The myth of fixed intelligence debunked
For all the productive conversation around "mindsets," what's missing are the details of how to convince our discouraged and underperforming students that "smart is something you can get." Until now.
With the publication of High-Expectations Teaching, Jon Saphier reveals once and for all evidence that the bell curve of ability is plain wrong-that ability is something that can be grown significantly if we can first help students to believe in themselves.
In drill-down detail, Saphier provides an instructional playbook for increasing student confidence and agency in the daily flow of classroom life:
- Powerful strategies for attribution retraining, organized around 50 Ways to Get Students to Believe in Themselves
- Concrete examples, scripts, and classroom structures and routines for empowering student agency and choice
- Dozens of accompanying videos showing high-expectations strategies in action
All children in all schools, regardless of income or social class, will benefit from the strategies in this book. But for children of poverty and children of color, our proficiency with these skills is essential . . . in many ways life saving. Jon Saphier challenges us all-educators, students, and parents-to get started today.
About Jon Saphier
The author of nine books, including The Skillful Teacher, Jon Saphier is founder and president of Research for Better Teaching, Inc. (RBT), a professional development organization dedicated since 1979 to improving classroom teaching and school leadership throughout the United States and internationally.
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"Students and teachers need the language to learn how to support one another in their growth. High Expectations Teaching provides not only that language, but also strategies to lead student and teachers to an understanding of the potential for improvement." -- Kelly Minick, English Teacher and Instructional Coach
"High Expectations Teaching is a must read for anyone committed to creating equitable school systems allowing all students, especially students in poverty, educational opportunities for enhancing their lives. Included is a strong research base with practical instructional strategies for creating positive interactions with students, and suggestions for impactful school level policies and procedures." -- Janice Bradley, Author and School Improvement Specialist
"The techniques in High Expectations Teaching will help us all become better teachers for our students." -- Jude A. Huntz, Professor * Penn Valley Community College *