Are you dragging yourself into school each morning? Are your students complaining about schoolwork and classes? Does the task of meeting mandated standards seem overwhelming? If you aren't excited about school, or your students don't seem eager to learn, consider whether you're missing one or more of these essential motivational factors: competence, belonging, usefulness, potency, optimism.
In this book, Richard Sagor describes how these qualities contribute to every person's well-being and what you can do to develop them in yourself and your students-regardless of their previous school experiences or socioeconomic background. Step-by-step instructions offer ways to make teaching and learning more emotionally and intellectually satisfying for everyone. The result is an environment in which staff and students alike are ready and willing to do the hard work necessary for success.
Motivating Students and Teachers in an Era of Standards is a practical guide for teachers, principals, and other instructional leaders who want to take positive steps to help everyone in the school be more successful, more motivated, and more satisfied with their work.
Sagor is director of the Institute for the Study of Inquiry in Education. He is the author of How to Conduct Collaborative Action Research and Guiding School Improvement with Action Research.