I've learned something about myself reading this book. I did not have a philosophy of kids. I've always thought kids don't do things because they don't want to. I never considered that kids do well if they can. I was speaking to a grandmother today and she is concerned that her sixth grade grandson isn't learning. He told me, "He can't read, do his math, or spell." He struggles with reading so I suggested she try to get him glasses. Our principal offered to help with the cost if she takes him to the doctor. She wants him in a self contained classroom. This student has had behavior problems in the past and has improved some since being in an inclusion setting. To go back to the previous point, this is a kid I considered didn't want to do well. No matter what interventions we try, he's not progressing at a rate I'd like him to. I try to make him want to do well by offering incentives.
I need to teach thinking skills. This came from chapter 1. I just received the book from Amazon today.