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Harness the power of motivation to transform the learning experience!

When properly channeled, motivation propels learning forward. Yet teachers across all grade levels and disciplines struggle to recognize and cultivate this dynamic, social force in the classroom. This essential resource proves that all students are motivated to learn, and provides authentic tools to create and sustain a classroom community that is highly engaged. You'll discover: Reflection activities that promote student voice and self-efficacy as well as assess existing motivation levels; Case studies and best practices based on current motivation theory and research; Strategies to design meaningful learning tasks and build positive relationships with students and colleagues

This practical guide, aligned with Race to The Top Initiatives for teacher evaluation and Common Core Standards implementation, shows educators not only how to identify and harness motivation but also to sustain it over time. This is the one resource that will engage you in the thoughtful exploration of motivation and provide you with field-tested strategies that actively involving students, teachers and the whole school.

“The information and reflective exercises presented here allow a faculty to come together, tap into core beliefs, and create a culture of classroom motivation that energizes the entire school.”

—Melanie Mares Sainz, Academic Coach

Lowndes Middle School, Valdosta, GA

Maintaining and Sustaining Motivation
Maintaining and sustaining motivation

Section I of this book provided you with the opportunity to deepen your understanding and to reconceptualize motivation. The focus was on considering motivation as an ongoing, active force that can be accessed as a learner engages in meaningful work and that a teacher can learn to navigate to facilitate the learning process. However, for teachers, having some concrete strategies to enhance the motivational quality of their classroom is instrumental to creating successful learning. Section II addressed motivation to learn by focusing on four important motivation-related areas of focus for teachers to consider: fostering student voice, creating meaningful tasks, promoting challenge with success, and building positive relationships. In Section II, readers were also encouraged to self-assess their practice ...

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