I still open this book and reread parts that need to be reinforced in my class. This is a great starting point for all new teachers. The Wong’s are real in their truth about teaching and their passion for student engagement.
Sir Ken Robinson hits so many nails on their heads. This will take the traditional rigged theory of district testing and challenge it with years of his experience and research. He is inspiring teachers around the world to tune into the students gifts and talents and help them to soar.
Kim Bearden is an absolute inspiration. I had the pleasure of recently meeting her and listening to her passion and enthusiasm that permeates the classroom. She feeds the soul of teachers who might be stuck in a rut or need some motivation to be different and live loud for our students. She is vulnerable and strong all at the same time revealing her own personal struggles and how she rose to the occasion of showing up for her students.
This year I wanted to create a more structured community environment. We now start almost every day with our morning meeting. If you cannot build trust respect and love in a classroom, good luck teaching them academics. When my class feels safe and that they have a place to be heard, they are more likely to commit to respecting the classroom and the rules that are in place.