“I believe there is too much focus on extrinsic rewards,” said Dr. Greg Taranto, principal of Canonsburg Middle School in Pennsylvania. “Rather than focusing on gimmicks, teachers need to focus on learning. When we place the focus on achieving a prize, the student strives for that prize.” In contrast, he said, “By creating dynamic learning environments with interesting and engaging lessons, the focus stays on the learning process.” "
..........and, if the external rewards are disproportionately large, I think it gets counterproductive.
It is very important for us to have that sense of satisfaction due to a job well done.......... even when we do something small.
This should be inculcated in children early in their lives. This is what should be their motivation-- not someone else's appreciation, not some monetary reward.
Now ask me how is "this inculcation" done?
I don't know!
Any concrete ideas are welcome!