This chapter will be one that I refer back to a lot I think. Motivating students to learn is such a refined skill, and one that I feel only comes from learning what doesn't work. I have such a hard time getting some of my first graders motivated, especially the low achieving ones. I really enjoyed reading the Provide Opportunities for Success. When it comes to low achievers this is so often the case, they do work that is too hard so they give up. But if we as teachers can give them work that is level appropriate to avoid their frustration. If they feel they can do something the next time something is hard, they are more likely to work instead of quit right off the back.
I also liked how they discussed trying to get the students to see the correlation between effort and outcome. Progress reports seem to be a great way to keep this up. I think that if we as teachers don't provide any feedback, then this is more difficult, and I think the more feedback the better. I know from personal experience that it is so hard to know if my effort is paying any divends without getting any feedback.