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Allison Zmuda & Robyn R. Jackson
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Students following directions, dutifully completing assignments, and quietly cooperating.
For some teachers, this kind of compliance is a goal worth pursuing, but for you, it’s not enough. You want real engagement—a classroom filled with students who ask intriguing questions, immerse themselves in assignments, seek feedback on their performance, and take pride in their progress. So even as you race to cover a demanding curriculum and address standards, you’re wearing yourself out searching for the hooks that will inspire your students and make them eager to learn.
It’s not that you’re not doing enough to motivate your students; it’s that you’re probably focusing on the wrong things.
In this book, Allison Zmuda and Robyn R. Jackson explain the four keys to real engagement: clarity, context, challenge, and culture. Their smart, concrete strategies for improving classroom assignments, assessments, and environments will help you create learning experiences that are rigorous, meaningful, and rewarding for your students and yourself.
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ALLISON ZMUDA is a full-time education consultant focused on curriculum, assessment, and instruction who works with educators to make learning for students challenging, possible, and worthy of the attempt. A former high school teacher, she is the author of seven books, including The Competent Classroom (2001), Transforming Schools (2004), Breaking Free from Myths of Teaching and Learning (2010), and, most recently, Learning Personalized: The Evolution of a Contemporary Classroom (2015).
ROBYN R. JACKSON is a former high school teacher and middle school administrator. She is the founder and president of Mindsteps Inc., a professional development firm for teachers and administrators that provides workshops and materials designed to help any teacher reach every student. Jackson is the author of Never Work Harder Than Your Students and Other Principles of Great Teaching (2009), the REVERE Award–winning Never Underestimate Your Teachers: Instructional Leadership for Excellence in Every Classroom (2013), You Can Do This: Hope and Help for New Teachers (2014), and The Instructional Leader’s Guide to Strategic Conversations with Teachers (2008), as well as the how-to guides in the Mastering the Principles of Great Teaching series.
motivation | student motivation | student engagement | classroom management
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