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What Every Teacher Should Know About Student Motivation

Second Edition


March 2010 | 136 pages | Corwin

"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

 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
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

 
Celebrations

 
Climate

 
Contextualization

 
Extrinsic Motivation

 
 
Vocabulary Posttest
 
Vocabulary Pretest and Posttest Answer Key
 
References
 
Index

"This book is user friendly, informative, creative, and current in today’s society."

Mari Teacher, Fifth-Grade Teacher
Henry B. Burkland School, Middleboro, MA

"Teachers can often get frustrated when they don't think their students care. This book gives the teacher a way to take ownership of the situation rather than blame the students."

Lyneille Meza, Coordinator of Data & Assessment
Denton ISD, TX

"The author addresses the number one issue in the classroom today. This book 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
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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