Heads Up

Welcome to Heads Up, a blogging experiment that aims to: 

  • connect the people, parts, and principles of Durham Academy;
  • share ideas about learning and human development;
  • spotlight a few of the many wondrous things I get to see every day at Durham Academy. 

Thanks for reading the posts below — and sending news, links and ideas worth sharing. 

Michael Ulku-SteinerHead of School 


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The secret of effective motivation

Earlier this month, DA Middle and Upper School parent Frances Dowell shared an interesting article.

Frances is the author of of Dovey Coe, The Secret Language of Girls, Ten Miles Past Normal, Shooting the Moon and other novels for young readers. Click here to see her website.

The article describes a fascinating longitudinal study with relevance for every student, teacher, and parent at Durham Academy. An excerpt:

We analyzed data drawn from 11,320 cadets in nine entering classes at the United States Military Academy at West Point, all of whom rated how much each of a set of motives influenced their decision to attend the academy. The motives included things like a desire to get a good job later in life (an instrumental motive) and a desire to be trained as a leader in the United States Army (an internal motive).

How did the cadets fare, years later? And how did their progress relate to their original motives for attending West Point?

Click here to see the full article. 

Posted by mulkus on Tuesday July, 29, 2014


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