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181: The Reward of Developing People

Being a teacher is more than just teaching content lessons. It is the life-giving work of an educator to develop the people in front of them every day. One way to do that is to provide appropriate challenge and support so that overtime students begin to rely on themselves to overcome hardships. Tune in to hear tips on how to elevate your lesson design process so that it stretches students in a comfortable, rewarding way.


  • Give me a sticker and I will do my very best for a few minutes. Give me a warm smile and I will do my very best for a little while. Give me encouragement and I will do my very best for a long while. Give me the experiences that help me believe in myself and I will do my very best forever. (Author Unknown)
  • it is the art of lesson design and student engagement that provides the EXPERIENCE that lasts the lifetime.
  • They are seeing a highlight reel in their head of all the past road blocks and obstacles and remember the feeling hurdling over them without the help of anyone but their inner dialogue and muscle memory.
  • They learn what they are made of and how they are smart enough to think it through and strong enough to make it through.
  • It has to be a continuous process that develops in intricacy over time.
  • The dominos cannot go into motion until you have a plan in place for how to stop teaching content lessons and think bigger into developing people.

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