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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Reprint edition (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743289617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743289610
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Rick's experiences as an educator, father, and consultant shine through as he describes obstacles to motivation and eloquently articulates interventions that will be most effective in sparking the interest and joy of kids, especially given their different needs." -- Robert Brooks, Ph.D., author of The Self-Esteem Teacher and coauthor of Raising Resilient Children

"Sheer genius! Lavoie's gift for creatively motivating even the most difficult students is unrivaled. A must-read for educators who want to learn from a master teacher!" -- Chris A. Zeigler Dendy, M.S., author of Teaching Teens with ADD and ADHD and coauthor of A Bird's-Eye View of Life with ADD and ADHD

"Rick succeeds in emphasizing how important it is for adults to know what motivates children. The Motivation Breakthrough is a valuable resource for all of us who are searching for ways to inspire and discover that elusive motivational spark in our children." -- Richard L. Goldman, M.Ed., director, Schools Attuned, Los Angeles; assistant director, Center for Teaching and Learning, California State University, Northridge

"Rick Lavoie reminds us on every page that we all possess the power to shape a child's future. The Motivation Breakthrough offers concrete strategies and reveals the most powerful and effective secrets for boosting a child's confidence, self-esteem, and motivation." -- Donna Goldberg, author of The Organized Student

"Richard Lavoie's work has become a centerpiece in teacher preparation curriculum across the United States. The principles espoused by Lavoie in this book are testimony to what many effective educators have known for a long time: in learning, often the journey is just as important as the destination. This is a must-read for anyone connected with the field of education." -- Michael E. Spagna, Ph.D., professor and executive director, the Center for Teaching and Learning, Michael D. Eisner College of Education, California State University, Northridge

About the Author

Richard Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed., has worked as a teacher and headmaster at residential special education facilities for the past thirty years. He holds three degrees in special education and serves as a consultant to several agencies and organizations. The father of three adult children, he lives with his wife in Barnstable, Massachusetts. He welcomes visitors to his website at www.ricklavoie.com

More About the Author

Richard Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed., has worked as a teacher and headmaster at residential special education facilities for the past thirty years. He holds three degrees in special education and serves as a consultant to several agencies and organizations. The father of three adult children, he lives with his wife in Barnstable, Massachusetts. He welcomes visitors to his website at www.ricklavoie.com.

Customer Reviews

This book is a must read for ALL parents!
ra2sky
There's a wealth of information for teachers how parents can work with their child's teacher/school to keep them motivated.
Sheri Fogarty
This book helps us to understand why things might be going wrong in a child's life and proposes solutions that really work.
Elaine Vanessa Reed

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Bass on October 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Lavoie again shows keen insight into the plight of America's learning disabled students. His opinions are often controversial, but always thought provoking. In this book, he addresses not only the needs of the learning diabled child, but also the professional educator and parent. He is not afraid to challenge us to re-evaluate our view of the role of teacher, and by challenging us, compells us to reassess what dynamic teaching is all about.
I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who deals with a non-compliant student or child, and learn the difference between motivation and behavior modification. It's definitely a must for all special education teachers!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Vanessa Reed on November 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
There is always a child whose behaviour/reactions are the cause for extra concern;not only from the educator's viewpoint but also from parent's and even that child's own. This book helps us to understand why things might be going wrong in a child's life and proposes solutions that really work.It has enabled a child I work with to gain a grip on his behaviour through facilitating a greater understanding of the way his mind ticks amongst the adults involved in his life.It could help you crack that case that is making you feel like you just don't know enough...seeing the tremendous change in this particular child's life has done it for me!
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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful By L. MB VINE VOICE on October 22, 2008
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This is a book that is similar to the ones about learning style, personality types, and "love languages." It follows the same pattern. It discusses the importance of finding out the strengths, likes and dislikes of kids, how they interact with other people and with the information they are given in school. It talks about what motivates different people, and how to tell what motivates certain children, so that you can use that to encourage compliance and participation. It is not written in highly technical language. So it is parent friendly. I had a tough time with the first 3 chapters. I didn't think the author was ever going to stop talking about himself! Also, he had one example in the 1st three chapters that I found disturbing, and it hung over the rest of the reading. He goes on and on about how important it is to find what motivates adults and children to change. I mean on and on. Then he goes into an example of a teacher who would take recess away for a student. He has a talk with her. She doesn't change. So he just writes in the special education plan that the teacher can't take away recess for the student anymore. Now, I agree with the idea that taking away recess is ineffective. But, if he tried to find out what motivated the teacher, and tried to do something to bring about a change (thereby keeping her from doing it to another student) he obviously failed. So did he try other things that didn't work? Or did he just not trust his own concepts enough to try them? It seems like that situation should have been used to back up his idea on how this whole concept works. Or just leave it out of the book. Because, as I read the rest of the book, I kept wondering if I could trust it to work if he didn't (or if he did, he didn't include how he tried it in this example.Read more ›
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Gutierrez on November 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book for strategies to help my daughter stay motivated in a new school program. Like Lavoie's previous book, It's So Much Work to Be York Friend, The Motivation Breakthrough is clear and digestible for parents.

For quickly assessing a child's motivational type and finding the targeted ideas for their type, begin in chapter three (at p. 107 in the hardcover edition), then skip to the relevant chapter for the child's type.

We found the book so useful that we bought additional copies for our daughter's teacher and the library of our school district's gifted and talented association.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dr. W. Makarowski on November 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Rick Lavoie uses his many years of administrative and personal experiences to help the rest of us who have to teach and live with others who have special needs. After all, each of us has special needs and by making the world a better and more forgiving place for the "disabled", we're making it a better world for all of us! Rick uses anecdotes and specific strategies that really work. This book is well worth the price and definitely worth the time spent reading it. It deserves to be in everyone's library.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ra2sky on April 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My big issue with The Motivation Breakthrough is that its subtitle, "6 Secrets to Turning On the Tuned-Out Child," makes it appear as if this book is for: (1) parents of kids with learning issues, or (2) education professionals. This book is a must read for ALL parents!

The majority of the book discusses six ways (they're all "P" words) that kids can be motivated. Want a list of ways to organize a good Project? What are characteristics of a good teacher/student (People) relationship? What are the pitfalls of Praise and how can it be given effectively? Why are most Prize systems destined to fail but how can they become a help rather than a hindrance to learning? How can you cultivate leadership skills in a child motivated by Prestige or Power?

...and those are just the high-level points. What might teachers learn from sports coaches? How can you better say "I'm proud of you?" Why is Pokemon so fascinating to children? Why should an allowance be unrelated to doing chores? What are unique ways to show affection? I could go on and on. This book provides an astonishing amount of insight and real-life tips for any parent or teacher.

Lavoie writes clearly and his points are well-organized. This is not just a book to read, but to buy; you'll want to flag, highlight, take notes in it, and refer to it often.
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