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Redefining Smart

Awakening Students’ Power to Reimagine Their World

This book details a groundbreaking new approach to content delivery and instruction, geared towards maximizing student inquiry, discovery, deep thought, exploration, and creativity.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781483358963
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2015
  • Page Count: 176
  • Publication date: June 17, 2015

Price: $39.95



Equip Your Students To Create Their Own Intellectual Destiny!

The best educators are the ones who empower students to ask intelligent questions and persistently seek the answers, stepping in only when necessary.

Fostering rigorous, inquiry-based learning requires consistent systems backed by research and data. And these are precisely what you’ll find in this book, which details:

  • A groundbreaking new approach to content delivery and instruction, geared towards maximizing student discovery, deep thought, exploration, and creativity
  • Why educators must let go of student IQ as a concept that influences teaching methods in any way
  • How to create a protocol-driven environment that fosters deep sharing and reflection

With this book, you can give your students the two greatest gifts possible: Intellectual confidence and a growth mindset.

"An urgent call for redefining educational outcomes and a compelling argument for personalization of education. Markham convincingly explains why education is much more than developing cognitive skills and proposes practical ways to cultivate what matters."

Yong Zhao, Director,
Institute of Global and Online Education, University of Oregon

"This book will resonate with teachers. Joyful learning that engages both heart and brain is not in opposition to today’s rigorous standards. As Markham explains, students will not be prepared to tackle the challenges ahead unless they learn to think, collaborate, communicate, and feel. This book outlines practical steps to create the culture of inquiry that all children deserve."

Suzie Boss
Author of Bringing Innovation to School and Edutopia blogger

Key features

  • Guides educators in engaging in inwardly reflective personal growth in order to develop an agile, communicative, collaborative, and creative self as a means to work with and influence others
  • A Moving Forward section at the end of each chapter offering educators concrete steps they can take to rethink intelligence, instruction, and their role as educators.
  • Reflection Questions for each chapter to encourage educators to stop and think and actively reflect on their current patterns of thinking
  • An Afterword offering suggestions and resources for how to become agents of change


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Thom Markham

Thom Markham is a psychologist, author, speaker, educator, thought leader, and internationally recognized consultant to schools and districts focused on project based inquiry, 21st century skills, school redesign, and student empowerment. As founder and CEO of PBL Global, he has worked with over 250 schools and districts, and conducted workshops for nearly 6000 teachers across five continents, providing proven methods and resources for designing high quality, challenging, and authentic projects. His previous books include several best-selling books on project based learning, including the Project Based Learning Design and Coaching Guide: Expert tools for innovation and inquiry for K-12 educators, as well as numerous articles on school transformation. He can be contacted through his website, www.thommarkham.com.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface: Be the Change You Want to See: Or, Why This Book Is Different

I. Making Children Smarter

1. Be Future-Ready: Entering a Relationship-Driven World

2. Let Go of IQ: Why Beliefs Limit Intelligence

3. Follow the Child: The "It" Factor

4. Reconnect Heart and Brain: Why Love Matters

II. Aligning School and Smart

5. Leverage the Power of Care: From Teacher to Mentor

6. Rethink Rigor: Preparing for Deeper Learning

7. Be a Co-Learner: Coaching Intelligent Behaviors

8. Put Thinking First: Teacher as Designer

9. Follow the Gamers: The Creative Mindset

10. Tap the Future of Smart: Making Collaboration the Norm

Afterword: Become an Agent of Change: Twelve East Ways to Contribute to the Conversation





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