"Do something today, that your future self will thank you for."
WIthin my 20% project I was seeking to "live a healthier lifestyle" and I believe that with this project, I am well on my way to succeeding in that aspect. I don't believe that my 20% project ends here though; I believe it is just the beginning for me. I have developed two great habits: working out on a regular basis and I have also developed much healthier eating habits. One aspect that I could improve on with this project is the aspect of building community, as I did not develop that element as well as the other two. Although I am setting an end to my 20% project for the purpose of this class, I will continue to build upon it. I believe this project was the perfect foundation for my start to understanding how to live a healthier life style. I am thankful for this learning experience, as I have learned not only how develop good habits for the better.
In part two of the book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Pink discusses three elements of Type I behavior (intrinsic motivation) and how individuals and organizations are using them to improve performance and deepen satisfaction. These three elements are: autonomy, the desire to be self-directed, mastery, the urge to make progress and get better at what we do, and purpose, our yearning to contribute and be apart of something larger.
Autonomy- Pink describes autonomy as part of human nature and states it is the "rely-on-nobody individualism of the American cowboy." He also goes on to state that autonomy empathizes choice and "wired to be active and engaged." Pink describes four "essentials" in creating a workplace that values autonomy. These four essentials are time, technique, team, and task. Within time, Pink introduces as interesting concept called "ROWE" (results only work environment). This is a workplace that does not have schedules; workers can show up and leave as they wish, but they are still capable of getting their work done. It focuses more on the output (results) rather than the time/scheduling, allowing more flexibility when completing tasks. Within technique, Pink says that employers should not dictate how employees should complete their task, but rather provide initial guidance and then let them tackle the project in the manner they wish. Pink goes on to state that within the team, employees should be allowed some choice over who they work with. Lastly, for task, Pink states that employees should be given 'creative' days where they can work on any project/problem they wish.
Mastery- allow employees to become better at something that matter to them. In the chapter of the book, Pink introduces the term "Goldilocks tasks." He uses this term to describe those task which are neither overly difficult or overly simple. Pink states that these tasks allow employees to extend themselves and develop their skills. Furthermore, Pink says creating an environment where mastery is possible is to create an environment where learning and development are fostered.
Purpose- taking steps to fulfill employees' natural desire to contributing to a greater cause. Pink states employers should communicate the purpose so employees understand the purpose and vision of their organizations He goes on so say that employers should also place emphasis on purpose maximization and organization and individual goals should also focus on purpose. Lastly, Pink encourages to use purpose-oriented words and talk about the organization as a united team and use work such as "us" and "we".
In conclusion, applying these three elements to your life can help increase one to become more intrinsically motivated and thus lead into gaining a Type I behavior. Furthermore, these elements could help individuals and organizations to improve their performance and deepen satisfaction
Kid Blog is a tool that teachers can use within their classroom to provide students with their own blogging page. Below is a screen cast video that I have created which gives an overview of how the website works, how to set up student blog pages, and some of Kid Blog's features. This a really fun and unique tool to utilize in the classroom, especially with today's 21st Century Learners!
One of the requirements within my Learning and Technology class this semester is to create a Digital Pedagogy. Within our digital pedagogy, we are required to create a project using any medium of our choice teaching someone how to do something.
One idea that I was thinking of doing was creating lessons to teach students at an elementary school level how to use the internet to research and other various research skills. While working on my action research, I found that my students, whom are considered "digital natives", had a very difficult time completing their research assignment thus displaying they did not possess the basic research skills. I had the naive perception that my students, because they were capable of teaching me how to use various applications and resources on the computer, they would be able to navigate and research after just a short mini lesson. I quickly learned that this was not the case.
Today, as students are moving into utilizing the internet as a resource on a daily basis, I believe teaching students these skills at a young age and allowing them to obtain these resources will be very beneficial for their future.
For my choice book, I have been reading or more so "listening" to Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink. (I resorted to listening to the audiobook after I realized I was reading this book at a much slower pace than I wanted).
Pink begins the book by using the metaphor of motivation as that of an operating system. He tells readers that humans initial operating system, which he calls Motivation 1.0 was survival. Motivation 1.0 worked well, that was until society started to get more complex. Pink states an operating system based purely on the biological drive was inadequate. "In fact, sometimes we needed ways to restrain this drive -- to prevent me from swiping your dinner and you from stealing my spouse." (pg. 16). This is when humans replaced Motivation 1.0 with Motivation 2.0, the more current system we work and live in.
This second drive, Motivation 2.0, stated that humans set out to seek reward and avoid punishments. Motivation 2.0 is built entirely around rewards and punishments and what Pink refers to as "carrots and sticks". Motivation 2.0 is based of external forces; rewarding the behavior that one seeks and punishing the behavior that one discourages. Pink goes on to state that today we've configured our organizations and constructed our lives around the assumption, "The way to improve performance, increase productivity, and encourage excellence is to reward the good and punish the bad." Furthermore, Motivation 2.0 utilizes the system of "If-then" rewards, which pretty much states, "If you do this, then you'll get that." This system did extremely well and made huge achievements; but as much operating systems do, it calls for an upgrade.
This is where Motivation 3.0 comes into play. This operating system still keeps the same outlooks of Motivation 1.0 and Motivation 2.0 stating humans still have the behavioral drive for survival as well as the drive for reward and punishment; but it also states that humans have a drive to to direct their own lives. Pink goes on to state that Motivation 3.0 is the operating system we need to meet new realities of how we organize, think about, and do what we do. He says that this kind of operating system can only be fostered by what he calls "Type I behavior." Type I behavior is a behavior that concerns itself with more intrinsic desires and more with the inherent satisfaction of itself. Pink goes on to state that Type I behavior is more self-directed and devoted to becoming better and better at something. "For Type I's, the main motivator is freedom, challenge, and purpose of the undertaking itself; any other gains are welcome, but mainly as a bonus" (pg. 76). To end, Pink believes this drive is revolved around three elements: autonomy, mastery, and purpose, which I will discuss further in another post.
Question for thought:
Do you considered yourself to have Type I behavior? If not, what can you change in your lives to have more a Type I behavior?