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Challenging Students to Learn

How to Use Effective Leadership and Motivation Tactics

Daniel R. Tomal

Challenging Students to Learn is an inspirational guide with many practical principles and strategies for leading and motivating students that are based on years of study and in-service training programs on leadership and motivation. These tactics are effective in public and private elementary and secondary schools and also universities for teacher preparation programs. They are practical and useful techniques that can be used by any educator and can help teachers motivate students to perform academically, improve their behavior in the classroom, and develop better attitudes toward education.

David R. Tomal describes 101 ways to motivate students, including tangible and intangible awards, instructional strategies, classroom management, and positive relationships. The use of intrinsic and extrinsic motivational factors, positive reinforcement, good classroom management, and effective instruction and curriculum, and fair discipline are just some of the topics covered. The advantages and disadvantages of many of these factors are discussed, and examples are given where these strategies have been applied in schools.
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Pages: 224Size: 6 3/8 x 9 1/2
978-1-57886-591-8 • Hardback • March 2007 • $92.00 • (£65.00)
978-1-57886-592-5 • Paperback • March 2007 • $38.00 • (£24.95)
Daniel R. Tomal, Ph.D. is professor at Concordia University in Chicago, teaching educational leadership and research. He is a consultant and an author of nine books including Discipline by Negotiation: Methods for Managing Student Behavior (1999) and Action Research for Educators (2003), a Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2004, both by Rowman & Littlefield Education, and has made guest appearances on many national radio and television shows.
Chapter 1 Leading Students
Chapter 2 Motivating Students
Chapter 3 Motivation and Incentive Systems
Chapter 4 Communicating With Students
Chapter 5 Motivating by Negotiations
Chapter 6 Motivating by Teacher Countertactics
Chapter 7 Special Motivational Situations
Chapter 8 101 Ways to Motivate Students
Chapter 9 Appendix A: Teacher Motivation Styles Inventory
Chapter 10 Appendix B: Personality Style Inventory
Chapter 11 Appendix C: 50 Statements to Motivate Students
This is a thoughtful and comprehensive volume refining our understanding of the links between leadership strategies and student motivation. The practical strategies offered make this a fascinating book that will indeed provide new insights into everyday classroom life issues. It is an invaluable resource for educators no matter their level of experience.
Carol A. Tolson, Ph.D., associate dean, School of Education, Saint Xavier University, Chicago

An outstanding resource for students and teachers…the most through resource on motivating students that I have ever seen.
Dean Halverson, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Western Illinois University, Macomb

This is a reference that teachers and administrators alike should keep handy on their bookshelf.… This is one of those very few books that I will pick up to read again and again.
Robert J. Libka, ceo/superintendent, Proviso Township High Schools, Illinois

I believe all who are involved in the educational community will greatly benefit from this well-written and well-researched book that deals with the "what" and, more importantly, the "how to" regarding what is right and makes sense for today's teachers and administrators who are on the line everyday.
C. James Carr, mayor, Wheaton, IL; president, Produce Reporter Company; and adjunct professor, Wheaton College

Dr. Tomal has written another book that is a valuable education resource on motivating students. The book is filled with quality research with great attention to detail on various leadership, communication, and motivation models that teachers and administrators can use to assist in bringing out the intellectual gift possessed by all students.
Valorie Moore Ed.D, assistant superintendent of operations and school Improvement, Evanston/Skokie Community Consolidated School District 65, Illinois

Challenging Students to Learn by Dr. Daniel R. Tomal is a book that should be required reading by all instructors, administrators, and education students.
Curtis A. Smith, Ed.D., site administrator, Fischler School of Education, Nova Southwestern University, FL

This book is a sure winner for student enhancement…..strategies for motivating students which educators can effectively use to achieve high academic performance.
Kyle R. Hastings, United States 13th Congressional Democratic State Central committeeman, and mayor, Orland Hills, Illinois

Challenging Students to Learn provides the practitioner with the breadth and depth of both the knowledge and skills necessary to discover and press the magic buttons that will result in the desired developmental outcomes of the students. I recommend this book to any professional who wishes to connect with their students and enhance their ability to grow mentally, emotionally, and physically.
Dr. John F. Cindric, Jr., professor, College of Education, The University of Findlay (OH)

Tomal describes leadership strategies that teachers and administrators can use to motivate students to perform academically and improve their classroom behavior. Though many of the strategies have their origins in the field of business management, each chapter contains examples of the application of the underlying theories in the educational setting. Topics include (for example) active listening, negotiating tactics, disciplinary methods, and conflict management.
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