‘Research’ shows that for simple, mechanical tasks then greater rewards bring better performance BUT when you move beyond that to rudimentary cognitive skill almost the reverse is true – greater incentives diminish performance. I extrapolate from this that if we want pupils to engage cognitively then more GCSE points ISN’T going to be the driver.
What people want is Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose. Autonomy – the space to do their thing in their way. Mastery – to feel like they are improving, to feel that they are good at something. Purpose – a higher idea, a goal, a reason. To me this seems to sum up AfL.
If you can’t see the video in school then please watch this when you get home. It’s 10 minutes – a really great 10 minutes. Love it.
was it Edison who said “From his neck down a man is worth a couple of dollars a day, from his neck up he is worth anything that his brain can produce.”?