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Increasing Student Motivation
Strategies for Middle and High School Teachers

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October 2005 | 160 pages | Corwin
All educators aim to spark in students a motivation to learn and succeed in school. The challenge lies in creating an environment and atmosphere that encourages, nurtures, and celebrates the desire to learn in all students.

Grounded in motivational theory, this resource is packed with strategies from hundreds of middle and high school educators who have succeeded in motivating students to learn. Secondary school teachers and school leaders will learn how to apply and modify motivational strategies for all students, while recognizing that each student is unique.

 
Foreword by John A. Pohl
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
1. Motivation Is a Mindset
Each Student Learns

 
Mistakes Aid Learning

 
Positive Feedback Is Necessary

 
Self-Concept Affects the Mindset

 
Summary

 
 
2. Motivation Is Influenced Through Observation
Project Intensity and Enthusiasm

 
Model Self-Confidence

 
Summary

 
 
3. Motivation Is Affected by Timing
Timing of Needs Varies

 
Needs Drive Objectives

 
Summary

 
 
4. Motivation Is Independence
Teach Goal Setting

 
Encourage Performance Appraisal

 
Provide for Self-Reinforcement

 
Role-Play With Optional Actions

 
Summary

 
 
5. Motivation Is Reflected in Victory
Process Leads to Success

 
Success Comes From Finished Products

 
Summary

 
 
6. Motivation Involves Action
Opportunities for Active Learning

 
Situations for Hands-on Activities

 
Summary

 
 
7. Motivation Is Increased Through Transfer
Relate New to Old Learning

 
Adapt Tasks to Student Interests

 
Clarify the Abstract

 
Summary

 
 
8. Motivation Is Inherent to Individuality
Recognize Weaknesses and Strengths

 
Relate Cognitive Experiences to Abilities

 
Demonstrate Talents and Skills

 
Express One’s Differences From Others

 
Summary

 
 
9. Motivation Is Rooted in Ownership
Teach Responsibility

 
Involve Students in Decisions

 
Summary

 
 
10. Motivation Is Natural
Challenge Students

 
Encourage Student Expression

 
Acknowledge Student Views

 
Summary

 
 
Resource A: Strategies and Learning Styles
 
Resource B: Bloom’s Taxonomy, Cognitive
 
Resource C: Positive Word List
 
Resource D: Example, Student Goals
 
Resource E: Example, Student Lesson Plan
 
References
 
Index

"This book is a wonderful resource for both beginning and experienced teachers!"

Art Dickinson, High School Physical Education Teacher
Perry County School District #32, MO

"In our current era of test savvy students, we all need multiple ways to confront the increase in motivation required to have all students achieve their highest levels. Dr. Theobald has provided an important and readable resource for beginning and experienced teachers."

David Waters, Principal
Farmington Senior High School, MO

"A valuable resource for teachers, principals and counselors. This book has a wealth of approaches to assist students to become involved in their own learning, resulting in greater accomplishments for them in the classroom."

Ada L. Cruce, Professor Emeritus
Counselor Education, Southeast Missouri State University

"An inspirational compendium of ideas, highly recommended for public and private educators alike."

Wisconsin Bookwatch, November 2005

Sample Materials & Chapters

Foreword

Introduction

Chapter 1


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