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What Every Teacher Should Know About Student Motivation

Second Edition
By: Donna E. Walker Tileston

Informed by new research on the brain's plasticity and new insights on how culture relates to student motivation, this resource focuses on engaging even the most reluctant students!

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12, Elementary, Secondary
  • ISBN: 9781412971768
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2010
  • Page Count: 136
  • Publication date: March 30, 2010

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"Teachers often can get frustrated when they think their students don't care. This book gives teachers a way to take ownership of the situation rather than blame students."
—Lyneille Meza, Coordinator of Data and Assessment
Denton ISD, Denton, TX

"This resource addresses the central issue in classrooms today and is full of exciting and applicable information on how to motivate today's learners."
—Gary L. Willhite, Teacher Educator/Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin, La Crosse

Powerful brain-friendly strategies for motivating, challenging, and celebrating your students!

This second edition of Donna Walker Tileston's bestseller is filled with innovative practices for motivating even the most at-risk and reluctant K–12 students. Informed by current research on the plasticity of the brain and new insights on the relationship between culture and student motivation, the book features an extended classroom example of motivational techniques in action and vocabulary pre- and post-tests for teachers and details how:

  • Technology influences the brain and motivation
  • Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation are related to celebrations and rewards
  • Specific strategies can motivate students to begin and finish a task
  • Teachers can foster students' positive self talk and on-task behaviors

Key features

Tileston's distinctive model for turning on students' natural motivation to learn covers:

  • Key research findings on the plasticity of the brain
  • The impact of student culture on learning styles and motivation
  • Technology and its influence on the brain and motivation
  • Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and the difference between rewards and celebrations
  • Strategies to motivate students to begin—and finish—a task
  • Ways to foster positive self-talk and on-task behaviors
  • A vocabulary pre-test, post-test, and summary
  • An extended classroom example demonstrating motivational techniques


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Donna E. Walker Tileston

Donna Walker Tileston is a veteran teacher and administrator. She is currently the president of Strategic Teaching and Learning, a consulting firm that provides services to schools throughout the United States and worldwide. Donna’s publications include Ten Best Teaching Practices: How Brain Research, Learning Styles, and Standards Define Teaching Competencies (2000), which has been on Corwin's bestseller list since its first year in print, in addition to the ten-volume award-winning series What Every Teacher Should Know, now in its second edition. Other recent titles are Teaching Strategies for Active Learning (2006), Teaching Strategies that Prepare Students for High Stakes Tests (2008), and Closing the Poverty and Culture Gap (2009). Donna received her BA from the University of North Texas, her MA from East Texas State University, and her EdD from Texas A & M University-Commerce. She may be reached at www.whateveryteachershouldknow.com

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


About the Author


Vocabulary Pretest

1. What Is Motivation and Why Does It Matter So Much?

What Is Motivation?

Build Intrinsic Motivation

What Is Extrinsic Motivation?

The Difference Between Rewards and Celebrations

2. What Are the Roots of Motivation?

Understanding the Mental Processes

The Self-System

The Metacognitive System

The Cognitive System

3. Motivation to Begin a Lesson or Task

Getting the Brain's Attention

The Role of Self-Attributes

The Role of the Self and Others

The Role of the Student's Perception of the Nature of the World

How Climate Affects Motivation

The Relationship Between Importance and Motivation

Why Is Efficacy Important to Motivation?

4. How Do We Encourage Students to Finish the Task?

Activiating the Metacognitive System

What About Minor Off-Task Behavior?

5. A Model for Developing Motivation in the Classroom

Attitudes Toward and Perceptions of the Learning

Learning States and Discipline Problems

What Ms. Walker Did to Reach Diverse Learners

6. A Model for Facilitating Motivation

A Model for Turning on the Motivation Within

Vocabulary Summary

Student at Risk




Extrinsic Motivation

Vocabulary Posttest

Vocabulary Pretest and Posttest Answer Key





Price: $28.95
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