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Sparking Student Motivation
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Sparking Student Motivation
The Power of Teachers to Rekindle a Love for Learning



August 2020 | 240 pages | Corwin

Be the change that lights the learning fire.

Facing a classroom of attentive, focused, and ready-to-learn students is a teacher’s dream. Nevertheless, this is not always the reality, and pulling students along when they don’t seem interested is frustrating. Too often, a teacher’s daily experience does not align with the dream. 

This book is here to show how you, as a classroom teacher, can generate enthusiasm, confidence, and joy in your students. You can affect motivation and make a difference in their lives. Delve into the what, why, and how by reflecting on your own experiences and unpacking multiple factors that affect motivation. Then, learn how to spark motivation using practical, research-informed strategies that address how to

  • Hone student grouping, rewards, technology, and competition for positive impact
  • Confront and disarm testing conflicts to make assessments a pleasant student experience
  • Examine and empower teacher–student relationships
  • Rethink rules and procedures to improve behavioral outcomes
     

Read this book and you’ll come away prepared to implement strategies that rekindle a love for learning.

 



Key features
The book contains a number of features, across all chapters, that will help the reader to

understand student motivation, and to become efficacious at implementing research-informed

strategies to positively enhance student motivation.
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• Summary tables/figures: several brief tables and figures are integrated into each chapter

to summarize key points.

• Understanding Your Own Motivation: within each chapter, there are opportunities for

readers to engage in brief thought-experiments that will allow them to experience some

of the motivational issues that their own students encounter on a daily basis.

Anderman Proposal 4

• Developmental perspective: each chapter includes discussions of developmental

differences in motivation; whereas the topics addressed in each chapter are relevant to

students of all ages, effective implementation of these strategies must consider students’

ages and grade levels.

• Diversity perspective: motivation is not a “one size fits all” topic, and strategies to

enhance student motivation must be sensitive to students’ varying backgrounds, culture,

and experiences. This is addressed throughout the book.

• Chapter summaries: Each chapter concludes with a chapter summary, recapping the main

take-away points that were covered.

• Applying What You Have Learned: At the end of each chapter, there is an additional

application exercise.

• Strategies: Research-informed instructional strategies are presented in call-out boxes in

each chapter.

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