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Apr 22, 2021

One of the fundamental lessons teachers learn is ‘how to motivate their class’. Historically, For many, this comes down to the Skinnerian model of behaviorism, which is essentially positive and negative reinforcement. John Camp (the Lead of the Compass trust) was taught this too. He began to see things differently when his own headteacher showed him another way of motivation. One called intrinsic motivation. 

As Trust leader John has had the chance to share intrinsic motivation with his colleges. Katie Cutajar is the Co-headteacher of Alderwood Primary. She wasn’t sold on ‘intrinsic motivation’ at first. 

In this episode, we'll talk about the negative effects of relying on rewards and punishment, How John and Katie have changed their thinking, and what it looks like in their schools.

BIG thank you to John and Katie for telling their story in the episode.

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The authors that helped inform John Camps view on reward and motivation:

Simon Sinek Start With Why
Alfie Kohn Punished By Rewards

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