Motivation Kool-Aid


Motivation cannot be taught. We are all motivated equally and can truly do whatever it is we set out to do. The issue with this statement is that, even though we are all motivated, what sparks our individual desires is very different and diverse. While I wake up in the morning, motivated and ready to be active, someone else wakes up with the same amount of drive to relax and lay in bed. Motivation is the internal ability we have that guides, aims and directs us to behave and act the way we do. The motivation to learn is what teachers must discover and spark within their students; finding ways to make students want to learn and sustain that behavior. If a teacher can find that drive and push the right buttons, so to speak, the student will respond with a desire and will to learn. Educators with a good base knowledge of how motivation applies to their particular subject will find much more success in their students than someone who simply goes through the motions and regurgitates the required information for a course or subject. There are many different theories of motivation and how the mind works when motivated. These include: behavioral learning theory, humanistic views of motivation, attribution, the expectancy theory, intrinsic and extrinsic learning processes and finally ways to reward performance, effort and improvement as a teacher. Rather than bore you with my interpretation of these theories, I’ll keep it short-assuming you have been motivated to read this far.

Theories are meaningless without the teacher’s ability to effectively reward performance, effort and improvement. To paraphrase Maslow, students cannot reach good esteem levels without a sense of belongingness and comfort. When complimenting students, as a teacher, we have to be specific in how we do it. Students generally know when a compliment is genuine or not. If the student does not feel the compliment emotionally, then more often than not, this will only hinder the student’s  following performance.

Motivation is the drive within us that is controlled mostly by our habits. Change and new ideas are hard to remember because of this. The lack of repetition to form habits needs to be established. Teachers are an essential component in creating the future of our society. The teachers who understand how important motivation is will help build a brighter future for us. Peter F. Drucker once said, “We know nothing about motivation. All we can do is write books about it.” What I think he meant in saying this is that motivation comes from within. It is constantly and continuously happening. Students, in the end, have to be open to change and motivate themselves in order for success in the classroom, which brings to mind an old saying: You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink it.

Talking #physed with the #voxcast Crew

Want to listen to a chat on health and physical education? Click HERE Thanks to my friend Jorge Rodriguez and the #voxcast crew for taking time to chat with me. If you are a #physed teacher, click HERE to get your free demo of WELNET software to help improve your program. Stay happy, stay healthy, and always keep that smile on!

Dear PE Teachers…

Reflecting on this. Wanted to share.

All Ears

Dear PE Teachers,We don’t talk enough. You see, I’m an English teacher. When we were growing up, as you were feeling the triumph of scoring the winning penalty for the school team, I was enviously penning poems about what that might feel like. And now, as I teach sub-clauses from the blissful warmth of my classroom, you’re out there and shivering and shuffling subs on the muddy gradient we all call ‘the field’. And in the future -if educational folklore has it correct- when I’m still a classroom teacher, you’ll be SLT.

Today, I want to breach the gap between us and bring us together in the aim of achieving one goal. Today, I am not concerned with our futures, but the futures of the students we teach and I’m concerned with the power and the responsibility that you –PE teachers- have now, to ensure that these students have the…

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#Healthed and ESSA

Thanks to my friend Andy for an informative post on ESSA… If you didn’t already know…ESSA stands for Every Student Succeeds Act. It is replacing the Act that, in some cases, left students behind (the No Child Left Behind Act).
Thanks Andy!


In December 2015 Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

“With this bill, we reaffirm that fundamentally American ideal—that every child, regardless of race, income, background, the zip code where they live, deserves the chance to make of their lives what they will.” — President Barack Obama

So why should we be excited?

No Child Left Behind marginalized our subject and led to widespread cuts to funding. With the passing of ESSA, Health education is now on a level playing field with all other subjects, and as such now has significant access to funding that was previously unavailable to us.

So we are now as valued as all other subjects?

You will hear the term well rounded education (which replaces the term core academic subject)  and this means that health and physical education can now compete for Title I, Title II and Title IV funds along with English, reading or language arts…

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