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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.

Students Become What You ThinkQuotables

  • 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 a teacher trainer and coach. Working elbow to elbow with teachers and teacher leaders to ensure instructional proficiency and student achievement soar lights me up. We have a real need in our nation for strong educators to remain in the field. My blog, book, podcast, courses and instructional materials are geared towards empowering teachers (and those that lead them) to receive the support needed to grow and thrive today, tomorrow and always.