Thursday, June 7, 2012

Final post....yay

In motivation, I learned just that.  I know that sounds simple and is a “duh that’s what the class is about” response, but it was so much more than just that.  I never really truly understood something’s, and how people were motivated to get to that extent-both negative and positive- and with this class it seemed to all make sense.  For example, drugs and addiction.  My mom is going to school for counseling and is working at a rehab for children.  The fact that there are children there who are younger then my little brother, and have been court ordered there just blows my mind.  I just couldn’t fathom what would motivate these kids to become drug addicts; some have been in jail before for other crimes.  It just didn’t make sense.  But after reading more about addiction and such, it made so much more sense to me and now I wish I could help them more.  I also learned that there are many different types of motivation, which stems from so many different things.

My end goal for right now is to become an elementary school teacher.  I feel like this class helped so much with just that aspect as well as many others, because it showed me different ways of motivation, and different ways of thinking about it.

My favorite part of the class I have to say is the fact of going off my last post.  I know I have talked about this topic already but I will explain why.  When I started reading the chapters about drugs and addiction, I was in class observing, and I guess I had such a confused look on my face that my cooperating teacher looked at me and asked what was wrong.  I told her I didn’t understand why I was learning about all of this stuff, it seemed so negative, and I took this class hoping to have a positive outlook.  She was also rather confused, until one day it clicked.  You have to learn about the negatives to see the positives and understand them more.  Everyone knows life isn’t all rainbows and butterflies obviously but still, when someone hears “motivation” it’s usually a happy thing. 

As I said earlier, I really feel as though with this class, it will relate to my everyday life 24/7.  Now it seems as though there are so many attention problems with children that any different type of motivation works.

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