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Dr. Troy P. Roddy

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Motivation, Questions, and Answers

Some are motivated by the answer, the desire to know, to discover, or to understand. These individuals are those among us who find their greatest satisfaction in gathering information. You could consider these people mavens. They might prefer nonfiction, recipes, and follow the instructions on the package to the letter.

Others are motivated by the question, the unknown, or the endless doors yet to be opened. These are those who tend to find great satisfaction with what could be. You might consider these types scientists. They probably prefer fiction, specifically mysteries and/or science fiction. They see the instructions as suggestions then begin building.

For example, think about these two familiar Christmas scenes. One is a picture of gifts neatly wrapped and placed under a decorated tree. The other scene is of a child, surrounded by crumpled wrapping paper and open boxes, sitting in front of that same tree and holding a new toy.

Both scenes are iconic holiday pictures. Both may bring a smile to your face and a happy memory to mind. However, if you needed to pick one for your Christmas card, which would you choose? The one with gifts wrapped or with gifts opened? What is more satisfying, the possibility of what is in the box or the discovery of what was actually in it?

Of course there is no right or wrong answer. Both ways of thinking exist in all of us. However, having an idea of what one's "point of motivation" is with a particular subject or topic might provide a significant insights into how to better serve the needs of students and teachers.