Fires in the mind: what kids can tell us about motivation and mastery

| March 23, 2011

Title: Fires in the mind : what kids can tell us about motivation and mastery

Author: Kathleen Cushman and the students of What Kids Can Do

Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Jossey-Bass, c2010

Check it Out.: LB1031.4 .C87 2010

From the Publisher:

Through 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 mastery
  • Includes worksheets, tips, and discussion guides that help put the book’s ideas into practice
Kathleen Cushman writes, speaks, and consults to a national audience of educators. A journalist and documentarian, she cofounded the nonprofit What Kids Can Do, which collaborates with diverse youth in the United States and abroad, bringing their voices to bear on the complex challenges that affect their lives and learning.