A Love for Learning: Motivation and the Gifted Child / Edition 1

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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:
~Creating Challenge
~Creating Control
~Creating Commitment
~Creating Compassion

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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Editorial Reviews

Britain) NAGC Magazine (National Association for Gifted Children
The language and layout of the book make it easy to dip into and understand...It's a good book to help parents and teachers understand the gifted child, especially those that have switched off to learning, and gives practical advice to help enhance their motivation.
All About Kids Magazine
(This book) is well thought-out and presented with an abundance of anecdotal information. While this book is not light reading, it is definitely written for both educators and parents. The authors do a good job of detailing many of the reasons gifted children lose motivation and flounder in school.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780910707800
  • Publisher: Great Potential Press Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 262
  • Sales rank: 788,010
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

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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This book is an outstanding resource for both parents and teachers that will empower them to enhance the motivation and academic achievement of gifted and talented students. Basing their work on solid research findings, the authors have translated a well-substantiated body of knowledge into practical ways of understanding and working with motivational issues that many intellectually gifted students experience. Most of us have general knowledge of what to expect of children at various ages and how to best guide their development, but information to help us understand those who deviate significantly from what is typical is often difficult to acquire. It seems that the educational needs of disabled students are more easily recognized and better served than those who are exceptional at the other end of the continuum of abilities--the gifted. And the gifted population presents more diversity and individuality than any other group, making it more challenging to gain the understanding essential to both effective parenting and teaching.

When parents and teachers share an accurate understanding of a child and commit to providing the most advantageous educational opportunities for him or her, the power of a partnership advocating for that child is released to make an optimal educational program possible. Such a partnership dramatically increases the possibility of making wise choices in the child's educational plan, program options, and selection of a school. Those decisions, now more available than ever to parents, have a profound impact on the motivation of gifted students to participate fully and to achieve academically.

(Foreword by Joanne Rand Whitmore Schwartz, Ph.D.,Former Dean, College of Education, Kent State University, Kent, OH)
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2007

    important new resource for teachers and parents

    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.

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