Learning Grows: The Science of Motivation for the Classroom Teacher

Learning Grows: The Science of Motivation for the Classroom Teacher

by Andrew C. Watson


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Combining a lively voice with scientific research, Learning Deepens explores the fascinating and useful world of student motivation.

Written for teachers—and everyone interested in teaching and learning—Learning Deepens helps classrooms flourish by fostering students’ intrinsic motivation.

Part I delves into Mindset. Although seemingly well known, this theory is often oversimplified and widely misunderstood. By exploring its step-by-step historical development, we can use it more flexibly and effectively to help learners ‘charge!’ when they might otherwise ‘retreat.’

Part II enters the paradoxical world of Stereotype Threat. A surprising cascade of counter-intuitive effects can cause students to struggle in school—not because they don’t care, but because they work too hard. The right classroom strategies block this demotivational pathway, and thereby foster student learning.

By interleaving psychology and neuroscience research with dozens of practical classroom examples, Learning Deepens makes these two theories both clear and immediately useful.

Learning Deepens is the second book in the series “A Teacher’s Guide to the Learning Brain.” The first book, Learning Begins, studies the science of working memory and attention.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781475833348
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 04/30/2019
Series: A Teacher's Guide to the Learning Brain Series
Pages: 174
Sales rank: 505,368
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.55(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Teacher, author, professional development leader, Andrew Watson has been exploring classroom uses of brain research for over ten years. As founder and president of Translate the Brain, he has travelled to 17 states (and four continents) to work with teachers, students, and parents. He edits the Learning and the Brain blog, and speaks regularly at national conferences. Visit www.TranslateTheBrain.com.

Table of Contents

Part I: Mindset
Chapter 1: Starting at the Fourth Step
Chapter 2: Second Step: Rehearsing, not Performing
Chapter 3: The First Step (at Last)
Chapter 4: The Mindset Controversy and FAQs
Part II: Stereotype Threat
Chapter 5: (De)Motivation and Stereotypes
Chapter 6: Changing the Motivational Climate
Chapter 7: Assessment and Stereotype Threat FAQs
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