You gotta watch this video from Dan Pink on the science of motivation. We watched it keeping ProComp (teacher pay for performance) in mind.
This is really groundbreaking theory, especially as we grapple with the concept of effective teaching. We know, based on recent accounts, that teachers do really well when they have the freedom to take ownership of their work product and when they have meaningful opportunities to get better at their craft. We already know that they have a sense of purpose; they wouldn’t have chosen the most maligned and ill-paid professions in all of American society had they not had a sense of purpose.
By the way, a charter school teacher passed this video to one of our friends, who told us about it. We’re open to wisdom from all corners. Are YOU listening, corporate reformers?