Motivating Struggling Learners: 10 Ways to Build Student Success

1st Edition

Barbara R. Blackburn

Published July 6, 2015
Reference - 150 Pages - 7 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138792432 - CAT# Y168886

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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.


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