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Teammates as a Source of Motivation at LPS Richmond

Sophia Thomas, teacher, explains how peers can be a source of support and motivation for students in setting and attaining goals.


Transcript: Sophia Thomas: One cool thing I saw happening really early was that there was this really nice peer pressure that was happening when students weren't picking goals that were going to really push them or weren't really good goals. I clearly remember one week a student decided he was going to only do three assessments for the entire week. When, in fact, you're expected to do at least two per day. Immediately, because the recorder was writing stuff down, they're like how many – because they do that on a weekly basis and they do it on a daily basis. They are checking in. When he said three, immediately a student said come on. You can do better than that. How about five? Another one said, no, no, no. Seven, he can do seven. He was like no. And it was like come on, man. You can do seven. Eventually, he was like, okay, I guess. He went ahead and changed his goal. That pressure would be such a more difficult conversation when it's coming from the teacher. But to have your peers actually say you need to set higher expectations for yourself and have them do that. That is really cool