Increasing Student Motivation: Strategies for Middle and High School Teachers

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Every student enrolled in school can learn; however, the capacity for learning varies among students. As a result of a two-decade-long interest, author Margaret A. Theobald provides teachers with ideas and insights that can help support and motivate middle and high school students to do their best work. This unique book, which defines motivation, contains basic theories and a wealth of useful practical procedures. Easy to pick up, its simple approach and format will help school leaders apply and modify motivational strategies for all students while recognizing that each student is unique.

Written, developed, designed, and presented to teachers and school leaders for immediate application, this handbook provides: General frameworks for thinking about motivation, Hundreds of strategies from middle and high school educators who have succeeded in motivating students to learn, A deeper understanding of the needs of students as those needs relate to students' motivational levels.

Increasing Student Motivation fills an important niche in professional educational literature and will prove to be an invaluable resource for all educators who work with students and are concerned about how to help them maximize their potential.

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Editorial Reviews

Art Dickinson
"This book is a wonderful resource for both beginning and experienced teachers!"
David Waters
"In our current era of test savvy students, we all need multiple ways to confront the increase in motivation required to have all students achieve their highest levels. Dr. Theobald has provided an important and readable resource for beginning and experienced teachers."
Ada L. Cruce
"A valuable resource for teachers, principals and counselors. This book has a wealth of approaches to assist students to become involved in their own learning, resulting in greater accomplishments for them in the classroom."
Wisconsin Bookwatch
"An inspirational compendium of ideas, highly recommended for public and private educators alike."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412906234
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,446,187
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret A. Theobald, Ed.D. has been at Southeast Missouri State University for the past twenty-four years and is a Professor in the Department of Middle and Secondary Education. She was a teacher at the middle and high school levels for more than 15 years in both public and parochial schools in Illinois and Missouri. She earned her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction at Illinois State University with an emphasis on education at the middle level. She has served in several positions with the Missouri Middle School Association and its executive board, including the offices of secretary and president. Her research includes a statewide survey of middle-level practices and trends. The Missouri Middle School Association published the results of this survey in its’ 1994 Missouri Middle Level Practices and Trends: A Resource Directory. She was also co-author for the 1995 publication, The Middle School Principal, Corwin Press. She has made numerous presentations at both the state and national levels and has published several articles. Her most recent research has been in the area of teaching strategies and student motivation.

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Table of Contents

1 Motivation is a mindset 5
2 Motivation is influenced through observation 25
3 Motivation is affected by timing 35
4 Motivation is independence 47
5 Motivation is reflected in victory 57
6 Motivation involves action 67
7 Motivation is increased through transfer 79
8 Motivation is inherent to individuality 87
9 Motivation is rooted in ownership 101
10 Motivation is natural 113
Resource : Bloom's taxonomy, cognitive
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