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#bookstudy on “Never Work Harder Than your Students &…”

September 30, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

My assistant principal Keisha Hill at my school was talking about the work of Robyn R. Jackson and I was intrigued. I borrowed this book from her and started reading. It is one of those books that you read and think, “some of this is common sense”. But sometimes we are so busy in our daily lives for common sense that we forget about it.

Robyn Jackson lists seven mastery principles:

    1. Start where the students are: know what makes your students tick, what drives them.
    2. Know where their students are going: use backwards by design to make sure standards are being met.
    3. Expect to get their students to their goal: believe in your students
    4. Support their students along the way: exemplars and modeling how to do it right and wrong
    5. Use effective feedback: love the idea of the color coding your rubric so kids understand clearly what they need to work on.
    6. Focus on quality rather than quantity: figure out your need to know, versus nice to know, versus SKIP
    7. Never work harder than their students: give logical consequences, not punishments. Divide up the work.

Jim Collin and his team wrote “no matter how dramatic the end result, the good-to-great transformations never happen in one fell swoop.” We need to constantly be working on it. It is an organic and cumulative process.

The Master Teacher Trajectory

    1. moving from novice to apprentice- acquire the skills and disposition
    2. moving from apprentice to pratitioner- apply some of the rules
    3. moving from practitioner to master teacher-assimilate by purposefully practice the skills
    4. becoming a better master teacher- always reflect and refine

Great read and  reminder to work better not harder.


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