To show the personal responsibility is a huge part of motivation and becoming a leader.
SEL standard(s) met: Discussion Points
These discussion questions can be used for discussion purposes, role-plays, for writing prompts, or for topics of debate to teach appropriate ways to argue a point.
“Hey…I heard that the kids who had zero or one behavioral referral went to see the Brewer game had a great time. Why’d you guys do that?”
Sometimes, we are motivated by rewards. This was a big external reward. There are always rewards if you look around, and they take all forms, external and internal. Leaders do what is right and inspire others to do the same.
“External motivation? Huh?”
Motivation is when you are inspired to work toward a something you want. It’s what gives a purpose or a direction to your behavior. You can be motivated externally…by something outside of yourself. For example, your parents have told you that you can get something you really want (iPod, cell phone, a later curfew, stop nagging) if you get certain grades. That’s an example of an external reward. You do something to get something in return. You decide that whatever you have to do to get the reward is worth the change in behavior. Sometimes you’ll get the reward, sometimes you won’t.
“Okay, I get that…I’ve got that, so Wolf Bucks are like an external motivator?”
“Respect Everyone, Respect the Environment, and Respect the Environment. So what’s INTERNAL motivation?”
Internal motivation is when you accept the personal responsibility for achieving and rewarding YOURSELF for meeting your OWN goals. There’s nobody standing there with a treat that you want saying, “Do this, and you can have the reward.” Internal motivation comes from doing what you want, a feeling good about the end result. Leaders typically inspire and get internal motivation when they do what feels right.
“I don’t get it. I need an example.”
Yeah, it is hard to understand sometimes. Here are a couple of examples. You take music lessons. You want to write your own songs. No one is saying, “If you write a song, you’ll get this item.” Instead, you work at it and you write, and revise, and try it out. Soon, you have a good song. You’re happy with it. That’s internal motivation: doing something just for yourself, for the pride of the accomplishment, for proving to yourself that you could do it.
Another example: you have to write a paper on some topic; it could be a research paper, a story, or a poem. The teacher tells you exactly what you have to do to get a good grade. You decide for yourself that you are going to blow past the requirements, do more, and do it well, just to see if you can do it. You do, and the teacher simply says, “Excellent work.” However, you KNOW in your heart it’s excellent without anyone telling you that, and it doesn’t really matter what other people say. That’s being motivated from the inside, from your head and your heart. It’s being proud of yourself, and accepting personal responsibility for doing well. Isn’t that better than only being motivated by what others will give you? Remember, in your neighborhood, people don’t hand out Wolf Bucks. That means you need to make your own internal Wolf Bucks that you can trade for feeling good about yourself! Leaders model the way and inspire greatness!
“Cool. But I need to think about this and see how I can do it.”
Do that…we’ll talk about this again later!
Reward with praise and Wolf Bucks for desired behavior, but add the idea that internal Wolf Bucks are good too. Ask students to set some internally motivated goals to review next week…something that can be achieved by Friday to share with the class.