153: Students Become What You Think

Teachers are busy people and oftentimes don’t realize that every interaction they have with a child shapes the self-concept of their students. Regardless of intention, what teachers THINK about a child can be expressed as an expectation that can damage or restore a child’s passion and potential. Tune in to hear solutions for how all teachers can ensure every interaction with students communicates sincere adoration and high expectations.


  • Every interaction sends a message
  • Send the expectation that we are spending our time wisely
  • It’s not that the other teacher is better than you, they just figured out how to jive with that kid
  • Every kid needs to know they have potential, end of story
  • No matter what our kids want to be or do, we have to encourage them to chase it
  • You want kids to leave your classroom thinking, “My teacher always believed in me, even when I dreamed crazy”

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I am an educator of almost a decade, passionate about cultivating talent in aspiring and new teachers through practical tips and strategies. My blog, book, and podcast are geared towards empowering teachers to enter the profession and stay there due to the advice and encouragement I provide. We have a real need in our nation for strong leaders in classrooms, and I believe its my calling and duty to coach teachers to achieve and maintain best teaching practices in order to drive the growth and success of our students in and outside the classroom.