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Motivation

On motivation:

Why "it's good for you" doesn't work

Intrinsic vs extrinsic motivators as relevant to homeschooling, but applicable to, well, anything

Why more choices can be bad (interview with the author of The Paradox of Choice, an amazing book that everyone should read)

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tzaddi_93
Oct. 4th, 2006 12:55 am (UTC)
I completely understand all of the intrinsic motivations in the homeschooling article. I would love for us to homeschool j, and a large part of that desire is based on similar motivations.

1) Not having to "deal" with how the school can't seem to "deal" with j. (and not having to worry about whether or not they are recognizing the improvements he's made, etc.--is he permanently labeled as a problem child.)

2) Not having to conform to their damn daily schedules and/or not having to pay for day care when I can't.

3) Knowing that he has more than 20 minutes for lunch.

4) Not having to fill out the damn forms or be harrassed by the PTSA's latest fundraising efforts.

5) Taking a vacation when we want without worrying about whether or not he's "missing" school or whether or not the places we want to go will be overrun with other families on vacation. Being able to travel in the off-season.

6) Not having to deal with school closure/consolidation issues and related politics

7) Not having to beg the teachers for information on how he's doing.

8) Being able to give him alternate skills demonstration activities that work with his anxiety.

9) Knowing that he's allowed to learn things that aren't covered on the WASL.

10) Not having to force him to complete their damned outrageous homework load.
ubiquity
Oct. 4th, 2006 02:33 am (UTC)
Thank you. I've been thinking about motivation a lot lately.
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