Meeting Students where They Live: Motivation in Urban Schools

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ASCD, 2010 - Education - 181 pages
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Motivation and hope are two items in short supply in many urban schools. But it doesn't have to be that way, according to Richard L. Curwin. Based on input from teachers across the United States and on his own personal experiences, Curwin offers suggestions that every school can use to keep students in the classroom and looking toward a brighter future.

In Meeting Students Where They Live, Curwin urges teachers and administrators in urban schools to move away from a focus on control, uniformity, lack of tolerance, and ironclad rules toward an approach based on compassion, understanding, tolerance, and safety for all. Each chapter examines problems common to urban schools and offers comprehensive, long-reaching remedies, plus concrete strategies for engaging troubled and hard-to-reach youth.

Meeting Students Where They Live explores ways to


* Welcome all students,

* Build lessons that involve and engage,

* Stay motivated and energized,

* Design assignments that students will actually do, and

* Use evaluation to encourage and build learning rather than defeat it.

Meeting Students Where They Live also includes classroom activity sheets submitted by teachers working in a variety of urban environments--from inner-city schools to a detention center.

  

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Contents

A Teachers Parable
1
Introduction
3
The Difficulty of Motivating Urban Youth
7
Ten Quick Strategies to Increase Motivation
21
Twelve Killers of Motivation and Their Remedies
29
Punishments Threats and Rewards
50
Creating Hope in Students
61
Welcoming All Studentsto School and Class
70
EffortBased Evaluation
107
Improving Homework Completion
126
The Relationship Between Behavior and Motivation
137
For the Administrator
147
A Place Where Dreams Come True
155
Ten Books Worth Reading
158
Bibliography
169
Index
175

Building Motivating Lessons
81
Energizing Ourselves
98
About the Author
181
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About the author (2010)

Dr. Richard Curwin is an award winning instructor, author and educational consltant. His philosophy on discipline, behavior, and classroom management is one of the most widely used in the world. He is co-author on the national best selling book "Discipline with Dignity, " which offers educators a plethora of strategies on behavior and classroom management.""

Dr. Curwin has also authored or co-authored many other publications, including: "Discipline with Dignity for Challenging Youth"""Rediscovering Hope: "" Our Greatest Teaching Strategy. "Making Good Choices"His seminars and training sessions offer educators ready-to-use strategies with objectives, materials, language, and examples-all designed to encourage students to accept responsibility for their own behavior. Dr. Cuwin believes that mistakes can become opportunities for learning, and provide teachers a chance to teach respect and self-discipline. Dr. Curwin's articles have appeared in "Educational Leadership, Reclaiming Children and Youth, Instructor, Parenting, and Learning. "All highly acclaimed educational resources. He is a leader in the fields of discipline, behavior, and classroom management.""""He is in high demand as a speaker in America and internationally. His strategies and techniques are used in Belgium, Germany, Japan, Singapore and Israel. He was a recipient of the coveted "Crazy Horse Award" for having made outstanding contributions to discouraged youth.

Dr. Curwin is the parent of 3 children and 5 grandchildren. He resides in San Francisco, California.

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