Motivation: A propensity to pursue projects with persistence.
Whenever I get close to the end of something, I always start asking the question: What is next?
It’s not that I don’t finish what I’ve started, it’s more that I always want to plan ahead a bit. What I’m warning you, gentle reader, is that at the halfway mark of our exploration of emotional intelligence, my mind started to wander just a bit. With a new strategic plan in the works, I thought that a moment of reflection on what motivated me to teach mathematics in the first place, and then on what motivates me at Victoria College, might be in order.
I also thought it might be time to share some motivation, because apparently the ”blah” feelings I always have about this time of term are actually normal, as my good colleague Dr Deb Butler writes about so well.
I’ve written in other posts why I think student success is so vital to our world, so I’ll say no more here. Logical reasons might make some difference, but those are have-to reasons, not want-to.
I’m told by a psychiatric friend that people tend to take mementos of great deeds. Humans like to hoard, apparently. I’ve visited quite a few offices now, over my years here at VC. I think, if I had to guess, that I could probably spot some of these trophies. Take a moment to look at your trophies now. What do they tell you about your motivation? What do they tell you about your want-tos?
I have to admit, I’m just a bit worried about my trophies. They all come from students, although I’m not quite sure what lessons my students learned from me that led them to select these as gifts…
Of course, the best gift my students give me is when they complete their dreams. That can mean walking the stage at graduation, getting that promotion at work, completing a class, or some combination of all three and more.
I attended our KEY Center’s celebration event a few weeks back. It was really awesome to witness their motivation. Their trophies that day were clear, although now, if you walked in there today, they might be just a little harder to spot. All the same, I think I still see their trophies. Their motivation looks a lot like students, giving speeches, saying: “I wanted to be smart…I wasn’t sure I was…their encouragement [was] everything.”
Do you have trophies? Are they things or a bit more metaphysical? Share your motivation or trophies in the replies below!