Meeting Students Where They Are: Preparing Them for What’s Next


In today’s ASCD podcast titled, “Meeting Students Where They Are: Preparing Them for What’s Next,” author Eric Jensen and the new director of ASCD’s Healthy School Communities Initiative, Sean Slade, share their insights on how to change the assumption of many that teachers are simply messengers and that it is up to the student to be interested and master the material. Among their advice and expertise, Jensen and Slade talked about the responsibility of teachers to personalize learning and integrate the whole child in order to affect cognition. Dr. Rita Smilkstein in her book, Born to Learn, cites that all learning is connected to emotion. When someone’s internal motivation is activated, their passion and purpose is tapped. Each student brings their own personality, emotions, learning style and situations at home to the classroom. Positive relationships between students and teachers make learning more meaningful to students and engages everyone in active learning.

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Slade states that there is a phenomenal amount of knowledge students today are expected to know in order to graduate high school, to get accepted to college and even to live in society. With so much expected of today’s students, it’s up to teachers, principals, districts and parents to do help as much as possible to ensure academic, career and life success.

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