Motivation to Learn: Transforming Classroom Culture to Support Student Achievement

By Michael Middleton, Kevin Perks

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Description

Aligned with Race to The Top Initiatives for teacher evaluation and Common Core State Standards implementation, this practical guide provides field-tested techniques for identifying, harnessing, and sustaining student motivation in the classroom.

When channeled in the right direction, motivation propels learning forward. Yet teachers across all grade levels and disciplines struggle to identify and develop this dynamic, social force.

This resource offers tools to create and maintain a highly engaged classroom community, including:

  • Reflection activities that encourage student voice and self-efficacy as well as assess existing levels of motivation
  • Case studies and best practices based on current motivation theory and research
  • Strategies for designing effective learning tasks and growing positive relationships with students and colleagues

Praise

  • “Motivating students is a complex task. Motivation to Learn: Transforming Classroom Culture to Support Student Achievement is an excellent user friendly resource highlighting and illustrating how to navigate through this task step by step, verifying that it is a continuous process for both students and educators.”

    Charla Buford Bunker, Literacy Specialist, Great Falls Public Schools (Great Falls, MT)
  • “The desire to understand motivation begins with the practitioner. Teachers who read this book will be invited to reflect and draw on best practices as the authors scaffold the process with research, scenarios, and supportive tools. Follow the process and the culture of motivation will change in the classroom.”

    Margarete Couture, Elementary Principal, South Seneca Central School District (Ovid, NY)
  • “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 (Lowndes County, GA)

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