Student demotivation is experienced as pain — for students, for us, for everyone.
But here's the good news: student demotivation is not inevitable. It's not “a sign of the times”; it's not “kids these days;” it's not “because of COVID.”
Instead, it's a symptom of the fact that modern education has lost touch with several key realities:
- Every one of our students wants to want to learn,
- every school in the world can be both productive and
humane—achievement and wellness aren’t opposed to one
another but instead are friends,
- as teachers, you and I have an outlandish (though not omnipotent)
influence on the degree to which students in our classrooms
experience the will to learn, and
- the most powerful strategies for cultivating student
motivation are far from complicated.
In this book, acclaimed teacher-writer Dave Stuart Jr. brings a new theory of student motivation to the educational conversation. Along the way, he shares
- the five key beliefs beneath all motivated student learning;
- ten high-yield, low-effort methods for cultivating student motivation in all kinds of classrooms for all kinds of students, all year long;
- tactics for overcoming over fifty common hang-ups that teachers and students experience with student motivation.
Let's do the work, colleague. And: let's do it with care.
What people are saying
Our School Leadership Team is reading The Will to Learn this summer and I have seldom seen this group be more excited about the learning!”MARK D. ROLLANDINI Ph.D., Otsego Public Schools, MTSS Director
[He] spoke to some of my greatest concerns and struggles as a teacher. In 2018 when we read his previous book, we proclaimed it a masterpiece.KIM ANDREWS, Prairie Hill Schools, IL
@davestuartjr has written two brilliant books that every teacher should read. His educational philosophy+scholarship is the antidote to burnout.@MrCooper
The Table of Contents
What you will learn
In this highly practical, research-rich book by a practicing classroom teacher, you'll learn the following:
- Why SEL-heavy approaches DON'T fix student motivation.
- How to accurately conceive of student motivation as an issue of student beliefs.
- A simple method for ensuring that each of your students receives regular signals from you that they are valued, known, and respected.
- The sanest way to improve at basic teaching skills, one skill at a time, no matter new you are to teaching.
- How to fix habitual “dead time” in lessons as as to improve your Credibility.
- How to enjoy (rather than dread) the creative task of helping students to value school using simple, playful mini-sermons.
- How to create knowledge-rich environment for all kinds of students in all kinds of classrooms (and how to know for certain that this is what they crave).
- The best methods for helping students value the work of learning not because the teacher values it but because they do.
- How to assuming nothing about student prior knowledge can unlock your power and set you on a course to be a teaching legend.
- How to make success for students clear, desirable, and attainable through simple, habitual routines.
- A proven ten-minute intervention for when a student says to you that they studied for hours and then failed a test.”
- Understand key moments of attribution that keep students invisibly worried about whether or not they “fit in” in your classroom.
And much more!