"The Motivated Student: Unlocking the Enthusiasm for Learning"

Bob Sullo author, educational consultant

Do you think that we have lost something valuable because of our fascination with test scores and AYP? Do you think that there may be a link between our overwhelming reverence with academic achievement and an increase in school bullying? Do you think it's important for us to create schools where kids feel safe and valued? If so, you may be interested in a book study group I am facilitating based on my ASCD book "The Motivated Student: Unlocking the Enthusiasm for Learning." It starts in 2 weeks and is free. For details, visit:

http://edge.ascd.org/_The-Motivated-Student/BLOG/2273392/127586.html

My goal is to gather as many educators as possible from around the world (literally) and discuss how to engage and inspire kids to value learning and succeed academically. If you're interested in student motivation and creating schools that broaden the vision of what it means to be "well-educated," I hope you'll join me and be part of this exciting conversation!

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Will the discussion be relevant to college students?

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This topic is of great interest to me, but I teach College students. I believe they too need inspiring and need to learn how to learn.

This discussion is of great interest, but the time of the discussion in Israel, where I live, is between 2:00AM - 3:00AM, a bit too late.

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Hana...Thanks for writing.

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Hana...Thanks for writing. Don't be deterred by the time. The live chat may not work for you, but the chat is archived so you can always go back to see what was said. More importantly, I will follow each chat with questions/topics for discussion. That will run just like this, with opportunities to ask questions, comment, offer suggestions, etc.... all at each person's convenience. Finally, the fact that you work with college students is only a bonus! You will have a perspective that is different from many others and can talk about how our traditional attempts to motivate students often falls short (as you see all too often). Thanks for writing and I hope you'll join and contribute to my group....bob

Mental Health cum Education Consultant

Community of Learners!

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Mr.Bob Sullo, the Community of Learners that you are creating is meaningful. Looking forward to this! I appreciate you taking this path.

(I have just begun reading the book).

Constrained persective and driving individuals with a single focus of academics per se is leading to current issues that prevail in schools.
I am a mental health cum education consultant from India.

Unfortunately given the time zone difference mine would be a passive interaction.

Malathi Swaminathan

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Hi Malathi, Thanks for

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Hi Malathi,
Thanks for writing. You do NOT have to be a passive participant! Even if the live chat doesn't work for you, we will be following up each chat with ongoing discussion about specific questions/topics from the book. So you can be a very active participant. I certainly hope you get involved as I'd like to offer different cultural perspectives. Discovering similarities and differences. I look forward to having you be part of the book study group! Please tell your colleagues.....Thanks....bob

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Are you familiar with Daniel Pink's book Drive?

I am an associate high school principal from Iowa. I have read Activating the Desire to Learn and am looking forward to this learning. Thank you.

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Hi, David....We had a very

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Hi, David....We had a very interesting chat last night. We're having follow-up discussion that you can see by going to: http://edge.ascd.org/view/displayClubPage.kickAction?clubId=110667&as=12...
I have not yet read "Drive" but am somewhat familiar with Dan Pink. He has made a great contribution to the area of internal control psychology. Hope you'll be part of our ongoing conversation about helping to engage and inspire kids.

Great!

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Dear Bob, I was a teacher educator in India and I think you have hit the nail on the head with your book. We are working on developing an online course and I would like to join your chat on May 20 for Teaching Deeply. Thanks!

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Zafar....Thanks for the kind words. You can join the conversation, add comments, offer suggested strategies, and ask questions at any time. You don't need to limit yourself to the "live chat" times. Just go to:
http://edge.ascd.org/view/displayClubPage.kickAction?clubId=110667&as=12...
Are you still in India?

Shelly Michalak, Special Ed Teacher & Parent

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Wonderful topic with interesting points. My youngest child is a highly motivated learner, if motivation was a gift, she would be considered gifted. This year there has been particular emphasis on performance on the statewide criterion referenced assessment. She is a fifth grader, and for the first time, has been dreading school. It is very disturbing to my husband and I. We have been trying hard to support her in her stress, and point out the things in school that are not related to the testing that keep her coming back for more, while down palying to her the impact the test will have on her future. The educational system needs a complete makeover!!! As a special ed teacher of kids on the autism spectrum, I have to say, motivation is my life, if it is not motivating to work with me, there is no point even being here in school, so I take it very seriously. Unfortunately, my kids tend to not perform on the standardized tests in any way near their actually capability, since the test items are not relevant, interesting or motivating to many of my students. Thanks for addressing this and I look forward to the blog!

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Shelly, you are absolutely

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Shelly, you are absolutely right. If the kids don't have a strong relationship with you, they will not do their best. (The exception is those few students who have a strong relationship with what you are teaching. But those kids are the minority in most classes. That's why we have to build a strong personal connection - with relevance - in order to inspire kids.) The only thing I would add is that I don't think your comments should be limited to the special education students you work with. Your comments are equally valid with ALL students.
As the parent of 3 kids, I know what you are saying regarding your daughter and how state testing has negatively impacted her enthusiasm for school. I still remember my younger daughter coming home and announcing, "If I hear one more teacher mention that this is going to be on the MCAS (the Massachusetts state tests),I'm going to scream!" As a parent, my job was to help my daughter switch from focusing on what she couldn't control - the tests - to focusing on what kind of student she wanted to be.

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