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

Promoting Student Voice

Promoting student voice

As the River View Middle School students entered their third period class, Mr. Jackson asked for a volunteer to pass out a small packet to the students. Once the students had settled into their seats and had the packets on their desks, Mr. Jackson asked for their attention.

“Good morning everyone. I hope you are having a good day so far. You might recall from yesterday's class that we will be starting a new unit in a couple of weeks. The next unit will focus on plate tectonics. Who has an idea of what plate tectonics is about?”

Mr. Jackson scans the room and sees a few students raise their hands. “Great, some of you know a little bit about it. Wonderful. ...

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