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Motivating Your Secondary Class

Motivating Your Secondary Class

August 2009 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Why do so many pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 'switch off' and make very little progress in the core subjects such as English and mathematics? What can teachers and schools do to improve pupils' attitudes and motivation?

Maurice Galton and his team have collected examples from various schools of what works in re-energising demotivated pupils. This book presents practical advice and strategies for improving lower secondary school classrooms, ranging from reducing class size, to innovative induction programmes emphasising the development of core study skills, and developing effective procedures to train pupils to cooperate rather than confront each other during lessons.

Chapters cover:

- Making a Good Start to Secondary Education.

- Creating a Cooperative Classroom Climate

- Improving Communication between Pupils and Teachers

- Why are some classrooms more successful?

- How can school structures influence positive relationships?

The book is a much-needed resource for all secondary teachers, and is particularly useful for year and subject heads.

Introduction: Motivating Pupils in the Secondary Classroom
Tony Pell
Is there a Crisis in the Lower Secondary School?
Maurice Galton
Initial Encounters: Moving to Secondary School
Maurice Galton
Working Together - Learning Together: Co-operative Working in the Classroom
Linda Hargreaves
'It's good to talk!' Improving communication between pupils and teachers and why it's worth the effort
Susan Steward and Charlotte Page
Teacher and pupil development in different school and classroom contexts
Susan Steward
Why were some classrooms more successful?
Maurice Galton
One Big Family? Promoting Harmony and Resilience

'This book sets out to address the question of why so many pupils in years 7-9 "switch off" and make insufficient progress in the core subjects. An overall conclusion is that the increased top-down emphasis (in the UK) on careerist motives to learn has had damaging effects; rather, pupils should learn to love learning for its own sake' -
The Teacher Trainer Journal

'I approached this book with the view that it could be suitable for my students on the KS2/3 ITE routes, both undergraduate and post/professional graduate and that, additionally it could spark interest at M level: I wasn't disappointed!...I can strongly recommend it' - ESCalate

'This is a very important book. It should be read by teachers, headteachers and all those with policy responsibilities for curriculum and school development at the secondary level. The Cambridge team are global leaders in research in education. Their findings merit very close scrutiny' - Bob Moon, Professor of Education, The Open University, UK

An excellent core text for students wishing to work in a secondary setting. Particularly good chapters exploring co operative learning and improving teacher pupil communication.

Ms Kim Blakey
Faculty of Humanities &Social Sciences, Glamorgan University
July 23, 2010

Interesting book, which highlights some pertinent issues in education right now and also addresses the attainment dip in some pupils.

Miss Karen Lowing
Sch:Educ,Communication & Lang Sciences, Newcastle University
July 8, 2010

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Chapter Two

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