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Thank you for this idea! As a

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Thank you for this idea! As a student in the education major I am constantly looking for ideas to use in my future classrooms and this is one I absolutely will use!

Education writer

Encouraging the interests of

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Encouraging the interests of even the youngest student can lead to amazing things. Maintaining excitement about learning and new experiences will carry students through the bumpy times in school. Definitely something to think about as we head into the new year.

Director, Antioch Center for School Renewal

This is the key: "it's all

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This is the key:

"it's all about how he views his students, starting from a place of asset and not deficit. "

I have worked with so many educators over the years who have a tremendous amount of respect for the students and families they serve- largely through organizations like the Coalition of Essential Schools. I've also worked with teachers who were unwilling to look beyond the differences between their own childhoods- in terms of study habits, family make-up, affluence, language,etc- and the realities of their students' lives. If we can't begin from a place of "I know you're going to give me the best you got and that's what I'm going to give you, too" then what hope do we have?

Thanks for sharing this perspective!

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