A Love for Learning: Motivation and the Gifted Child / Edition 1by Carol Strip Whitney, Gretchen Hirsch
Pub. Date: 06/28/2007
Publisher: Great Potential Press Inc.
Spark the motivation in your gifted child or student! Keep them eager and excited at home and in the classroom! Gifted children are susceptible to many de-motivating factors, which can lead to depression and academic underachievement. The authors present concepts and techniques to counteract those factors, allowing a child's motivation to skyrocket.
Features the Four C's of Motivation:
This new book, with a foreword by Dr. Joanne Rand Whitmore Schwartz, also includes additional resources, books and websites for parents and teachers.
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- 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Table of ContentsForeword
Section I: The Seeds of Motivation
Chapter 1. The Turn-Off Effect
Chapter 2. A 360 Motivation
Section II: When Motivation Disappears: Looking for Causes
Chapter 3. Physical Reasons for Loss of Motivation
Chapter 4: Emotional Reasons for Loss of Motivation
Chapter 5: Social Reasons for Loss of Motivation
Chapter 6: School Reasons for Loss of Motivation
Section III: Enhancing Motivation
Chapter 7: The Four C's in Action
Chapter 8: Creating Challenge
Chapter 9: Creating Control
Chapter 10: Creating Commitment
Chapter 11: Creating Compassion
Section IV: Special Issues in Motivation
Chapter 12: The Classroom that Works
Chapter 13: Motivating Every Student--Who's in the Classroom?
Chapter 14: Questions and Answers
Chapter 15: Parent to Parent: A Story of Hope
Additional Resources for Parents and Teachers
About the Authors
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Carol Strip Whitney and Gretchen Hirsch have done an exceptional job at outlining major and minor impediments to motivation in their book, A Love For Learning Motivation and the Gifted Child. A key line in the preface is, ¿Gifted children can and do learn everywhere the trick is to maintain their motivation to learn in school.¿ Gifted underachievement is a widespread problem. Too few gifted children are adequately challenged and taught how to strive and work toward appropriate goals. This is a guidebook that all teachers and parents should read. There are many reasons that children may lose their desire to succeed. This book makes sense of motivational roadblocks and includes techniques for stimulating gifted minds. Any school should be able to put a few of these ideas into place with a modest amount of effort. A Love for Learning is not light reading. While it is written in language any lay person can understand, topics are explored in depth. A total of 15 chapters focus on themes such as physical reasons for loss of motivation 'vision or hearing problems, learning disabilities, etc.', emotional reasons for loss of motivation, creating challenge, and the classroom that works. Each chapter ends in a brief summary. According to the authors, there are approximately three million gifted children in the United States. Sadly, we have very few educators trained to work with this population. The advent of No Child Left Behind legislation has pushed the interests of gifted children to the back burner. Teachers and administrators are required to do all that they can to ensure that the students at the lower end of the spectrum achieve a minimum level of competency. Federal funding is tied to raised test scores. Students who are already at or above the minimum standards are often forced to sit through repetitive drills and test preparation. Obviously, this is not the best educational situation for a child who is academically gifted. Such a poor fit with classroom activities is one reason that a child may lose motivation. I encourage you to read A Love for Learning to discover other root causes and find practical methods to reestablish a commitment to learning.