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Teaching Tips to Try Newsletter October 25, 2009

Teaching Tips to Try Newsletter October 25, 2009

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 Teaching Tips to Try Newsletter
October 25, 2009From Linda The Math CoachGo Beyond the Theory. Apply the Research. Make it work!
MEET THESE EXPERTS!Rescheduled for October 27thDR. ROBYN JACKSON Never Work Harder Than Your Students & DifferentiationTBA“PRINCIPALBARUTI KEFELEMotivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life
This Week’s Theme:
Never Work Harder Than Your Students & Other Principles of Great Teaching
A Book By Dr. Robyn Jackson That You Must Read
Love that title. Had to pick it up and read it. In fact, I couldn’t put it down until Icompleted it. It is a truthful look at teaching with no nonsense advice on how todeal with that truth. But I couldn’t just whiz through it once. I had to get out mypen and highlighter and go back through it two more times. This is one of thosebooks that spells out clear explanations and examples of what we want our instruction to look like. Then it outlines detailed steps to make it happen. This ismy number-one-choice-how to book for growing master teachers. This is why Iam putting you in touch with Dr. Jackson on Tuesday. For the best first handknowledge, let’s go to the source!In the meantime, here is a little background information.
Becoming A Master Teacher 
Robyn Jackson begins the book by stating that any teacher can become amaster teacher. I find it interesting to note how her thoughts coincide with CarolDweck’s view about students and learning. You may recall the following excerptform an earlier issue of Teaching Tips To Try Newsletter:
“There is a growing body of evidence that students’ mindsets play a key role in their math andscience achievement. Students who believe that intelligence or math and science ability is simplya fixed trait (a fixed mindset) are at a significant disadvantage compared to students who believethat their abilities can be developed (a growth mindset).”
The good news is that any teacher can grow into a master teacher. It is not aquick fix apply a list of strategies process. It is a journey. You are alreadysomewhere on that road. Reaching the land of mastery may require a change of mindset and developing the understanding and application of seven principles.So what are these principles?
Seven Principles of Mastery Teaching1.Master teachers start where their students are.2.Master teachers know where their students are going.3.Master teachers expect to get their students to their goal.4.Master teachers support their students along the way.5.Master teachers use feedback to help them and their students getbetter.6.Master teachers focus on quality rather than quantity.7.Master teachers never work harder than their students.
Most of the book is devoted to helping the reader understand and apply theseprinciples. Through many anecdotes involving real students and real teachersgrappling with real classroom issues, you can clearly see how to incorporatethese principles into your own teaching.Especially cool is the mastery self-assessment. It is a battery of questions tohelp you gauge your own progression toward practicing each principle. Dr.Jackson defines the four progressive stages and labels them Novice, Apprentice,Practitioner, and Master. Whether you coach teachers or you want to use thispersonally, you can begin with the self-assessment. Determine your stage anddecide which principle to work on first.The last chapter outlines how to put it all together and provides helpful tools for implementing a personal or group professional development plan to move towardmastery teaching.
Hey, don’t miss the teleseminar with Dr. Robyn Jackson onTuesday, October 27
Check your email on Monday and Tuesday for reminder messages withdetails and directions for joining the call! You must be a regular subscriber to Teaching Tips To Try to receive the email messages.
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October 27
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What is the Master Teacher Mindset?Can any teacher become a Master Teacher?What are the seven things all master teachers do?Where can YOU start?

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