Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8: Teaching Kids to Succeed

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A fresh approach to getting kids to work smarter and better, not just harder As teachers and parents, our job is to teach students to tackle challenges rather than avoid them. Award-winning teacher and best-selling author Debbie Silver addresses the relationship between student motivation and risking failure, calling failure a temporary "glitch" that provides valuable learning opportunities. She explains motivational theory, provides down-to-earth-often humorous-real life examples, and outlines concrete, ...

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Overview

A fresh approach to getting kids to work smarter and better, not just harder As teachers and parents, our job is to teach students to tackle challenges rather than avoid them. Award-winning teacher and best-selling author Debbie Silver addresses the relationship between student motivation and risking failure, calling failure a temporary "glitch" that provides valuable learning opportunities. She explains motivational theory, provides down-to-earth-often humorous-real life examples, and outlines concrete, applicable guidelines for helping students overcome setbacks and failure to foster lifelong success. Key topics include: How to help students become autonomous, enthusiastic, lifelong learners Why failure is not only an option, but a very concrete way of gaining ground The difference between a "pep talk" and specific, relevant feedback that enhances self-efficacy This reader-friendly guide's examples of dialogue and vignettes demonstrate what to say when giving feedback to students. Also included is a discussion guide for teacher leaders. Teachers, parents, and other student advocates will find helpful strategies for helping students learn to solve problems, take risks, and pursue success with confidence.

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Editorial Reviews

Karen L. Tichy
“This is the best book on success factors related to learning that I have read. Debbie Silver does a masterful job of weaving theory, practice, research, popular literature, applications, and personal experiences together to provide readers with a multi-faceted presentation on each success factor.”
Scott Bailey
“A truly fresh take on getting more from our kids! Read this book if you want to work smarter instead of harder and to bring enthusiasm back to your classroom or school.”
Chris Toy
"Thisbook is a wonderful and dynamic weaving of ageless wisdom, personal experience, and research-based knowledge of the art and science of effective teaching. Her writing is accessible, engaging, personal, and thought provoking, just as good teaching should be. Read this book!"
Patti Kinney
"This is a 'must read' book for anyone desiring to help young people become confident, self-directed learners. Readers will walk away not only challenged in their thinking, but with a multitude of strategies that help students develop the internal motivation so necessary for success in today’s world."
Dr. Danny Brassell
"The joy and energy that Debbie Silver brings to her amazing presentations shine on each page of this book. Every teacher will appreciate Silver’s enthusiasm and positive outlook. Use this bookto infect your students with a love for learning!"
Dr. Monte Selby
“Debbie Silver’s insightful book is a must read for anyone ready to embrace proven skills to help kids motivate themselves for success. Discarding practices that don't work, she illustrates parenting and classroom strategies that teach children productive habits, happiness and inspiration. This book will be shared and recommended for years to come!”
Rick Wormeli
"Debbie Silver'sclear and effective responses to difficult classroom situations make so much sense, teachers and principals will use them as templates for decades to come. She makes connections among motivational theories and everyday practices that only someone with her intellect and experience can make, and she does it with a skilled storyteller’s craft and a gifted parent’s humanity. The book is revelatory."
Eduardo Briceño
“Dr. Silver brings together the key aspects of motivating young learners that help teachers and parents develop self-directed individuals. She presents important frameworks in accessible ways along with actionable, proven techniques. Recommended reading!”
Doug Johnson
In readable, heartfelt prose, Debbie Silver offers pragmatic guidance on making all children independent, motivated, resilient and successful learners. I want my grandsons' teachers to memorize this book.
Midwest Book Review
"This book offers real-world, humorous examples of the guidance teachers give to students to help them achieve and overcome obstacles, joining together success factors and their theory and applications."
Julianne Scullen
Reading Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8 was like a breath of fresh air. THIS I can use to inspire. THIS will give teachers practical ways to approach their students. I just counted 18 tabs now in my book—each marking a place I wanted to remember or share.”
SEN Magazine
The book uses a number of case studies and scenarios where the reader is asked to make the best choices in terms of dealing with situations. It also includes a discussion guide which proposes a number of discussion topics relating to each chapter. These would form a good basis for group discussion or for reflective practitioners.
Dr. Danny Brassell
"The joy and energy that Debbie Silver brings to her amazing presentations shine on each page of this book. Every teacher will appreciate Silver’s enthusiasm and positive outlook. Use this bookto infect your students with a love for learning!"
Dr. Monte Selby
“Debbie Silver’s insightful book is a must read for anyone ready to embrace proven skills to help kids motivate themselves for success. Discarding practices that don't work, she illustrates parenting and classroom strategies that teach children productive habits, happiness and inspiration. This book will be shared and recommended for years to come!”
Eduardo Briceño
“Dr. Silver brings together the key aspects of motivating young learners that help teachers and parents develop self-directed individuals. She presents important frameworks in accessible ways along with actionable, proven techniques. Recommended reading!”
Karen L. Tichy
“This is the best book on success factors related to learning that I have read. Debbie Silver does a masterful job of weaving theory, practice, research, popular literature, applications, and personal experiences together to provide readers with a multi-faceted presentation on each success factor.”
Scott Bailey
“A truly fresh take on getting more from our kids! Read this book if you want to work smarter instead of harder and to bring enthusiasm back to your classroom or school.”
Chris Toy
"Thisbook is a wonderful and dynamic weaving of ageless wisdom, personal experience, and research-based knowledge of the art and science of effective teaching. Her writing is accessible, engaging, personal, and thought provoking, just as good teaching should be. Read this book!"
Patti Kinney
"This is a 'must read' book for anyone desiring to help young people become confident, self-directed learners. Readers will walk away not only challenged in their thinking, but with a multitude of strategies that help students develop the internal motivation so necessary for success in today’s world."
Doctor - Danny Brassell
"The joy and energy that Debbie Silver brings to her amazing presentations shine on each page of this book. Every teacher will appreciate Silver’s enthusiasm and positive outlook. Use this bookto infect your students with a love for learning! "
Doctor - Monte Selby
“Debbie Silver’s insightful book is a must read for anyone ready to embrace proven skills to help kids motivate themselves for success. Discarding practices that don't work, she illustrates parenting and classroom strategies that teach children productive habits, happiness and inspiration. This book will be shared and recommended for years to come!”
Rick Wormeli
"Debbie Silver'sclear and effective responses to difficult classroom situations make so much sense, teachers and principals will use them as templates for decades to come. She makes connections among motivational theories and everyday practices that only someone with her intellect and experience can make, and she does it with a skilled storyteller’s craft and a gifted parent’s humanity. The book is revelatory."
Eduardo Briceno
“Dr. Silver brings together the key aspects of motivating young learners that help teachers and parents develop self-directed individuals. She presents important frameworks in accessible ways along with actionable, proven techniques. Recommended reading!”
Doug Johnson
In readable, heartfelt prose, Debbie Silver offers pragmatic guidance on making all children independent, motivated, resilient and successful learners. I want my grandsons' teachers to memorize this book.
Midwest Book Review
"This book offers real-world, humorous examples of the guidance teachers give to students to help them achieve and overcome obstacles, joining together success factors and their theory and applications."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412998772
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/22/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 198,837
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Learn more about Debbie Silver's PD offerings

