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

Building Positive Relationships Around Learning

Building positive relationships around learning

After lunch, Jennifer and Rashad were on their way to health class. Rashad was talking excitedly about a project they were working on in class and Jennifer was listening intently.

“And then Mrs. Zales let me and Max try out one of our ideas in the back while the rest of the students continued working on their experiments and lab reports!”

Jennifer smiled at Rashad. “Wow. You really like science! My class is just so boring.”

Rashad paused for a moment. “You know—I am not so sure it is just because of the science stuff. Mrs. Zales really cares about us. She really pushes us to work hard and challenges us, but she also understands when we make mistakes. ...

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