What truly causes one to learn?
Is it the search to answer a question?
The insatiable curiosity of one who just wants to know more?
As I have been traveling in Rome, I have been wondering about this issue. Where does motivation really live?
So I thought about comparing two of my tours while here.
Tour 1: Catacombs
The local guide, name unknown, used storyboards to illustrate the main points. Her voice was soft for our group of 52 pilgrims. But her voice rose and sped up with her excitement and passion. Some of her questions were rhetorical. But we sat in a group hearing the background information about what we would see in our tour.
I took notes . . . 10 pages of S notes on my phone. I talked to other tour group members, took pictures and even tweeted out pictures and comments. (I have no clue how to copy anything on this new device. . . Mini-iPad 4 so you will have to find the tweets yourself!)
Was I told to take notes? Was I told to pay attention? Was I told “this would be on the test”?
The answer to all those questions is NO!
Tour 2: The Sistine Chapel
The tour guide was a recording. I moved at my own pace. I listened to the first section to learn about the frescoes on the ceiling, a separate recording for The Redemption, more about the Cardinals and the current use of The Sistine Chapel, and then another recording about the care and maintenance of the chapel.
I can speak oF generalities. The voice did not exude passion. I chose to be there. I chose the order of my learning.
And yet, the tour did not inspire me to take ANY notes. Maybe I was influenced by the constant, “Silencio” and interrupted by, “No video” and “No phone camera”.
But what if the difference was in the lack of personal inspiration or challenge from a real live person whose dedication to the topic encouraged me to learn more? What if the passion and excitement of a teacher FOR their subject matter is absorbed AND reflected by the students?
What if your students need a personal connection?
What if the “motivation to learn” is fueled by choice, time and commitment to learning AFTER it is IGNITED by a teacher . . .Or another learner?
How do YOU plan accordingly for students who don’t learn the same every day?
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