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Fires in the Mind What Kids Can Tell Us about Motivation and Mastery

ISBN-10: 1118160215
ISBN-13: 9781118160213
Edition: 2010
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Description: Teens talk to adults about how they develop motivation and masteryThrough the voices of students themselves, Fires in the Mind brings a game–changing question to teachers of adolescents: What does it take to get really good at something? Starting  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 3/2/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

Teens talk to adults about how they develop motivation and masteryThrough the voices of students themselves, Fires in the Mind brings a game–changing question to teachers of adolescents: What does it take to get really good at something? Starting with what they already know and do well, teenagers from widely diverse backgrounds join a cutting–edge dialogue with adults about the development of mastery in and out of school. Their insights frame motivation, practice, and academic challenge in a new light that galvanizes more powerful learning for all. To put these students′ ideas into practice, the book also includes practical tips for educators.Breaks new ground by bringing youth voices to a timely topic–motivation and masteryIncludes worksheets, tips, and discussion guides that help put the book′s ideas into practiceAuthor has 18 previous books on adolescent learning and has written for the New York Times Magazine, Educational Leadership, and American EducatorFrom the author of Fires in the Bathroom, this is the next–step book that pushes the conversation to next level, as teenagers tackle the pressing challenges of motivation and mastery.

Foreword
What Does It Take to Get Good?
Young people are developing mastery in ways we easily overlook
Catching the Spark
Kids tell what draws them in and gives them confidence in learning
Keeping at It
When do young people stick with something and make it their own?
Asking the Experts
Looking at how experts work, students make sense of their own process
Exploring Deliberate Practice
Young people look closer at what makes practice effective
Practice and Performance
Demonstrating mastery also helps students improve
Bringing Practice into the Classroom
Students imagine the classroom as a community of practice
Is Homework Deliberate Practice?
Whether, when, and how to give kids practice after class
School Projects That Build Expert Habits
Students talk about their most compelling curricula
Making School a Community of Practice
Kids suggest ways that schools can foster expert habits
The Practice Project: A Five-Day Curriculum Outline for Secondary Teachers or Advisers
How to help students investigate the expert process
Resources That Help Light Fires in the Mind
Inspiration, tools, organizations, and other resources
The Student Contributors
Acknowledgments
About the Author
About What Kids Can Do
Index

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