Do you think people are motivated by carrots and sticks? At the base or mechanical level, I think people are. At the higher cognitive levels, Daniel Pink and others have found that people are not. At the elementary school where I work, we have an elaborate system of rewards (Dino dollars) for doing things like being nice on the playground, being responsible in the library, or wearing a blue shirt for autism awareness week. My kindergarten class (somewhat secretly) does not participate. I think these extrinsic motivators inhibit a child’s ability to develop intrinsic motivation. At the same time, I would think that my kids are highly motivated. We sing, dance, and tell stories all day. We love learning for the sake of learning. (Usually) If you have some time check out this rsa animate video by Daniel Pink. Do you agree with the findings of these studies? Are you motivated by autonomy, mastery, and purpose?