Closing the Attitude Gap: How to Fire Up Your Students to Strive for Success

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In this inspiring and thought-provoking follow-up to his 2009 best-seller Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life, Baruti Kafele makes the case that the "attitude gap" that often affects underperforming students can only be closed if educators first help students develop the will to strive for excellence. According to Kafele, educators can achieve remarkable ...

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Overview

In this inspiring and thought-provoking follow-up to his 2009 best-seller Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life, Baruti Kafele makes the case that the "attitude gap" that often affects underperforming students can only be closed if educators first help students develop the will to strive for excellence. According to Kafele, educators can achieve remarkable results by focusing on five key areas:

* The teacher's attitude toward students
* The teacher's relationship with students
* The teacher's compassion for students
* The learning environment
* The cultural relevance of instruction

Replete with practical strategies and illustrative anecdotes drawn from the author's 20-plus years as a teacher and principal in inner-city schools, Closing the Attitude Gap offers a wealth of lessons and valuable insights that educators at all levels can use to fire up their students' passion to learn.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416616283
  • Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
  • Publication date: 8/28/2013
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 121,492
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: How Climate and Culture Shape Attitude

Chapter 2: Attitude Toward Students (Do I Believe in Them?)

Chapter 3: Relationship with Students (Do I Know Them?)

Chapter 4: Compassion for Students (Do I Care About Them?)

Chapter 5: Environment for Learning (Do I Provide Them with an Environment of Excellence?)

Chapter 6: Relevance in Instruction (Do I Realize Who They Are?)

Conclusion

Bibliography

About the Author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    This is a great resource to assist us to deal with students in u

    This is a great resource to assist us to deal with students in urban centers especially the male student who often cannot navigate the systems of the school building. Many of my co workers start the day off wrong by assuming the glare, cold stare or challenging look is personally directed to them. Yet as the book points out it is especially critical for Black and Latino male students that we can navigate the attitude of ourselves and the students. When Kafele says, "I am convinced that black males must have an "attitude of excellence before actually experiencing excellence." The first chapter addresses a norm that is critical for an educator's success climate and culture which also just happen to be core to the new Teacher Evaluation tool in New Jersey. So you can bet I will be developing text dependent questions to assist my close reading understanding of the text.So in effect I can practice what I preach and model what I teach. The book is such an invaluable tool I have both the digital version and text version. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

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    Just the book I have been looking for and waiting for.  Finally,

    Just the book I have been looking for and waiting for.  Finally, another educator who understands that the closure of the achievement gap must be preceded by the closure of the "attitude gap." Like Principal Kafele, I too am an "attitude gap closer." As Principal Kafele states, "when you change the attitude, the content will fall into place." Principal Kafele has written another important work here. Along with his other books, it is a must read.  I encourage all educators to get their hands on Closing the Attitude Gap in order to give our children a far greater chance to fly high. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    This will be short. It is the third time I am attempting to pos

    This will be short. It is the third time I am attempting to post a review; B&N dumped the previous two just as they were finished. I am a high school English teacher with 20+ years of experience teaching urban minority students. I purchased the book intending to give it to my student teachers. What a disappointment. If Mr. Kafele knows how to fire up your students to strive for success and close the attitude gap, he doesn't reveal it in this book. I expect more depth and certainly more supportive detail from my freshmen writers than Kafele displays here. The book is all preaching with very little teaching. You would be better off buying a few more pens and pencils for your classroom. This is the first time I have ever felt compelled to submit a book review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    Anyone and everyone that shares in the life children should read

    Anyone and everyone that shares in the life children should read this book. Mr. Kafele continues to help us understand what is needed to help the disenfranchised child. He leads us to the water. A great resource to the educators and parents that need to hurdle barriers and overcome challenges.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

    Kafele's latest book, "Closing the Attitude Gap," is a

    Kafele's latest book, "Closing the Attitude Gap," is a must read for any administrator or teacher working with children of color. It provides insights for pushing students forward despite the environmental and institutional challenges they may face. It should be required reading for any collegiate educational program looking to produce educators ready to face the challenges of the 21st century.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    If you're an educator or even a student you need to have this bo

    If you're an educator or even a student you need to have this book in your arsenal. It is well written, complete with strategies and solutions to move your students to the next level. Changing and developing positive student attitudes is essential to effective teaching, productive and positive teacher/student relationships and student success. Kafele is passionate about student achievement and teacher effectiveness and it comes through in this book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who who considers themselves a serious educator and looking for a winning edge. I can't wait to share it with my staff and students. This book is a winner!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    The American-African student faces a dilemma that is particular

    The American-African student faces a dilemma that is particular to only this student. It is a dilemma of Positive-Historical-Cultural –Identity. Too often most school systems, in the United Sates of America, have attempted to educate this student without providing compensation for this dilemma. ‘Closing the Attitude Gap: How to Fire Up Your Students to Strive for Success’ written by Baruti Kafele, particularly area five: The cultural relevance of instruction, is an honest attempt to address this dilemma and serves as a primal start in filling the void in the cultural soul of American-African students.
    Theodore Boler - Educator

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