Segments in this Video

Understanding Motivation (05:24)


Learn the three things that shocked Lavoie as he began his research. Lavoie discusses myths and misconceptions of student motivation. All human behavior is motivated.

Myth: Inconsistent Motivation (04:06)

Lavoie discusses the myth of performance inconsistency using clocks as an analogy. The real test is what students experience on good days.

Myth: Students Are Lazy (05:19)

Lavoie discusses the myth of student laziness. Learned helplessness looks like lazy behavior in students. Lavoie explains differential diagnosis with a medical analogy.

Motivation: Rewards (06:03)

Lavoie discusses common motivational strategies based on misconceptions. He argues that rewards simply do not work, it is the easy way out.

Motivation: Punishment (03:26)

Lavoie discusses common motivational strategies based on misconceptions. He argues that punishment represses behavior and models aggression. Positive feedback generalizes to other situations.

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs (09:36)

Lavoie comments on the list of primary needs of students. He gives advice on raising adolescents.

Fear of Embarrassment (02:30)

Levine defines adolescence in one sentence, "adolescence is a 24 hour a day, seven days a week, 365 day a year battle to not be embarrassed."

Secondary Needs (08:33)

Lavoie discusses the secondary psychological needs of students. Personality is created by the degree a person is motivate by these needs. Lavoie gives a sample motivation profile.

Six Ways to Motivate Kids (08:10)

Lavoie suggests that teachers attempt to motivate students based on what motivates them. He gives examples on how to motivate students based on their personality. Learn the six ways to motivate students.

Power Dynamic Strategies (07:46)

Lavoie shares examples of strategies in motivating students who want power. He suggests disappointment is the most damaging emotion one human begin can give to another.

Chronic Success Deprivation (09:28)

Disappointment is stronger than anger. Lavoie tests the audience to see if they understand power. He discusses the lack of success felt by a student.

Credits: Richard Lavoie: The Motivation Breakthrough (01:35)

Credits: Richard Lavoie: The Motivation Breakthrough

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Motivation is the key to learning. But very few parents and teachers have an effective arsenal of techniques at their disposal. With empathy and understanding, backed by decades of experience in the classroom, Rick Lavoie gives parents and teachers the key to unlock any child's enthusiasm and responsiveness. The Motivation Breakthrough will revolutionize the way parents, teachers, and professionals reach out to and motivate all children. Distributed by PBS Distribution.

Length: 75 minutes

Item#: BVL111655

Copyright date: ©2007

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