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Motivation to Learn

Motivation to Learn
Transforming Classroom Culture to Support Student Achievement

A Joint Publication With APA Division 15: Educational Psychology

March 2014 | 240 pages | Corwin

Harness the power of motivation to transform the learning experience!
When properly channeled, motivation propels learning forward. Yet teachers across all grade levels and disciplines struggle to recognize and cultivate this dynamic, social force in the classroom. This essential resource proves that all students are motivated to learn, and provides authentic tools to create and sustain a classroom community that is highly engaged. You’ll discover:

  • Reflection activities that promote student voice and self-efficacy as well as assess existing motivation levels
  • Case studies and best practices based on current motivation theory and research
  • Strategies to design meaningful learning tasks and build positive relationships with students and colleagues

This practical guide, aligned with Race to The Top Initiatives for teacher evaluation and Common Core Standards implementation, shows educators not only how to identify and harness motivation but also to sustain it over time. This is the one resource that will engage you in the thoughtful exploration of motivation and provide you with field-tested strategies that actively involving students, teachers and the whole school.

“The information and reflective exercises presented here allow a faculty to come together, tap into core beliefs, and create a culture of classroom motivation that energizes the entire school.”
—Melanie Mares Sainz, Academic Coach
Lowndes Middle School, Valdosta, GA

Section 1: Understanding Student Motivation
Section Introduction
1. What Is Motivation to Learn?
2. How Do Teacher Beliefs Influence Motivation?
Section 2: Classroom Practices and Strategies to Support Motivation
Section Introduction
3. Promoting Student voice
4. Designing Meaningful Learning Tasks
5. Promoting Challenge With Success
6. Building Positive Relationships Around Learning
Section 3: Maintaining and Sustaining Motivation
Section Introduction
7. Sustaining Motivation Over Time
8. The Social Context of Motivation
9. Maintaining Self-Motivation
Glossary of Key Terms

"Motivating students is a complex task.  Motivation to Learn: Transforming Classroom Culture to Support Student Achievement is an excellent user friendly resource highlighting and illustrating how to navigate through this task step by step, verifying that it is a continuous process for both students and educators."

Charla Buford Bunker BS, MA, NBPTS, Literacy Specialist
Great Falls Public Schools

"The desire to understand motivation begins with the practitioner. Teachers who read this book will be invited to reflect and draw on best practices as the authors scaffold the process with research, scenarios, and supportive tools. Follow the process and the culture of motivation will change in the classroom."

Margarete Couture, Elementary Principal
South Seneca Central School District

"The information and reflective exercises presented here allow  a faculty to come together, tap into core beliefs, and create a culture of classroom motivation that energizes the entire school."

Melanie Mares Sainz, Academic Coach
Lowndes Middle School

"Provides a set of guiding questions and considerations that will serve as proverbial ‘guardrails’ for those working in schools seeking to translate motivation principles into effective strategies. This book has a place on the desks of teacher educators, educational and developmental psychologists, as well as students seeking further advancement."

Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologist Journal
Winter 2014

Perfect addition to my Productive Schools graduate course

Professor Karen Boyle
Curriculum Foundations Dept, Cleveland State University
January 3, 2015

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Michael Middleton

Michael Middleton is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Education Department at the University of New Hampshire where he researches and examines the relation of classroom and culture to adolescent identity and motivation in diverse community settings. Currently, he holds the John and H. Irene Peters Professorship in Education to support his teaching, research and service and has been a recipient of a UNH Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award. Primarily,  his teaching focuses on the preparation of educators to meet the complex demands of classroom teaching.  Early in his career, Michael was a high... More About Author

Kevin Perks

Kevin Perks is a program and research associate with Learning Innovations at WestEd who works with schools and districts across the country to support motivation, engagement and achievement in such areas as standards-based education, literacy, and educational reform. Most recently, Kevin has been working with districts to support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards across all content areas. Kevin began his career in Ohio where he taught at a private school dedicated to addressing the needs of under-served learners with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. Since then he has taught a variety of subjects from K-12... More About Author

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