Re: Introduction -- New member to group
Pete Tamas (GNOME@TEMPLEVM.BITNET)
Tue, 21 Dec 1993 12:08:58 EST
As aduults, we often fool ourselves into believeing we learn for the
sake of learning alone. While many of us do this for 1 or 2 things
we find interesting, we will not do many other things without reward.
I teach adults how to use computers. Believe me, many of them would
have not STARTEd to learn computers if they did not have to do it
or face bankrupcy. Further, when a company pays for an entire depart-
ment to learn, they are not much more motivated than teenagers
who are in class because they must be there.
My point is, we don't learn things because we have an inate
interest in learning. Of course, aduults sometimes make an
emotional (and financial) commitment to learn something and
they become tremendous students. Just like kids who are commited.
I believe people are muc more likely to learn something because
they either see it as being in their self-interest or because of
recognition. By giving awards we are taking advantage of people's
need for recognition. (Of course, if we do not make our programs
enjoyable, the recognition factor will not save us).
We could probably argue the merits of financial reward for work,
but it must be noted that that is a fact of adult life. How many
people would work if they did not need the $? I must also say
that by getting the child something he wants for accomplishing
something, you have shifted the terms of negotiation from
the child nagging you to what the child must accomplish.
I hope I'm making sense.-Pete Tamas
>>I have two boys who don't care about earning any badges at, they
>>won't do any of the requard work to earn there bobcat badge. there
>>parents are no help, I have even try one on one with them but to no
>I wonder if it is the age?? He also wouldn't do his church youth group
>homework and memorize verses......until last week when they asked him to do
>all six verses.....Matthew approached me and said.." Mom, I want this $30
>NFL shirt, and if I memorize my six verses can I get it?" I said, if you
>can memorize it in one week for the next meeting, and so we drew up a
>"CONTRACT" and he added more things to the contract, not hit his sister,
>brush his teeth every night, and (one of the boy scout requirements which I
>had difficulty in getting him to do) say a prayer everynight for one week.
> Well, would you believe it, he memorized the verses that very night
>(sunday), recited it monday and Tuesday, remembered it on Friday, and
>successfully repeated it on Sunday.
>What I am saying is that try to make them, and they just don't. I had
>offered incentives before, but it didnt seem to matter to him. I think
>what changed him around was seeing the other kids after the past 12 weeks
>finally reached their goal and they received emblems and pins for their
>accomplishments, and now he is ready to earn it too. Now with this
>accomplishment here, he earned his NFL shirt from me, the giant step to
>earning recognition at church youth group, AND a couple requirements for
>his Webelos Religion requirement.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City