Carrot and Stick

How  do I use a resource? Is it just a carrot?

“Use the video content i made, it’ll improve your grades, your practice.”

Do I then use a stick to make them use it?

“it’ll reflect badly in your feedback if you don’t use it”

I’m walking a fine line between engaging the students and enabling conversation and learning. Will I end up just forcing another resource on to the students? Will it be beneficial to the curriculum?

Coach Hwai Tah talks here about his struggle with carrot and stick, he explains that we revert naturally back to this method if don’t identify it and try to change our mindset.

‘In place of the carrot and stick principle, give meaning and purpose to our pursuits and journey of accomplishments.’

He also talks about ‘Flow’:

‘Flow’. The now famous term was coined by the Hungarian psychology professor Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, which is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does (definition taken from Wikipedia).

And post this video by Dan Pink


Which details the essential elements of learning

1) Autonomy – the desire to self-direct our own lives.

2) Mastery – the urge to get better and better at something that matters.

3) Purpose – the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves.

Could the resource tick these points?

  1. It would hopefully give the students autonomy, place the learning in their hands and stop the spoon feeding of information that i feel permeates the classroom already
  2. I want the tutorials and content also start a culture that gives a base for the students to explore and experiment throughout their time at the RCS and even beyond graduation. Life long learning
  3. We are part of a team in the RCS and for the most part the students in their careers will always be working as part of a team and they will want to be the best version of themselves and achieve the best results.










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