[Edu-sig] Shuttleworth Summit

Winston Wolff winstonw at stratolab.com
Sat Apr 29 05:26:36 CEST 2006

This is a very good point.  I should add to my list after piquing a  
student's interested, you need to keep them interested.  And that is  
accomplished if the student reaches many little milestones  
successfully.  When a student has trouble, struggles to overcome it,  
and succeeds--that is a huge motivator, not to mention an excellent  
lesson in it's own right about the importance of determination.


On Apr 25, 2006, at 7:35 PM, Radenski, Atanas wrote:

> 2. Even when students study because they are required to, students are
> still *willing and ready to learn*. Getting them excited about the
> subject matter helps. However, what is crucial to keep them going is
> *success in what they are doing*. Who likes to fail? Normally  
> nobody. We
> all like to succeed in what we are doing, no matter what we are doing.
> Thus, our students need to be given a chance to succeed.
> Making it through and succeeding is what really makes people  
> excited. "I
> made it! I made it!" What can be more motivational than this  
> feeling? It
> does not matter that much what exactly you are doing, what matters is
> that you succeed rather than fail. Do you like failing? Most people  
> hate
> to fail. Students hate to fail - not necessarily in terms of grades  
> (in
> a narrow sense) but in managing required activities in general.

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