The Teaching Blog Addict Book Club is at it again, this time reading The End of Molasses Classes: Getting Our Kids Unstuck--101 Extraordinary Solutions for Parents and Teachers. I am loving this book. It inspires me to be better and expect more from my class and from myself. There are so many great ideas in this book that I really have a hard time narrowing it down to a couple to share.
I love principle three. "Define your expectations and then raise the bar; the more you expect; the better the results will be." When you set high expectations and stick to them, the students will rise to the occasion. I know this is true. I have seen it in action.
Principle seven inspired me, "Get to know your students in nonacademic settings." I want to be the teacher who knows about a child's piano recital, football game, or job and makes the time to get there. I know it can make a world of difference to a child to know someone cares about him or her.
So many great ideas to think about and to implement. I think I need to make a goal to apply a new principle to myself each month.