I have witnessed not only in my own sons, but also in working with other students, that a mild curiosity can grow to a stronger one when good questions and responses are given. I think intrinsic motivation has degrees.
Intrinsic motivation seems to grow exponentially in projects where goals are set. They learn what ever is needed to reach their goals. I think this is due to intrinsic motivation morphing from whatever curiosity led them to pick whatever project they decided complete.
Curiosity and self confidence combined can fuel more intrinsic motivation for some students. Some students can work entirely intrinsically motivated and have no need for extrinsic motivation - they are already motivated.
On Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 10:37 AM, Richard Strausz < Richard.Strausz@farmington.k12.mi.us> wrote:
> > What I have found to be a motivation killer over the > > years is many parents explain that they were bad at a > > branch of mathematics. Thus they unwittingly give > > their student subtle permission to do poorly. > > I wish more parents would keep there bad math > > experiences quiet and not share every problem they > > had with the students. Let the students discover the > > subject themselves > > > > > My experience in talking with parents is that this sentiment comes up > if/when the parent can't help the child with homework. > > Richard >