Debbie Silver is truly a “teacher’s teacher!” She is a former science teacher and an award-winning educator with 30 years experience as a classroom teacher, staff development instructor, and university professor. Her numerous recognitions include being named the 1990 Louisiana State Teacher of the Year and the 2007 Distinguished Alumnus from the College of Education at Louisiana Tech University. Along the way she has taught almost every grade level and most every kind of student.

Debbie is one of the most popular keynoters and professional development presenters in the United States. Audiences everywhere respond to her use of humor and sensitivity to remind them of how important teachers are in the lives of children. Her insights into student and teacher behavior are extraordinary. Through research-based theory, poignant stories, and hilarious characterizations she connects with the souls of all who are involved in education.

Dr. Silver has been an invited author for several educational journals and has given keynotes at state, national, and international conferences in 49 states, throughout Canada, Europe, Mexico, the Middle East, and Asia.

Debbie is the author of the bestselling book, Drumming to the Beat of Different Marchers: Finding the Rhythm for Differentiated Learning. She is a co-author of Because You Teach and Middle School Matters. Songs she co-wrote with Monte Selby are featured on his latest cds. She and her husband, Dr. Lawrence Silver, have five grown sons, three daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren (so far). They live with two dogs in Melissa, Texas.

Debbie can be reached through her website: www.debbiesilver.com

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Carol Ann Tomlinson
Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Author
1. Self-Motivation - What Is It, and How Do We Use It to Empower Children?
Albert Bandura and Self-Efficacy
Motivation or Self-Motivation?
Try This
TUH-tuh-tuh-DAH! for Kids
Amy Chua, Author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
Adults Need to Work in Tandem With Children's Motivation
Entitlement or Empowerment?
Sample Adult Statements
2. Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD)
Mastery Learning Experience
Lev Vygotsky and "Zone of Proximal Development"
3. Self-Regulation, Deliberate Practice, and Failure
Instant Gratification and Its Implications
Adults Modeling Self-Regulation
Ericsson's Deliberate Practice
Expertise and the Ten-Year Rule
Failure? There's an "App" for That
My Skating Rink Story
Helping Kids Deal With Failure
Adults Modeling Recovery Practices
4. Attribution Theory - Why Did I Succeed (or not)?
More on A Simplified Version of Attribution Theory
Learned Helplessness
Effective Feedback
The Littering Experiment
Rosenthal's Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
5. Mindset - The Key to Self-Motivation
Fixed Mindset/Growth Mindset
Taking the Joy From the Artist
Gifted Kids and Coping With Failure
Fostering a Growth Mindset in Children
Feedback That Changes Perspectives
Conclusion
6. What Do I Get for Doing It? (Examining Rewards)
My Parents and Rewards
My Love Affair With Rewards
My Aha Moment With Rewards
My Reward Fiasco
Varying Degrees of Rewards
Paul Chance, The Voice of Reason
Praise As a Reward
No More Stars, Stickers, or Trophies? Really?
Motivating Kids to Do Unexciting Tasks
Rewards as Affirmations
Conclusion
7. Autonomy, Time, and Flow
Autonomy
Optimal Learning Environment and Flow
8. Helping Students Stay Motivated as They Get Older
Procrastination
Helping Older Children Cope With Failure
9. Inspiring Young Children
Wiped Out
Be Careful About Indirect Communication
Helping Kids Who Are Afraid
10. FAQs About Teaching Students to Be Successful
The Story of a Phoenix
Glossary
Discussion Guide
References
Index
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