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Motivation is foundational to learning

This book's bold new vision for professional learning emphasizes the importance of intrinsic motivation and respect for cultural diversity to create a transformative approach to school improvement. Knowing that culture and motivation are inseparable influences on learning, Margery B. Ginsberg provides practical steps that focus on teaching and learning grounded in the reality of children's lives. Because motivated teachers tend to have motivated students, Ginsberg's professional development program creates the same motivational conditions for adult learning that work well for students. The book's processes include Shadowing students to help sharpen teachers' understanding of student motivation.; Conducting home visits to better connect with students' lives and families; Collaborating with other teachers to design lessons; Analyzing data in collaboration with students, families, and community members

Included are an abundance of field-tested tools, templates, and protocols. Teachers and administrators will find an experienced voice of reason to guide them through today's maze of increasing demands as they work toward the ultimate goal of engaging all students.

The Motivational Framework for Culturally Responsive Teaching
The motivational framework for culturally responsive teaching

Against boredom even the gods themselves struggle in vain.

F. W. Nietzsche (1920)

Motivation is a concept that explains one of life's most elusive questions: Why do people do what they do? With regard to education, conventional wisdom as well as research indicate that “motivated” students will surpass “unmotivated” students in learning and performance (Pintrich, 1991). Teachers who are knowledgeable about motivation are more likely to create the conditions under which students strive to excel.

This chapter provides a brief discussion of motivation as it relates to student learning within culturally diverse classrooms. It presents the Motivational Framework for Culturally Responsive Teaching, an instructional language that teachers can use to plan and reflect on lessons ...

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