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Strategies That Promote Student Engagement
Unleashing the Desire to Learn

Second Edition


August 2008 | 200 pages | Corwin

"A captivating topic for teachers, as we all have students who are capable and yet choose not to learn."
—Melissa Miller, Sixth-Grade Teacher
Lynch Middle School, Farmington, AR

"The authors are clearly passionate about the need to uncover and build upon students' desire and motivation to learn."
—Paul Parkison, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
University of Southern Indiana

Discover how to release the will to learn in all students!

Students who have a strong sense of self-worth and know what they can achieve are more likely to be fully engaged in the learning process and capable of significant academic achievements. This updated edition of Connecting With Students' Will to Succeed offers practical lessons to help all students channel their emotions and energy into becoming positive, self-motivated, and self-directed learners.

Focusing on the concept of conation—"the internal drive that pushes one beyond ordinary expectations and accomplishments"—the authors offer research-based strategies that enable teachers to nurture self-esteem in students and inspire learners with low expectations to strive for excellence. This revised resource offers:

  • Updated research that informs teaching methods
  • Chapter-opening quotes from teachers and students
  • Additional grade-specific individual and group activities that include instructional objectives for specific content areas
  • Suggestions for both formal and informal assessments in each chapter

Strategies That Promote Student Engagement is a road map for connecting the heart, mind, and will of teachers and students to the lifelong pursuit of learning.


 
Foreword by Raymond F. Morgan
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
1. Understanding Conation
Where Does the Will to Live, Learn, and Succeed Reside?

 
What Is Conation?

 
How Is Conation Different From Extrinsic Motivation?

 
What Is Conative Intelligence (CI)?

 
 
2. Captivate, Connect, and Cultivate: Creating Lessons That Promote Learning
Conative Strategies for Engaging Learners

 
Designing Lessons That Reach the Heart of Learning

 
Using Teaching Strategies Effectively in the Conative Domain

 
Increasing Student Self-Efficacy With Choice

 
Achieving High Performance in Spite of the Odds

 
Lessons From the Heart of Learning: Instructional Strategies

 
 
3. Where Learning Lives: Instructional Activities That Engage Students
What Is Learning?

 
What Is Courage?

 
Gholar and Riggs? Conative Taxonomy

 
Conation and Character Building: The Strength and Spirit of Learning

 
What Is Character?

 
Character Development

 
When Conation, Courage, and Character Become One

 
Lessons From the Heart of Learning: Instructional Strategies

 
 
4. An Invitation to Learn: Awakening and Motivating Your Classroom
Inviting Success

 
Connecting to Students? Lives Outside of School

 
Ensuring the Academic Success of Adolescents

 
Conation Moves the Heart of a Teacher

 
The Origins of Success and Failure

 
Lessons From the Heart of Learning: Instructional Strategies

 
 
5. For All of Them, I Teach: Reflecting on Your Teaching Philosophy
Authentic Teaching in the Conative Domain

 
Using Diverse Teaching Styles

 
Using STARS to Support the Will to Learn

 
Implementing the Four I?s of Teacher Leadership

 
Promoting Conation Schoolwide

 
Lessons From the Heart of Learning: Instructional Strategies

 
 
6. The Bridge Between the Desire to Achieve and Reality: Putting It All Together
The Will

 
The Bridge Metaphor

 
Insights Regarding Conation: Next Steps

 
 
Resources
Lexicon of Two Hundred Words, Thoughts, Phrases, Attitudes, and Expectations That Build Conative Connections

 
Teaching to the Test: A Reflection

 
 
References
 
Index

"This book is truly relevant to any educator genuinely interested in maximizing a student's potential. The authors provide lessons at the end of each chapter that cross many segments of the curriculum."

Todd Boucher, Social Studies Teacher
Biloxi High School, MS

"The authors are clearly passionate about the need to uncover and build upon the students’ desire and motivation to learn."

Paul Parkison, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
University of Southern Indiana

"A captivating topic for teachers, as we all have students who are capable and yet choose not to learn."

Melissa Miller, Sixth-Grade Teacher
Lynch Middle School, Farmington, AR
Key features
  • Discussion of the learning process, including what drives students to excel in the classroom
  • Success stories from teachers and students
  • Adaptable lesson plans across the content areas for primary and secondary classrooms
  • Research based instructional strategies
  • Informal and formal assessment suggestions

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