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Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8

Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8
Raising and Teaching Self-Motivated Learners, K-12

Second Edition
  • Debbie Silver - Education Consultant, Keynote Speaker, and Author,

Cover Illustration by Peter H. Reynolds and Julia Young Cuffe, Interior Illustrations by Julia Young Cuffe, Foreword by Carol Ann Tomlinson

June 2021 | 264 pages | Corwin
Failure is just one step on the path to success. 

Failure is not only a possibility for learners during these challenging times, but a productive, concrete way of gaining ground. How can parents and educators teach kids to turn failure into progress toward success? 
This revised edition of the beloved bestseller, Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight, has sensible answers, including both what to say and what not to say to truly help kids self-motivate and become independent, lifelong learners. Rich with fresh insights, this new edition offers a deeper understanding of how motivation works along with new, practical, research-driven strategies for spurring learners to thrive. It features:

  • The latest research on motivation theory, persistence, self-regulation, grit, and a growth mindset in learners.
  • An expanded focus on equity and culturally responsive approaches to ensure that all learners maximize their full potential.
  • A new chapter on giftedness, an updated discussion guide, videos available via QR codes, and a robust companion website. 

Kids are bound to stumble and fall, but by capitalizing on knowledge and the latest research on motivation, we can equip them to stand up and move forward, pointing them on the route to success.
Foreword by Carol Ann Tomlinson

Debbie Silver is an invaluable source of wisdom for parents. Her latest edition of Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8 is no exception. It is filled with such wonderful, compassionate advice for parents that will not only help their children learn but also strengthen their relationship. This book asks challenging questions that are essential for any parent to ask themselves, but it will also lift parents up and even let them laugh a little or a lot! What I love most about this book is that it shows you how to help your child build the resilience and emotional intelligence they must have to not only survive but thrive in this increasingly complex world.

Rosalind Wiseman
Founder, Cultures of Dignity, Author, Owning Up

Once again, Debbie Silver has deftly navigated both pedagogy and andragogy in a transformative and authentic work full of endearing humility, robust research, and oxygenating verve. And then there’s that one line she writes where my heart stopped, then soared with fists thrown skyward: “What if he flies?” I’m carrying this moment—and its powerful lens—with me forever. Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8, second edition, is among the first books I’m recommending to anyone challenged by disengaged students, whether teaching in person or online, and for those needing a practical and professional boost amid difficult teaching times. I’ve just become a new grandfather, and this is the first teaching book I’m giving to my daughter and her husband. With Debbie’s compelling acumen here, watch the next generation soar.

Rick Wormeli
Long-Time Classroom Teacher, Author of Fair Isn’t Always Equal, 2nd Edition

Debbie Silver always has a way to inspire readers to jump into action. Her words are deep and her message is clear! Fall Down
7 Times, Get Up 8
(2nd edition) is filled with research and practice that will help students and adults learn that struggle is a part of life, and it's not whether we get knocked down but how we get back up that matters.

Peter DeWitt
Author/Consultant, Finding Common Ground blog (Education Week)

The first edition of Debbie Silver's Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8 was an essential volume for every teacher's library, and the second edition is, too! If you want to support your students' social emotional learning, this is the ‘how-to’ handbook for you!

Larry Ferlazzo
Award-Winning High School Teacher, Education Week Columnist and Best-Selling Author

In Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8, the second edition of her Corwin bestseller, Silver has provided educators (and I include parents who have been pressed into service during the pandemic) with myriad ways of engaging kids in their own learning. We should, says Silver, embrace failure, not avoid it. Failure is an integral part of the continuous improvement process, as are mistakes, missteps, unforced errors, blunders, gaffes, and wrong turns. When students, as they should, move out of their comfort zones and into unfamiliar territory, they will need to learn that falling down is simply the first step to standing back up, brushing oneself off, and moving forward. This second edition comes just in time to help everyone deal with learning during a pandemic. Silver has added new chapters that reflect this reality, and she has included wonderfully thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter for individual readers or groups of readers. Debbie Silver takes a refreshingly honest, irrepressibly humorous, and superbly researched approach to the learning process. I highly recommend this book for teachers, parents, and administrators alike.

Ron Nash
Author, The InterActive Classroom and From Seatwork to Feetwork

This is a book that every parent and teacher needs right now. Silver’s updates offer practical steps to cultivate resiliency based on ancient proverbs, theory, evidence, the wisdom of educators, and her own practice that spans nearly a half century.

Jonathan Eckert
Lynda & Robert Copple Professor of Educational Leadership, Baylor University Waco, TX

She’s done it, AGAIN! I am in awe of how Dr. Debbie Silver takes educational research and crafts it into a reader-friendly guide to classroom success. Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8, is a today’s world look at what education is really about. Filled with relevant ideas and practical strategies to promote learning, this book should be placed in the hands of everyone working with kids.

Dedra Stafford
Author and Speaker, Oklahoma City, OK

Almost ten years ago, I read the first edition of Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8 and absolutely loved it! The second edition is even better! It’s quite simply the best book I’ve ever read explaining success factors related to learning. Debbie does a skillful job of blending theory, practice, research, application, and personal experience together with generous doses of humor and irreverence to provide readers with a simple and logical examination of success factors. Even better, the new chapter ‘Finding Balance With the Digital World’ is extremely timely and topical in a time of pandemic. I highly, highly recommend this book.

Ian Jukes
Author, Speaker, Consultant–InfoSavvy21

Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8 is a one-stop shop for gaining insights into working with students/children. Not only does this book thoroughly explain key psychological and developmental concepts, but it also identifies issues and strategies to address them. The author uses the perfect combination of real-life experiences and research to convey relevant concepts to the reader.

Kellee Oliver
Coordinator of Pupil Personnel Services, Hopewell Area School District, Aliquippa, PA

Debbie Silver picks right back up from where she left off almost ten years ago with the reissue of her best-selling book: Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8: Teaching Kids to Succeed. This newest edition highlights strategies and solutions to solving some of the most common plagues within education. This book is a must-read for any teacher, parent, or administrator who is seeking new strategies to promote independent learning and that lead to larger increases in student success.”

Christian L Zimmerman
Dean of Discipline, Teacher, Equity Coordinator, Intervention Specialist, Assistant Coach, South Fort Myers High School, Fort Myers, FL

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ISBN: 9781071820162