A Love for Learning: Motivation and the Gifted Child

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Great Potential Press, Inc., 2007 - Education - 242 pages
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A Love for Learning: Motivation and the Gifted Child provides vital information to help educators and parents supply the four C's needed to create and nurture enthusiasm: Four C's Challenge, Commitment, Control, Compassion. Motivation in gifted children often wanes, and there are many de-motivating factors, which can lead to academic underachievement and even depression. The principles and techniques described in this book counteract these factors, and will spark and cultivate excitement for lifelong learning. Chapters include: Physical Reasons for Lack of Motivation, Emotional Reasons for Lack of Motivation, Social Reasons for Lack of Motivation, School Reasons for Lack of Motivation, The Four C's in Action, The Classroom that Works, Motivating Every Student. Book jacket.
  

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Contents

The TurnOff Effect
3
Whos gifted and why does it matter?
4
The issues facing schools and teachers
9
State standards and No Child Left Behind
10
Whats so bad about elitism?
14
Intelligences and giftedness
15
Alternatives to demotivation
17
The challenge
21
In summary
117
Creating Challenge
119
Encourage them to excel but not to be perfect
124
Encourage them to take risks and enjoy rewards
125
Build their resilience
128
Provide them with mentors
130
In summary
132
Creating Control
133

In summary
22
A 360Degree Look at Motivation
23
What motivates a gifted student?
24
Theories of motivation
25
What works?
30
Factors that impede intrinsic motivation
33
Motivationbusters in our classrooms
35
What lack of motivation looks like
37
Is it underachievement? Or something else?
38
Lack of learning skills
40
Recovering motivation
42
The gifted students optimal classroom
43
In summary
44
When Motivation Disappears Looking for Causes
47
Physical Reasons for Loss of Motivation
49
Hearing problems
51
Visual and auditory processing disorders
53
Reading disorders
56
Gareth
58
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
60
Why does it matter?
63
Another viewpoint
65
Success factors
66
The enigma of identification
68
In summary
71
Emotional Reasons for Loss of Motivation
73
The consequences of fear
74
Depression
80
In summary
83
Social Reasons for Loss of Motivation
85
Poverty
86
Complicated families
88
Friendships
92
In summary
95
School Reasons for Loss of Motivation
97
Differentiating instruction
100
The politics of giftedness
105
The child and the teacher
108
In summary
110
Enhancing Motivation
111
The Four Cs in Action
113
Schools teachers and flow
115
A sound mind in a sound body
135
Skills for living
138
In summary
146
Creating Commitment
149
Assess and grade fairly
151
Help children understand how grades relate to life goals
155
Modeling commitment
156
In summary
158
Creating Compassion
159
Where are my friends?
160
Issues with introverts
164
Dumbing down and fitting in
167
Dealing with taunting and bullying
169
Special Issues in Motivation
173
The Classroom that Works Education for the future
175
An unexpected need
181
Thoughts for teachers
182
She left her signature upon
183
Motivating Every Student Whos in the Classroom?
185
The need for teacher diversity
186
Boys and girls together
190
Boys and girls not together
193
Whos in the home school classroom?
194
In summary
196
Questions and Answers
197
Parent to Parent A Story of Hope
207
An easy start
208
Off to school
209
A problem emerges
210
A roller coaster year
211
Uncertainty and a dip in motivation
212
and tougher
214
An eyeopening conference
215
After advocacy
217
Endnotes
221
Books
227
Websites
228
References
231
Index
237
About the Authors
241
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Dr. Whitney is a gifted education specialist in Ohio and adjunct professor at Marion campus of The Ohio State University.

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