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1st Edition

Motivating Struggling Learners
10 Ways to Build Student Success

ISBN 9781138792432
Published July 6, 2015 by Routledge
166 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Every day, teachers face the challenge of motivating struggling learners. In this must-have book, Barbara R. Blackburn, author of the bestseller Rigor Is Not a Four-Letter Word, shares how you can finally solve this problem and make your classroom a rigorous place where all students want to succeed.

You’ll learn practical strategies for...

  • understanding extrinsic and intrinsic motivation;
  • building a trusting relationship with students;
  • using praise and positive feedback effectively;
  • empowering students and helping them own their learning;
  • moving students toward a growth mindset;
  • communicating high expectations for students;
  • engaging all students in your lessons;
  • scaffolding so all students will want to improve;
  • helping students be resilient and not fear failure; and
  • celebrating diverse groups of students.

Each chapter is filled with a variety of examples and tools that you can use immediately. Bonus: Many of the tools are also available as free eResources on our website,, so you can easily download and print them for classroom use.

Table of Contents

Meet the Author




Chapter 1: Extrinsic and Intrinsic Motivation

Chapter 2: Building a Relationship

Chapter 3: Praise and Positive Feedback

Chapter 4: Empowerment and Ownership

Chapter 5: Growth Mindset vs Fixed Intelligence

Chapter 6: High Expectations

Chapter 7: Engagement

Chapter 8: Scaffolding for Success

Chapter 9: Resilience

Chapter 10: Celebrating Diverse Groups of Students


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Dr. Barbara R. Blackburn is the bestselling author of 15 books and is a sought-after consultant. She was an award-winning professor at Winthrop University and has taught students of all ages. Barbara can be contacted through her website at


"The book provides very direct and practical strategies that will apply to a wide range of students who have been identified as struggling or possible reluctant learners. This book may also have appeal for those who mentor or coach teachers. The inclusion of concrete strategies and the charts that provide the sequence of actions/steps to be taken by the teacher are very appealing."

--Peggy Taylor Presley, Director, Teacher Support Unit, Los Angeles, CA

"Barbara’s book will be an absolute ‘godsend’ to all those teachers and trainers responsible for managing the behavior and learning of pupils. Barbara’s adoption of a ‘humanist’ approach towards teaching and learning is refreshing and will provide excellent guidance to those teachers who want to use these strategies in a more considered and robust fashion with their classes."

--Gererd Dixie, Educational Consultant and Member of the School Centered Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) Leadership Team, England

"I highly recommend this book for educators looking to improve the level of engagement of the students in their classes. Even if you try only one or two of the tips or techniques offered by Dr. Blackburn in this book, your students will benefit and your teaching practice will be positively affected."

--Karen Bloom, MIDDLEWEB