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Below, I have salvaged a few projects from a while back that still resonate for me, and I think they address both Dan Pink and Thomas Edison's ideas below.
Dan Pink's three elements of motivation from Drive:
1. Autonomy – the desire to direct our own lives.
2. Mastery — the urge to get better and better at something that matters.
3. Purpose — the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves.
“The most necessary task of civilization is to teach people how to think. It should be the primary purpose of our public schools. The mind of a child is naturally active, it develops through exercise. Give a child plenty of exercise, for body and brain. The trouble with our way of educating is that it does not give elasticity to the mind. It casts the brain into a mold. It insists that the child must accept. It does not encourage original thought or reasoning, and it lays more stress on memory than observation.”
― Thomas A. Edison
Here is a collaborative website my ninth graders created with mythology resources, including custom Google maps they made: Mythology Resources 2014-15