“This book continually comes back to the relationships formed between students and staff. Using an array of statistics and personal observations, Peters calls upon the heart and the conscience of the educator when asking you to ‘bring your best’ every day into the classroom.”

—From the Foreword by Alan M. Blankstein

Motivate educators in a collaborative endeavor to bring about real change in schools and classrooms!

Reflecting Stephen G. Peters' motivational workshops, this resource provides practical guidelines for influencing school culture and inspiring higher student performance based on understanding today's learners. The book provides strategies and tested techniques that have transformed struggling schools into national and state blue-ribbon winners. The author, well-known for creating the “Gentleman's Club,” invites students who are considered at risk to participate in the decision-making process of school change. Eloquently illustrating the immediate need for improvement in our schools, this resource covers: The expanded roles for educators leading change initiatives; The reasons why many students do not perform well; Practical, specific tips for turning a vision for change into a school's reality

Principals and teacher leaders will welcome this unique approach that can bring about meaningful transformations in students, teachers, and entire school communities.

Creating #1 Classrooms

Creating #1 classrooms

#1 classrooms are grounded in the understanding that ALL learners are capable of far more than adults often assume.

By the end of this chapter, in order to bring your best stuff every day, you should understand the following:

  • Your Educational Vision
  • The Top 10 Requirements for #1 Classrooms
  • Creating Effective Classrooms for All Learners
  • #1 Classroom Teachers
  • Managing the Classroom Climate

Successful classrooms are characterized by the active engagement of students and teachers. Teachers in these classrooms hold and act on high expectations for themselves and for ALL of their students. Likewise, students hold themselves and their teachers to equally high expectations. Teachers in #1 classrooms convey this by personal examples and gestures, but more important, by their attitudes.

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