I was intrigued by the idea but didn't consider including it in my plan due to limited time and access to both students and, along with a tight deadline to meet.
However I've since read further into my topic area, and done two student interviews, and, although my reasoning still stands, I have already noticed (tonight in particular) a slightly altered approach to my classes. In particular I've noticed:
- being more aware of/ better at spotting and understanding students' motives and needs at that particular time,
- spending more time planning classes to incorporate what I now know about motivation theory and concepts in tandem with what I want my students to learn,
- a more considered approach to dealing with inappropriate behaviour, i.e. looking for the possible reasons behind an action or response not just dealing with the behaviour in isolation, and
- a slightly disconcerting way of stepping outside of myself to see how I might come across to my students, i.e. whether there is any difference between what I am aiming to do and what my students experience!
What this ultimately achieves, or what downside there might be, will be way beyond the scope of this inquiry but, as is the nature of inquiry, it was never going to be a definite conclusion to a single question but an ongoing process of developing, questioning, reflecting, planning, trialing, developing, questioning, reflecting...