In this helpful resource, expert educator Barbara R. Blackburn guides parents through the top six myths about motivation and reveals what really works for kids. Each chapter is filled with practical information and stories that help you understand how to handle a variety of situations related to your child’s success at school. Blackburn helps you get to the bottom of issues such as:
• Is motivating with rewards effective?
• What if your student doesn’t care about school?
• How does your relationship with your student affect their motivation?
• How can you set high expectations without too much pressure?
• Is it OK for my student to struggle, get stuck, and fail?
• How does competition affect success in school?
• What should you do when nothing seems to be working?
Chapters also include specific classroom connections for each strategy, so you can begin proactively working with your child’s teacher. With the accessible advice in this book, you’ll be able to reach your child more effectively so that he or she is more motivated from within, and more successful in school and beyond!
Bonus: A Guide for Book Clubs and Facilitator’s Handbook for Parent-Teacher Book Groups are available on our website at www.routledge.com/9781138368200 so that schools can use the book to collaborate with parents through PTA and PTO organizations, family support groups, and more.
1. Myth One: Motivating with Rewards is the Best Option
2. Myth Two: What Your Child Cares About Doesn’t Matter
3. Myth Three: It’s Not About Your Relationship with Your Kids
4. Myth Four: Expectations for Your Child are Not Important
5. Myth Five: It’s Okay for Your Kid to Fail All the Time
6. Myth Six: It’s OK for Your Kid to Get Stuck
7. Competition, Grading, and Homework are No Big Deal
8. If I Do Everything Right: My Child Will Be Motivated