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The Secret to Student Motivation and Success

Layered with effective methodologies, this guide shares a holistic construct encompassing mindset, emotions, effort, and outcomes to address relationships, empathic capacity, trust, culturally responsive teaching, and student passion.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071856154
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2022
  • Page Count: 112
  • Publication date: March 14, 2022

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Understand Where Your Students are Coming From!

The factors that influence students’ beliefs and attitudes about the value of formal education are complex and expansive, especially with respect to marginalized student populations. Motivational speaker and master storyteller Dr. Tommie Mabry builds from personal experiences as a child labeled “at risk” to promote empathy and understanding in motivating the success of youth.

Written in a clear style, this practical guide leads educators through shifting student perspectives on the value and benefits of formal schooling, beginning first with teacher self-examination of their own perspectives. Perspective is a holistic construct that encompasses mindset, emotions, effort, and outcomes. Layered with effective methodologies, chapters address a range o­f critical topics important to this view of perspective, including extensive information on

  • Building positive relationships
  • Drawing on educators’ empathic capacity
  • Engendering trust
  • Practicing culturally responsive teaching
  • Igniting students’ passions

Written with an emphasis on marginalized students and adverse childhood experiences, the concepts and strategies are applicable across all student populations.



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Dr. Tommie Mabry

Dr. Tommie Mabry grew up in Jackson, Mississippi. With a lack of positive role models, Dr. Mabry turned to life in the streets. He was expelled from numerous schools and by age 11, he was arrested for breaking and entering. Things started to change for Dr. Mabry when he joined an AAU basketball team that traveled around the world. Although he was shot in the foot during his senior year, he received a full basketball scholarship to Missouri State University West Plains. After completing his undergraduate studies at Tougaloo College, he taught school in the same district where he had been expelled numerous times. Subsequently he has served as Director of Enrollment at Tougaloo College before founding the company that bears his name. He earned his Ph.D. from Jackson State University and has published three books, A Dark Journey to a Light Future, If Tommie Can Do It, We Can Do It, and Little Tommie’s Four B’s.

Dr. Mabry’s platform tackles the experiences and challenges that minority students face in communities and educational environments. By focusing on real-life topics such as, bullying, life skills, classroom management and more, it gives students a positive outlook on teaching and learning and the ability to balance.

As an advocate for education and student success, Dr. Mabry travels around the country encouraging educators to focus on the whole student and motivating youth to never give up on hope.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Publisher’s Acknowledgments

About the Author



Chapter 1: Shut Up and Listen…Actively: Value the Voices of Others

Chapter 2: Should Is a Futile Word: Build Your Students Up With Principles

Chapter 3: Re-Examine Yourself: Dig Deep and Go Beyond Biases

Chapter 4: Know Their Strengths: Develop Positive Attitudes and Student Growth

Chapter 5: Put Yourself in Their Shoes: Understand and Respond to Their Whys

Chapter 6: Show Them You Care: Create Safe Spaces and Build Trust

Chapter 7: Get Them Moving: Engage Them with Kinesthetic and Collaborative Learning

Chapter 8: Your Students Will Teach You: Connect With Culturally Responsive Teaching

Chapter 9: Dreams Lead to Education: Capture Their Passions in Your Lessons

Chapter 10: What Shaped My Perspective?: Your Students Need You




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