'Drive' Book Study & Classroom Application

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Drive Book Study &
Classroom Application

June 7August 1, 2021

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Dan Pink has made a profound impact on my teaching. Drawing on decades of research, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what education does. Many of our schools are stuck using “carrot and stick” approaches that often fail and actually do harm. This book study will examine the elements of intrinsic motivation-autonomy, mastery and purpose as well as how to put these principles into action in your classroom. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their own practice as well as engage with other educators to cultivate new ideas and concepts. Along the way, we will visit classrooms that are enlisting new approaches to motivation and meet teachers who are blazing a trail for us.

Instructor: Chris Gleason

Gleason,_Chris_headshot_2020_REBALChris Gleason is an instrumental music educator at Patrick Marsh Middle School in Sun Prairie, WI. He is the 2017 Wisconsin Middle School Teacher of the Year, 2017 GRAMMY Music Educator Award semifinalist, and the first Wisconsin teacher in 50 years to be named a finalist for National Teacher of the Year. In 2009, Gleason started the ComMission Possible Project that annually commissions new works for band; recent commissions have included works by John Mackey, Michael Markowski, Alex Shapiro, Brian Balmages, Sam Hazo, Andrew Boysen Jr. and others. Gleason recently served as a Teacher Leadership and Engagement Specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, inspiring future education majors across the state. He is the past-chair of the Wisconsin Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP) Committee, the Wisconsin State Middle-Level Honors Band and the Wisconsin State Middle-Level Honors Project. Gleason has been featured in the March 2015 issue of The Instrumentalist magazine, and in books such as Think Like Socrates: Using Questions to Invite Wonder and Empathy into the Classroom (Shanna Peeples, 2018) and Rehearsing the Middle School Band (Stephen Meyer, 2018). Gleason is a 2018-19 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow who traveled to South Africa in 2019. He is the founder and organizer of the Beyond the Notes Music Festival  in Wisconsin Dells that has inspired more than 35,000 young musicians and 70 future music educators to date. Gleason recently presented his TEDxOshkosh talk entitled “Lighting a Fire in Kids.”

Course Details

Drive Book Study &
Classroom Application

Course Code 7591

Chris Gleason

3 Graduate Credits

$1,0650, due in full with registration

Online Chat Sessions


Required Text(s)
Drive: The Surprising Truth
About What Motivates Us

by Daniel H. Pink
(Riverhead Books)

Software/Hardware Requirements
Internet access is required. 

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