ASCD: September 2014 | Volume 72 | Number 1
Motivation Matters: Inside Out: The Power of Relationships
By meeting students’ social and emotional needs, schools can spark motivation and engagement. Gentle Tassione and Linda Inlay
Maria is a quiet girl who offers absolutely no clues as to who she is. She’s had good grades until now, has a strong core group of friends, and is always on time. One of us, her teacher (Gentle Tassione), knows Maria is an avid reader because she sees book after book on her desk. When Maria runs out of books, she asks Gentle to recommend another. When Gentle asks which books she’s liked best, Maria just smiles. Gentle recommends title after title, and they talk a little about each, building a connection through the language of books. So it goes for six months, until a biweekly listening group where everything changes.