As a TBA author, I am joining the TBA Book Club, in order to fully review and share my favorite parts of this book. This week the focus is on the first part of the book:
Part 1: Core Principles and Values
Share your favorite principles and thoughts from part one of The End of Molasses Classes
If I had to choose one section that I wanted to write and share about, I would have to choose principle number 10: Be Excellent! I think this is the cornerstone to the other principles. First you have to recognize that you have to be a dynamic force in the classroom. You have to take charge of your own teaching, internalize and scrutinize whether you are prepared to make each moment special and excellent.
Of course I just can't choose one section to write about. There was one section that hit home, right after I had read the book and right as we were starting school. This would be Section 2: Not Every Child Deserves a Cookie. Our district moved to a new report card this year and yes the new system has caused a bit of confusion in the intermediate grades, forcing teachers to really look at how our new number system equates to actual student work. Meaning, what does it mean to be a 4 (being the highest mark) vs a 3 or even a 2. What does a 4 student look like vs a 3 student? Just because a student turns in all their homework and gets 100% on every homework does not equate to that student being a 4. Being a 4 means going above and beyond, expecting more than just what is given. Not Every Child Deserves a Cookie served as a good story as to what one might expect of a 4 student.
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I look forward to each week and sharing my thoughts! Stayed tuned for next week's review!