Help students become more successful in the classroom and learn how to build a skill set of perseverance, curiosity, optimism, and self-control that in turn shape their character. In this course you will be working through the required text, How Children Succeed, by Paul Tough. Through their stories-and the stories of the children they are trying to help-Tough reveals how knowledge can transform young people’s lives. Explore the science behind these findings, and also the schools, programs and outreach projects that have implemented the lessons–as well as the successes and challenges that they have experienced. Work at your own pace in this course and gain valuable tools to immediately use in your school. K-12
Through this course and reading "How Children Succeed" participants will learn about a variety of studies that have been shown to improve the learning of children. In society today, tests scores are analyzed as a reflection of a child’s intelligence. In this book, the author argues that success can be measured more by character. Students will gain an awareness of what they can do to help children become successful in the classroom and have a better understanding of the skills that make up character: perseverance, curiosity, optimism, and self-control. They will become familiar with perspectives and reasoning behind this practice. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to analyze their own thoughts and ideas, and implement changes in their classroom. After reading this book and completing this course, it is important for students to critically think about how they can make a difference and advance in their ability to reach unique and challenging students with a variety of methods and tools.
Thanks for the great questions to help me delve deeper into the book and enjoy this inspiring read to enhance my work!
---Spring 2017 Student