivating" students doesn't necessarily mean what we think it means. Instead, try a slightly different approach to unlock students' internal desires to learn.
Stop trying to motivate your kids! It sounds odd, but I think when we're trying to motivate kids, that's really code for "we're trying to control them." And instead, I think we're going to be much more successful if we try to engage and inspire our students. When kids are engaged and they become inspired to learn what it is that we're trying to teach, we'll get so much further than we've gotten to this point.
During his 33 years as an educator, Sullo worked as an English teacher, a school psychologist, an adjustment counselor, and an administrator in the Plymouth Public Schools in Massachusetts. These diverse roles gave him the opportunity to work in both regular education and special education, serving students from prekindergarten through graduation in elementary, middle, and high school.
Currently an education consultant and instructor for the William Glasser Institute, Sullo has provided staff development and parent workshops in more than 30 states. His presentations focus on internal motivation, responsibility, and the creation of a positive environment where students are inspired to produce high-quality academic work. He is the author of The Motivated Student and Activating the Desire to Learn. Visit Sullo's website and connect with him on Twitter @bobsullo.