State of Mind in the Classroom asserts three simple, fundamental principles that govern healthy learning, and the “caring and connectedness” from adults that are essential to childrens’ success in school, and life.
Writing from the heart, and their personal experiences over many decades, the authors draw on work in some of the most challenging schools and neighborhoods in the United States. They speak to the missing dimension in education: understanding and evoking both teachers’ and students’ capacities for wisdom, love, creativity
This paradigm-shifting book helps educators “get out of their own way” to listen more closely to students (and more deeply to themselves) and appreciate how teachers, students, and administrators all create their own “learning cultures” from the fabric of thought. Beneath habits of negative, defeatist thinking, each child, and
teacher, is always capable of fresh thinking, new learning and a deeper understanding of life itself. Teachers and students are, at core, loving and kind human beings, eager to learn new things. This book reveals the way to unleash that core.
“Among all the popular education reform strategies I have seen in the past decade, the Three Principles/Innate Resiliency approach may very well be the most promising and durable approach for all students, across all demographic and achievement levels. It's a total game changer for educators and learners alike.”
— Lisa R. Villarreal, Program Officer, Education, The San Francisco Foundation
“This book offers real hope for teachers, administrators, parents, and students who have bumped up against the edges of our current educational system. By sharing the principles underlying effective teaching and learning, and stories earned on the front lines of some of the most difficult schools in America, the authors present a vision for how a simple shift in educational philosophy and understanding could lead to better education for students and a better experience for educators. If you care about the future of education, this book is a true gift!”
— Michael Neill, radio show host and bestselling author of The Inside-Out Revolution
“I was on the verge of flunking out of college in my first year, when 12 words from a teacher changed the way I saw my life. This book explains how that happened— and how it can happen in any classroom at any moment.”
— Dave Nichols, M.Div., community worker and Executive Director, Center for Sustainable Change