SOLC 6 of 31: Motivation’s Tug and Pull

It’s funny what motivates us – how some projects call us to be done, while others push us away. This weekend I’ve been watching that happen with my 6th grade daughter. She has a set of 12 reading response notes to complete before Monday (she had all week to do them) and despite the week going by, losing her phone until they are done and many reminders – she’s just not doing them.  On the other hand, she has to create a prototype for an invention that she’s created and prepare a speech to introduce this invention. This is due Tuesday. It’s done. It was done with care and pride and thought and without reminders.

I’ve thought a lot about this over the course of the year (since the reading notes seems to be a repeating issue in my house).  Maybe it has to do with the the fact that the teacher doesn’t read or respond to the notes.  Maybe it has to do with the fact that it is the same task every week.  Maybe it is that responding to the book that she’s reading about theme, characters and setting with supporting evidence seems forced, and it is.

Beyond all of those excuses though, there is something to be said for just getting it done. We all have projects that we’d prefer not to do – and yet, we just need to learn how to buckle down and get them done.  It’ll be interesting to see how she figures this out. For now, I’m backing off and letting her figure out the tug and pull of motivation.



  1. caroline524 said,

    March 7, 2016 at 1:11 am

    It’s funny that you wrote about this today because I have Maddie at the kitchen table working on a project that is due tomorrow, but conveniently forgot to mention it until earlier today. Ugh!

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