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Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8
Teaching Kids to Succeed

  • Debbie Silver - Education Consultant, Keynote Speaker, and Author, www.debbiesilver.com


May 2012 | 240 pages | Corwin
In todayÆs educational setting there seems to be a universal call for student engagement. The topic of student motivation is foremost in almost every attempt at educational reform. Recent research on the topics of motivation, self-efficacy, attribution theory, implicit personality theory, goal orientation, and resiliency has provided new insights about the malleability of mindsets in learners. Appropriate challenges and feedback seem to be the key factors in determining whether a student gives up or perseveres towards an objective. This book is written for teachers, parents, and other student advocates who want to help students become autonomous, enthusiastic lifelong learners. The purpose of this book is to inform adults about motivational theory, and more importantly, to give them concrete, applicable guidelines along with specific examples about what to say and what not to say to learners. The title, Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8, implies that failure in not only a possibility, it is a very concrete way of gaining ground. The author aims to change the conversation from todayÆs ôFailure is not an option,ö to ôWe can utilize what seems to be failure as the next logical step towards oneÆs goals.ö Students need to be taught to view failure as a temporary ôglitchö and a step towards success rather than as a permanent state of being. In laymanÆs terms the author explains the research behind her ideas while offering down-to-earth, often humorous, real life examples.
 
Foreword by Carol Ann Tomlinson
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
1. Self-Motivation - What Is It, and How Do We Use It to Empower Children?
Albert Bandura and Self-Efficacy

 
Motivation or Self-Motivation?

 
Try This

 
TUH-tuh-tuh-DAH! for Kids

 
Amy Chua, Author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

 
Adults Need to Work in Tandem With Children's Motivation

 
Entitlement or Empowerment?

 
Sample Adult Statements

 
 
2. Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD)
Mastery Learning Experience

 
Lev Vygotsky and "Zone of Proximal Development"

 
 
3. Self-Regulation, Deliberate Practice, and Failure
Instant Gratification and Its Implications

 
Adults Modeling Self-Regulation

 
Ericsson's Deliberate Practice

 
Expertise and the Ten-Year Rule

 
Failure? There's an "App" for That

 
My Skating Rink Story

 
Helping Kids Deal With Failure

 
Adults Modeling Recovery Practices

 
 
4. Attribution Theory - Why Did I Succeed (or not)?
More on A Simplified Version of Attribution Theory

 
Learned Helplessness

 
Effective Feedback

 
The Littering Experiment

 
Rosenthal's Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

 
 
5. Mindset - The Key to Self-Motivation
Fixed Mindset/Growth Mindset

 
Taking the Joy From the Artist

 
Gifted Kids and Coping With Failure

 
Fostering a Growth Mindset in Children

 
Feedback That Changes Perspectives

 
Conclusion

 
 
6. What Do I Get for Doing It? (Examining Rewards)
My Parents and Rewards

 
My Love Affair With Rewards

 
My Aha Moment With Rewards

 
My Reward Fiasco

 
Varying Degrees of Rewards

 
Paul Chance, The Voice of Reason

 
Praise As a Reward

 
No More Stars, Stickers, or Trophies? Really?

 
Motivating Kids to Do Unexciting Tasks

 
Rewards as Affirmations

 
Conclusion

 
 
7. Autonomy, Time, and Flow
Autonomy

 
Optimal Learning Environment and Flow

 
 
8. Helping Students Stay Motivated as They Get Older
Procrastination

 
Helping Older Children Cope With Failure

 
 
9. Inspiring Young Children
Wiped Out

 
Be Careful About Indirect Communication

 
Helping Kids Who Are Afraid

 
 
10. FAQs About Teaching Students to Be Successful
The Story of a Phoenix

 
 
Glossary
 
Discussion Guide
 
References
 
Index

"This book offers real-world, humorous examples of the guidance teachers give to students to help them achieve and overcome obstacles, joining together success factors and their theory and applications."

Midwest Book Review, September 2012

Reading Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8 was like a breath of fresh air. THIS I can use to inspire. THIS will give teachers practical ways to approach their students. I just counted 18 tabs now in my book—each marking a place I wanted to remember or share.”

Julianne Scullen, Board of Directors 2013-2016
International Reading Association
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