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Redefining Smart
Awakening Students’ Power to Reimagine Their World



© 2016 | 176 pages | Corwin

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

 

 
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
 
References
 
Index

"Every idea in this book is critical for educators: from the idea of a classroom functioning as an ecosystem, to addressing creativity, to encouraging and learning from failure, to the ideas of collaboration."

Melissa Weatherwax, Elementary Teacher
Poestenkill Elementary School, Poestenkill, NY

"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 for life."

Yong Zhao, Ph.D, Presidential Chair, Director
Institute of Global and Online Education University of Oregon

"'Choose courage, over fear'” With these words Thom Markham begins his book, Redefining Smart. He offers a research based educational vision for changing our definition for student success in the 21st Century. The book goes further to offer practical advice, tools, and reflective questions to assist teachers in choosing to have courage to change their practice and student's lives."

Bob Lenz, Executive Director, CEO and founder, Envision Schools
Buck Institute for Education

"For over twenty years it’s been known that intelligence is far more than one’s IQ, and that a powerful relationship exists between the heart and brain that affects one’s ability to self-regulate and navigate the complexities of life. By integrating the new science of heart intelligence into the conversation about deeper learning, inquiry, and 21st century skills, Thom Markham not only redefines intelligence, he shows that positive emotions hold the key to sustained optimal performance, sharper cognitive functioning, and the kind of heartfelt collaboration and mentoring that inspires young people to become resilient, capable, and open-minded adults. This book points the way to the future of education."

Rollin McCraty, Director of Research
Institute of HeartMath

"In Redefining Smart, Thom Markham makes an urgent call for school change that will resonate with anyone who entered the teaching profession because they care about children. Joyful learning that engages both heart and brain is not a squishy, feel-good idea. Nor is it in opposition to today’s rigorous standards. Indeed, as Markham explains in detail, today’s students will not be prepared to tackle the challenges ahead unless we help them learn to think, collaborate, communicate, and feel. Speaking directly--and respectfully--to teachers, he 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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