Motivation and engagement affect student success

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Ohio State Marion education professor’s new book focuses on language arts learning

Dr. Mary Jo Fresch recently authored a new education instructional book entitled, Engaging Minds in English Language Arts Classrooms:  The Surprising Power of Joy, edited by Michael F. Opitz & Michael P. Ford.

Released in February 2014 and published by the Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development (ASCD), this 56 page paperback book shows how you can use the joyful learning framework introduced in Engaging Minds in the Classroom to better engage students in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and other elements of language arts learning.  Fresch’s book provides innovative instructional approaches for diverse students at all grade levels, linking the strategies to the research that demonstrates the effects of motivation and engagement on student success.

According to the ASCD, educators striving to meet the multiple challenges of standards, assessments, English language learning instruction, and achievement gaps have more reasons than ever before to attend to this critical aspect of learning.

Print editions of the book are available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other bookstores.  E-book editions are also available from,,, and selected other distributors.  A complete list of distributors is available at:

Dr. Mary Jo Fresch is a professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University and teaches education courses at The Ohio State University at Marion.  She is the author of multiple works on literacy instruction, including The Power of Picture Books (with Peggy Harkins) and Learning through Poetry: Phonemic and Phonological Awareness (with David L. Harrison).

The Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development is a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading. ASCD’s innovative solutions promote the success of each child.