Quote: From Ken Robinson

“Education doesn’t need to be reformed—it needs to be transformed. The key is not to standardize education but to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.” Ken Robinson

From my perspective…
The key to success is to help children overcome their fear of failure or fear of giving their best efforts while feeling that they belong to a community of learners.  Glaser believes that the key attributes are belonging, competence, fun, and freedom.  The question is how to figure out what each student needs so we can help them develop intrinsic motivation and drive. “We need to become the change we wish to see in the world,” said Gandhi.  We want children to belong to a community of learners where their needs are met.  We want them to have a growth mindset and understand that their brain is like a muscle. The more effort they provide, the stronger their brain, and the more learning occurs. Everyone can learn. It is up to the school community to develop those relationships to uncover children’s needs, while providing the type of classroom where trust, relationships, community, choice and fun prevail.  Every child is wired to achieve! It is all about students’ understanding their learning strengths!  As educators, teaching “Habits of the Mind” (Costa, Kallick, 2006) is so important. How do you see your role as an educator?

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