Join Jon Saphier as he presents in a Dive Deep Session at the AESA Annual Conference on the topic of High Expectations Teaching: "Smart is Something You Can Get."
Participants will learn how teachers and leaders:
- Convince students they can grow their ability at academics: their ability is malleable, not fixed;
- Show students how to grow it;
- Motivate students to want to.
Administrators learn how to:
- Coach teachers in the skills and commitments of the program;
- Re-shape school practices and policies to support these commitments.
We have the capacity to get students to believe in themselves, to believe that they have able brains, and to believe that effort is the main determinant of their academic success; thus the subtitle "Smart is Something You Can Get." If they are behind academically, it is not because there is anything wrong with their brains or that their "ability" is deficient.
For students to accept this message, they need to hear that we believe in their capacity and be surrounded by an environment that sends these messages at every turn:
- What we're doing is important.
- You can do it.
- I'm not going to give up on you.
These messages don't get sent by osmosis, cheerleading, or signage. They get sent through everyday behavior - what we say and do. It is not a matter of personality, but it is a matter of behavior.