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So why bother?

Well, after Saturday’s piece it’s a fair question.  Since there’s nothing wrong with us it must be the lousy job, right?  Trouble is, the job isn’t lousy.  The job’s great.  And there’s science for why it’s great, so it’s not just me being wierd (for a change).  It turns out that teaching – most of the time – and training – nearly all of the time – provide lots of autonomy, mastery, and if we’re lucky, purpose.  If you’ve heard this all before you can skip the next bit.  If you haven’t, watch this video next time you have a few minutes.  It turns out that motivation is a fascinating subject…

If you fancy having a discussion with students about this subject, you may find that the talk is a bit heavy going.  However, the RSA have made an animated film out of it.  I have tried to watch it with the sound on, but it just gave me a headache.  Turn the sound off, however, and it is brilliant.  What you can do is watch it ‘mute’ with students, and ask them to speculate or vocalise what’s being shown.  You’ll be able to help them along.  Since the animation is about ten minutes long, you’ll need to stop to discuss the ideas periodically, and you may not get to the end, but then, who cares?  See what you think …

If you need the transcript from the talk, you can get it here.


About Catherine Kennedy

Second year undergrad (super-mature) at Sheffield Uni doing single honours Religion, Theology, and the Bible. (Formerly TEFL teacher in France)

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