A fresh approach to getting kids to work smarter and better, not just harder
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
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About the Author
Learn more about Debbie Silver's PD offeringsDebbie 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
Table of Contents
Foreword by Carol Ann TomlinsonPrefaceAcknowledgmentsAbout the Author1. 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 Statements2. 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 Practices4. 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 Prophecy5. 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 Conclusion6. 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 Conclusion7. Autonomy, Time, and Flow Autonomy Optimal Learning Environment and Flow8. Helping Students Stay Motivated as They Get Older Procrastination Helping Older Children Cope With Failure9. Inspiring Young Children Wiped Out Be Careful About Indirect Communication Helping Kids Who Are Afraid10. FAQs About Teaching Students to Be Successful The Story of a PhoenixGlossaryDiscussion GuideReferencesIndex