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Dear Ken,

According to Daniel Pink, if the task is a 'simple, straight-forward task', 'carrot and stick tasks', 'non-algorithmic' and 'if you do this you will get that' tasks, rewards such as marks are great incentives. Would this not then speak in favour of having late-mark penalties? For those kids who can only deal with these sort of challenges and respond favourably to 'more is better', NOT having such a 'reward' or logical consequence, as I see it, goes against Pinks assertions.

If you are counting on 'intrinsic motivation' you'll be sorrily disappointed. Again, the work I referred you to in my presentation describes how even the most self-motivated people are less so motivated when it comes to hard subjects such as math.

Roger Curtis

Roger Curtis


You are correct about what Pink said but assessments that students are submitting to show
evidence of their learning should not be 'simple, straight-forward task(s), 'non-
algorithmic,' or 'if you do this you will get that tasks so a punishment/reward motivational
scheme is not the way to promote high level and on-time performance.

Also I think it is incorrect to say that intrinsic motivation is less for things that are difficult
- it is success at things that are difficult for us that provides the greatest satisfaction and
therefore the greatest motivation.