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Activating the Desire to Learn
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About This Book
The research is indisputable: Students are less disruptive and do better academically in schools that cultivate the internal motivation of students. In Activating the Desire to Learn, veteran educator Bob Sullo shows how to apply lessons from the research on motivation in the classroom.
According to the author, we are all driven to fulfill five essential needs: to connect, to be competent, to make choices, to have fun, and to be safe. Studies show that when these needs are met in schools, good behavior and high achievement tend naturally to ensue.
Written as a series of candid dialogues between the author and K–12 students, teachers, counselors, and administrators, Activating the Desire to Learn covers everything you need to know to change the dynamics of learning in your classroom or school:
Motivating students is not the issue—the hunger to learn is ever-present. Yet schools continue to insist on the traditional reward-punishment model, to the detriment of student achievement. Clearly it’s time for change. This engaging and thought-provoking book will help you create a culture of achievement by building on the inherent drive to succeed that students bring to the classroom every day.
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About the Author
BOB SULLO An educator for over 30 years, Bob Sullo has been an English teacher, adjustment counselor, school psychologist, and administrator. Over the course of his career, Bob has worked with both regular education and special education students from preK through graduation in elementary, middle, and high school. He is currently a housemaster at Plymouth South Middle School in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
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