Eric Jensen Shares His Thoughts On Motivation and Education

Eric Jensen was asked how to for his perspective on motivation in the classroom… his answer is found in the video below.

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  1. julia Siewert

    Tools for Engagement, presented by Eric Jensen 2011 for professional development in San Antonio, Texas, prompts educators to apply daily experiences encouraging teacher facilitation of learning through engagement. One template for engagement includes nudging and ‘buy-ins’. This idea replicates the meaning of natural curiosity stimulating motivation. Participating in the “Tools for Engagement Workshop” in San Antonio this weekend, an educator creates a ‘Buy in’ or nudge activity of motivation inspires a child to engage in a state of unmotivated behavior to change from one activity to another with ease creating an inspirational tool for learning.

    Before the staff development, UNFORTUNATELY, a person named mom applied a ‘Buy-in’ (without thought) causing a FORTUNATE outcome.

    As a student currently working on a master’s degree in Gifted and Talented Education at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, teaching 2nd grade and teaching ballet for my secondary income, “AWWWWWW” (emotional punctuation), time constraints present issues even on an evening with a full moon, telescope, kids, and a hungry curiosity.

    In our fortunately comfortable neighborhood, my son appears as the ‘dominant’ male (due to being at least one year older than the others, which creates a somewhat potentially frightening anticipatory feeling (for the parent) knowing a leader inhibits potential capabilities as a “ring-leader”. Thankfully relieved by comments from his teachers defining ‘outstanding leadership abilities’ in a positive manner; while in comparison to school leadership, his home environment state of anticipation of becoming “President Hanna” disseminates as I discourage him running for presidency of the United States until he finds a solution that creates many jobs to support not only my social security but all of my friends across the United States. (Thank you, Eric Jensen for your support!)

    The children that actually came to play with the future “Not President Jackson” heard a ‘Buy-in’…..

    “IT’S A FULL MOON!” from the fearless leader named mom.

    Within seconds the telescope came out. Siblings of attending children appear and MOM (leaving the next morning for the Jensen workshop) thought, “I’ll never get these kids to leave!” while metacogitively thinking, “I loved summer from the triggers of the smell of heat and warm rain on the grass, crisp clearness of the sky showcasing the stars, taste cravings of watermelon and home-made peach ice-cream, feelings of the West Texas heat and the sounds of peace amongst the mesquite trees.

    The ‘Buy-in ‘, “It’s a Full Moon! Come Look!” caused extreme curiosity for the children lasting for an unanticipated furlough amount of time. The ‘Buy-in’ time for the fearless leader caused extreme anticipatory anxiety realizing the significance of the novel experience of looking through a telescope to view the moon.

    In conclusion, a nudge to get in student interested emerges as quickly as a blowing a bubble from a straw. Applying their natural state of curiosity creates a natural ‘Buy-in’ to engage their hunger for learning.

    Thank you Eric Jenson for creating Tools for Engagement. Engagement occurs naturally. Your professional development creates awareness for construction applying tools for effective progress while creating futures for students.

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