Practice Fourteen

Practice 14 : All learners experience success. The educator guarantees it by comparing learners to their own past performance, not the performance of others. Learners are showcased, and past failures are disregarded.

 Implementation Basics | Practice Implementation Evaluation and Goal Setting | Life Principles, Expectations, and Quotes | Hand Sign for Practice | Practice Connections | Characteristics of Implementation with Online Resources | Research | Literature | Poetry | Vocabulary | Music & Video Links | General Resource Websites | Learning Strategies 

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of being.”

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe




Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.” --Ralph Waldo Emerson



Implementation Basics


Practice Implementation Evaluation and Goal Setting

Practice 14 Implementation Evaluation - This instrument may be used as an individual or building-wide evaluation of the implementation for Practice #11. Its use to establish goals for growth is encouraged. (printable document)

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Life Principles, Expectations, and Quotes










Hand Signs for Practice

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Practice Connections

Practice 14 Connections - list of other 17 Practices that are connected to Practice # 14


Implementation Characteristics

  1. Set up opportunities for learners to experience success encouraging a sense of community and developing a true bond of esprit de corps.Implementation Online Resources:

  2. Building a common language through brainstorming, discussion, and encouraging varied perspectives

    • Whole Group Discussion - How to prepare questions for discussion, Tips for Questioning, and Other Resources
    • Student Centered Discussion and Deliberation 9:32 min. - Excellent video hearing from educators and students about concerns and attributes of student centered discussions. Includes a classroom process going from small groups(planes) to whole group.
    • Choice and Goal Setting Mind Maps - Multiple mind maps for goal setting, general use, as well as other online tools to use for brainstorming, planning, and evaluating.
    • Questioning Resources- includes Questioning strategies for Socratic Questioning, the Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy, the Six Questions, Quotes, Music, and other materials
    • Creating a Community and Finding a Purpose - 13:32 min. - TED talk - Stephen Thompson walks you through his journey from being a ward of the state at age nine to Silicon Valley Executive and how he created a community to pave the way.
    • Practice Nine Implementation Ideas - Select from 41 Ideas for creating a respectful encouraging culture.
  3. Aid learners in viewing mistakes as part of the learning process.

  4. Model an encouraging affirming attitude during the learning process. Give specific feedback through positive written and/or spoken commentary on efforts and work produced providing creative opportunities to showcase learners. Implementation Online Resources:

  5. Guide learners to set goals for their own individual achievement offering choice often and encouraging self-reflection and input on their personal efforts and progress. Minimize negative comparisons, replacing it with respect for the diverse ways we all learn. Implementation Online Resources:



Practice Research Resources



Implementation Online Resources:


Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms - to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” - Viktor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning






Word Wall Vocabulary:

Motivation Feedback Effort Inspiration Support

Success Enthusiasm Encouragement Goal

Diversity Community Esprit de Corp Friendship

“ Word, ‘Goal’, in Action”

In pairs create a list of words that describe ‘GOAL’. (Mind Maps) Join another pair, share lists, and add any new words. Join another group of 4 and repeat. The end result in a list to be posted in the room for use and reflection.


Music & Video



General Resource Websites:

  • Flipgrid - online tool - Create and record visuals and promote student voice and choice in their learning. Grids are a meeting place for your classroom, your school, your department or any learning community to discuss your topics.
  • Seesaw - an App that allows students to explore a variety of powerful tools (like drawing, voice recording, taking videos, and more!) to show what they know in the way that works best for them
  • National Science Digital Library - The National Science Digital Library (NSDL) was created by the National Science Foundation to provide organized access to high quality resources and tools that support innovations in teaching and learning at all levels of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. NSDL is a digital library of exemplary resource collections and services, organized in support of science education at all levels. Educators may search for level PK - 12+ for FREE digital resources. Compatible for making assignments directly to Google Classroom.
  • What is QFT? - Question Formulation Technique - Explanation of the steps and videos demonstrating its use in the classroom.
    • Experiencing the Question Formulation Technique - An explanation and step-by-step instructions for the process
    • Right Questions - Educational Leadership - An Explanation of the process
    • Teaching Channel has published a blog series that showcases teachers across the United States who use the Question Formulation Technique (QFT). The blog series features educators from the lower-elementary grades through community college. It includes insights from science, history, English, library, and math teachers showing how the effectiveness of the QFT in the classroom is lived out in these educational settings.
  • Tools to Create Online Student Portfolios - Online resource giving options for creating student portfolios


Learning Strategies