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

Classroom Practices and Strategies
Classroom practices and strategies


Section I of this book described the nature of motivation in the classroom and how our beliefs as teachers influence the ways we access that motivation. Again, we encourage readers to remember that although motivation in the classroom will ebb and flow, it is always there ready to be harnessed. Section II builds on the previous section by describing practices and providing examples of strategies that can help teachers capitalize on and use motivation in the classroom to maximize learning. The next four chapters offer resources that readers can go back to again and again.

Each of the following chapters focuses on an essential element of motivation. Chapter 3 addresses how teachers can tap into motivation by promoting student ...

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