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Coaching: The New Leadership Skill
October 13, 2011 | Volume 7 | Issue 1
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Mastery Teaching Is a Practice, Not a Gift



ASCD talks with author Robyn Jackson about her book Never Work Harder Than Your Students. In this clip, Jackson dispels the myth that teaching is all about having a "gift" and coaches teachers to acquire and practice the principles of mastery teaching:

  1. Master teachers start where their students are.
  2. Master teachers know where their students are going.
  3. Master teachers expect to get their students to their goal.
  4. Master teachers support their students along the way.
  5. Master teachers use feedback to help them and their students get better.
  6. Master teachers focus on quality rather than quantity.
  7. Master teachers never work harder than their students.

Practice with these principles, not innate talent, is the key to professional growth, says Jackson.

Source: From Talks with an Author: Robyn Jackson, in which the author discusses her book Never Work Harder Than Your Students, Segment 2: The gift of teaching. Copyright 2010 by ASCD.


ASCD Express, Vol. 7, No. 1. Copyright 2011 by ASCD. All rights reserved. Visit


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