Imagine a school with a culture so positive that everyone thrives: students and educators alike. Classrooms are lively, students feel they’re part of a community that cares about them, and teachers are happy and productive. Too good to be true? Not in a ridiculously amazing school.
There are many of them all across the country. What are their secrets to success? In this book, principal Tracey Smith and Jeff Waller, co-author of The 7 Mindsets to Live Your Ultimate Life, show how taking care of educators first—and cultivating supportive relationships—results in profound and positive changes. Smith and Waller explore the five key elements of what they call courageous schools: schools that understand it takes a “whole” teacher to teach the “whole” child. They reveal the one variable that stands out as a predictor of sustained excellence…and it isn’t about leadership style, teaching practices, or demographics.
There’s no question that teaching is hard work with little instant gratification, and too many educators go to work each day feeling unappreciated and overburdened. But it shouldn’t—and doesn’t—have to be that way.
Smith and Waller offer practical solutions and a road map to drive real and meaningful change within the school and classroom. It’s possible to create a nurturing climate where teachers are respected and have the power to transform lives…not just their students’ lives, but their own.
If everyone wants to live happy and successful lives, then why do so few achieve it? This simple question launched an exhaustive study into the commonalities of the world’s happiest and most successful people. We spent thousands of hours analyzing research and conducting our own. We tracked down and interviewed over 400 highly successful people. We combed through over 200 biographies and best-selling success stories. We left no stone unturned. So, what do the happiest and most successful people have in common? It turns out that it’s not related to geography, race, or gender. It’s not whether they grew up in loving homes or broken homes, nor whether their families were affluent or impoverished. It even has nothing to do with their education level, nor with their specific skill sets. In fact, what they all actually have in common is their mindsets… how they think!
The 7 Mindsets provide the foundation for lives filled with extraordinary meaning, fulfillment and success on one’s own terms. And perhaps our most surprising discovery was that the vast majority of people are not only not living the 7 Mindsets, but are actually thinking and acting in direct opposition to them.
The findings are revolutionary and have positively impacted countless lives. If you’re ready to live your ultimate life and help ensure that future generations do as well, then this is a must read.
Ridiculously Amazing Schools...uses powerful anecdotes to deliver important messages. Tracey and Jeff have delivered an engaging and accessible framework for transforming the lives of our educators and the students they teach.
A unique and uplifting book that focuses on how to support teachers...The key is investing in our people, their well-being, and the relationships we cultivate among them. Jeff and Tracey provide conditions for success and practical guidance to help educators create schools students need. The time is now!
Ridiculously Amazing Schools is a very practical blueprint of how to take seemingly ordinary schools and the culture within them to the next level of excellence!! I loved that right off the bat they point out that you can’t teach a ‘whole’ child without addressing the whole teacher... In today’s educational climate of research based, data driven assessments and standards, it’s easy to forget that at the core of our schools, and the educational outcomes we seek, are the relationships within them. A school climate is palpable...positive or negative. To create change...inspire a teacher! This book absolutely does that! All educators should be able to find inspiration from the stories and suggestions they find inside. Also, the tools to put any or all of the suggestions into practice are awesome!! I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to get started on their own ridiculously amazing journey!