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Choose to Learn

Choose to Learn
Teaching for Success Every Day

September 2008 | 136 pages | Corwin
Discover powerful principles that help students raise their goals, expect success, and make extraordinary strides in achievement!

This resource shows educators how to teach their students to be successful learners through the development of key personal attributes that foster success. The book is organized around an easy-to-use and research-based model derived from multiple fields, including education, psychology, and philosophy. The authors' field-tested approach is based on the application of eight principles that can:

Increase every learner's self-confidence

Create new expectations and infuse students with new energy and motivation

Encourage individuals to go beyond familiar goals and take manageable risks

About the Authors
1. The Three Ds of Success




Applying the Three 's of Success

Making It Happen

2. Urgency, Not Pressure
Differences Between Pressure and Urgency

Urgency and Learning

Making It Happen

3. Do Something You've Never Done Before
Why Avoid the Unfamiliar?

The Zone of Attainable Success

Teacher as Designer

Making It Happen

4. Light the Fire
Linked to the Life of the Learner



Making It Happen

5. Help Is on the Way
Help That Invites

Help That Instructs

Help That Confirms

Think It, Choose It, Do It, Succeed

Making It Happen

6. Do the Right Thing for the Right Reason
The Opposite of an Addiction to Failure

Motives and Actions

The Three Ds of Success

Lighting the Fire

Can One Judge Another's Motives?

Making It Happen

7. Extinguish the Negative
Make No Excuses

An Eye of Faith

Help and Faith

Vision and Faith

Making It Happen

8. Choose to Lead
Who Should Lead?

Leading and Helping

Perception and Leadership

Making It Happen

Epilogue: Expect Success

"By recognizing the addictive and cyclical nature of failure, the educator and student alike can overcome this barrier and reach their full potential. The authors identify the core issues of classroom failure and provide solutions to promote lifelong learning and achievement."

Yvette Marrin, President
National Cristina Foundation

"A richly researched book, both in terms of educational literature and two lives spent in the service of student learning. The authors have developed clear models and methods that are helpful for educators to fulfill the promise of pedagogy—that is, to lead a child toward learning. This book is a significant contribution to move our conversations of what education is truly about in a successful direction."

Barclay Burns, Chairman and Founder

"There is a real power in this book. It offers a way of understanding failure and of helping to counter and overcome it. Not only does it offer a message of possibility and hope to learners and teachers alike, but it fosters an eagerness and resolve to put the strategies for changing behavior and attitudes into practice."

Robert S. Patterson, Emeritus Professor of Education
Brigham Young University

"The authors have taken learning theory and captured the essence in a highly engaging and readable style. Their work has so much application to the field. I'm thinking now about how I can incorporate the principles in my instruction. Particularly meaningful to me was the point that teachers should not try so hard to explain why children are not learning; they should spend their efforts on helping them experience authentic success."

Eula Ewing Monroe, Professor of Mathematics Education
Brigham Young University

“This little book is full of big and powerful ideas. The authors write from rich experience as well as drawing on sound research. Teachers are a natural audience, of course, but the models are applicable to anyone who is trying to live a happier, more satisfying life. As a teacher of teachers, I have often promoted the idea that great teaching ignites both students and teachers. This book describes how teachers can turn away from excuse-making and really commit themselves to helping EVERY student succeed. In essence, it's a book about using the power of choice to spark great teaching and learning.”

Maggie Austin, Educational Leader
Technology & Innovation in Education

“Once in a while, a book comes along that has the potential to change how we view learning. The authors address a perennial problem in our educational system: how easily some students become addicted to failure. I thoroughly enjoyed their model, the approach, and how easy it is to understand and incorporate—elegant, yet simple.”

Karen W. Pool, Author and Adjunct Professor
Utah Valley University

"The concept of 'inspiring' helped me define who I have been! I want to inspire my students to seek until the answer is found. I don't want to stop searching for new ways to help students learn. I want them to find the 'highest in them,' a yearning to do something more."

Janeen Graham, Teacher
Northridge Elementary School, Orem, UT

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1. The Three D's of Success

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