Dr Burns, neuroscientist, author of over 100 journal articles and multiple books, and a leading expert on how children learn answered this question during a recent presentation to a group of educators in Tuscon, USA.
She explained, "Whenever students have incentives that they are working towards, whether they are simple tokens or something bigger like a movie ticket, you are driving goal setting. That's what you are doing. You are teaching a student to become goal oriented.
And the same thing occurs with these neuroscience based online programs. For example with Reading Assistant, you have the student set a goal that you want them to achieve, even if it's once a week. If they try to read 20 minutes once a week, they've set a goal.
If they can sit there continuously for 20 minutes and not get up and move around, they've set a goal and achieved a goal. You can also do prediction sheets with Reading Assistant.
We do that when we work with our students in our clinic where we get them to predict how far they are going to go. What are you going to read today? How many answers are you going to get right on the comprehension?
And if they predict it, they get more points, then they get a bigger prize at the end. That all works to teach them goal setting.