Peer through the eyes of students. See school their way. When we act on what students show us, valued outcomes follow. Students know best what engages and bores them and can offer dynamic insight into how to pique their best. When we know how to listen, we learn to increase interest, motivation, and overall achievement through academic press and a supportive culture. This book shows readers how to tap into student insight and adjust thinking to see education and learning through their eyes. Experience new levels of engagement and growth as you learn to:  •Build a culture of support, safety, and membership through academic excellence  •Nurture the growth of engaged teaching See things their way and transform your learning environment into a challenging, cohesive, and satisfying model for growth and outcome. “Missing far too long from the school improvement literature is the students’ perspective. Joe Murphy demands that leaders learn to look through students’ eyes to better understand the gaps and opportunities for school improvement and creating positive relationships in which students can flourish. This book lays out the theory and research that undergirds developing a student perspective, and provides strategies and approaches for leaders that should become essential to their preparation and practice.” Terry Orr, Director of Future School Leaders Academy Bank Street College of Education “For 40 years educators have sought answers to the question: how do school leaders ‘make a difference’? This quest has taken us in many directions, but few scholars thought to look through the ‘eyes of students’. In this book Murphy provides a missing piece to this important puzzle.” Philip Hallinger, Professor Chulalongkorn University

Understanding Student Eyes

Understanding Student Eyes

Educators can find numerous studies and expert opinions about character education, but they are seldom given the opportunity to view character education through the eyes of students. (Romanowski, 2003, p. 4)

If I am going to be a successful teacher, I’ve got to try to look through students’ eyes. I’ve got to understand something about how they see their futures, themselves, and the world around them. (Ellwood, 1993, p. 66)

It is critical that we create sacred spaces for students to have a voice on the people, places, and practices that enrich their schooling experience. (Howard, 2001, p. 147)

The goal of this volume is to show how schooling looks through the eyes of students. In this chapter, we examine why the ...

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