Some students don't achieve their full potential, while others of similar ability achieve more than predicted. This book shows how important students' motivational mindsets can be in influencing the way they learn.

The Motivating School
The motivating school

This book has concentrated on how teachers can provide optimal learning opportunities. Such classrooms, however, are more likely to be found within a school where the leadership operates the motivating principles outlined here and applies these principles to motivate the teaching staff (Maehr, 1991; Maehr and Midgeley, 1996). School leaders play a critical role in the development of motivating schools. Effective managers understand the importance of linking whole-school development and effectiveness with individual teacher growth and efficacy (Senge et al., 1994).

Just as teachers ‘download’ their mindsets to students via their classroom practice, so school managers, at the top of the ‘motivation chain’, ‘download’ their mindsets to their staff. The model and principles outlined here about motivating students apply equally well ...

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