The most pressing issue in schools is classroom management, specifically how to motivate students to do the work well. Many teachers need strategies to help them and they also need the theory and research behind the strategies. Why do the strategies work and why do they sometimes not work?
This book has 5 sections that are the different theoretical foundations for 18 different keys to student motivation. At the beginning of each section, the theory is explained briefly. It is important that the readers understand the reason why a key or strategy works. In this understanding, a teacher can modify and accommodate the key or strategy to fit his/her particular students and context.
There are 18 chapters. Each chapter is a key, or applicable concept, to student motivation that has been garnered from a theory or seminal work. This explanation is followed by a vignette of a teacher’s experience, called In The Classroom, and is followed by multiple strategies.
When I read Engage, my passion to be the best educator I can be is reignited. Motivation can be as individual as the number of students in your classroom, yet Kjell's simple and applicable strategies make the task of motivating students seem far less daunting. I look forward to continuing to implement what I learned from this book to both engage my students in learning and motivate myself to grow as an educator.
Chapter 1: First Key—Arouse an Eager Want
Part One: Is It Worth It?
Chapter 2: Second Key—Show the Value and Importance of the Lesson, Topic, or Task
Chapter 3: Third Key—Show the Correlation 3
between Effort and Outcome
Chapter 4: Fourth Key4
—Remind Students that They Have or Will Have the Ability to Achieve
Chapter 5: Fifth Key5
—Remind Students of the Positive Reward
Part Two: I Can Do It!
Chapter 6: Sixth Key6
—Have High Expectations of Success
Chapter 7: Seventh Key7
—Create Situations in which Students can Gain Success/Mastery
Chapter 8: Eighth Key8
—Model Successful Achievement
Chapter 9: Ninth Key9
Part Three: Am I Good Enough?9
Chapter 10: Tenth Key10
—Provide Recognition and/or Praise
Chapter 11: Eleventh Key—Give Constructive Feedback
Part Four: Goal!
Chapter 12: Twelfth Key12
—Promote Goal Setting
Chapter 13: Thirteenth Key13
—Teach Goal Setting
Part Five: I Love My Job!
Chapter 14: Fourteenth Key14
Chapter 15: Fifteenth Key—Create Hope
Chapter 16: Sixteenth Key—Show Respect
Chapter 17: Seventeenth Key—Demonstrate Care
Chapter 18: Eighteenth Key—Love What You Do
Appendix A: 18 Keys to Student Motivation Reflection
Appendix B: Quick Reference Guide of Strategies that Specifically Address Categories of Behavior and Elements of Motivation
Appendix C: Self-Assessment for Utilizing the Strategies to Redirecting Students’ Motivation
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