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Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers to Classroom Challenges 1st Edition
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Here's the thing about Larry: He doesn't just get outside the box, he turns it INSIDE OUT. This excellent book is a good example. There are 100s of motivational books and articles you could buy and read, and when you boil most of them down, they're about external motivators -- rewards, guilt, atta-boy/girl strategies. They may work for a small number of students but they're not very sticky. Very few advice-givers take Larry's approach to motivation, with the teacher or advisor acting in ways that promote and nurture INTRINSIC motivation, the kind that begins to hang out in the adolescent brain/heart and eventually takes up full-time residency. Yes, it takes more effort on the part of the teacher/advisor -- but it's not wasted effort, like so many other approaches turn out to be.
In his hugely popular blog for educators, Larry is famous for his "How Do You..." posts (if you don't know about that blog, set aside a few hours to visit [...]). "Helping Students Motivate Themselves" uses the same how-to approach. It has two parts, Classroom Culture and Classroom Instruction, populated by 13 practical chapters presented as Questions, with specific, action-oriented answers. Take Question 5: "How do you help students see problems as opportunities, not frustrations?Read more ›