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Helping Kids Achieve Their Best : Understanding and using motivation in the classroom - Dennis M McInerney

Helping Kids Achieve Their Best

Understanding and using motivation in the classroom

Paperback Published: 1st April 2000
ISBN: 9781865082028
Number Of Pages: 136

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Professor McInerney extracts powerful, eminently practical lessons for good teaching from sound psychological principles. Highly readable.

Professor Martin V. Covington, University of California at Berkeley

As one who has spent a career reading books on 'motivation', I can recall only a mere few that have managed to hit the right tone for those who would teach. And this one does so fully mindful of current theory and research.

Professor Martin Maehr, University of Michigan

Dennis McInerney has done an outstanding job of bringing together all of the most relevant work on student motivation, presenting it in such a way that it is understandable and appealing to teachers. This book is a must addition to every teacher education program.

Professor Michael Pressley, University of Notre Dame; Editor, Journal of Educational Psychology

A key factor in successful learning at all ages is a learner's motivation. So the ability to facilitate student motivation is central to successful teaching, particularly when children aren't inherently interested in learning.

Helping Kids Achieve Their Best is a practical guide to motivating younger and older learners. It looks at why some students are easier to motivate than others, and why students lose motivation as they become older. McInerney outlines strategies teachers can use in the classroom, taking into account the needs of students from different backgrounds.

The book is richly illustrated with vignettes and case studies, and includes questions and exercises to help teachers apply the suggested approaches in their own situations.

Elicits solutions for classroom challenges that may come the way of many teachers...a very hands-on "you can do this" style of publication [that] explores the challenge of (and possible solutions for) gaining a student's best effort. If you have been in the classroom a while and feel that it's time to rethink motivation strategies for children, then this is the book for you...If you are new to teaching [it] gives you some great insights into how to approach problem solving. I recommend this as a good read. - Alison Miller (teacher/Special Education consultant) in Gifted, June 2001



1 Motivation and learning

2 What's in it for me?

3 Why should I do it? You can't make me do it!

4 Shooting for goals

5 I feel good about myself

6 Why did I fail?

7 Stars, stamps and jelly beans (or treat them like animals)

8 But I teach well, don't I?


ISBN: 9781865082028
ISBN-10: 1865082023
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 136
Published: 1st April 2000
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 18.0  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1