Our teachers at Shady Oak are committed to effectiveness. Parents—the first and most consistent teachers their children know—can cultivate like qualities in themselves.
Mediocre teachers do everything “by the book.” Star teachers think bigger thoughts than can be contained within a book.
What do you want kids to get out of your classes? If your answer is “good grades” or even “get into college,” your vision could use some expansion. Envisioning a bright future for your students as a body is fine; but if you want to be maximally effective, you also need to consider students as individuals. What are their strengths, their passions, their personality traits, their backgrounds—and how well can you visualize these contributing to their future impact on the world?
Here are a few other ideas to make contagious “vision for achievement” a way of life in your classroom.
Remember: when you have a powerful vision for achievement, your kids will catch it. From there, it can spread to change the world.