The Formative Five: Fostering Student Success Skills
About the Course
For success in school and life, students need more than proficiency in academic subjects and good scores on tests; those goals should form the floor, not the ceiling, of their education. To truly thrive, students need to develop attributes that aren’t typically measured on standardized tests. In this lively, engaging book by veteran school leader Thomas R. Hoerr, educators will learn how to foster the “Formative Five” success skills that today’s students need, including
- Empathy: learning to see the world through others’ perspectives.
- Self-control: cultivating the abilities to focus and delay self-gratification.
- Integrity: recognizing right from wrong and practicing ethical behavior.
- Embracing diversity: recognizing and appreciating human differences.
- Grit: persevering in the face of challenge.
When educators engage students in understanding and developing these five skills, they change mindsets and raise expectations for student learning. As an added benefit, they see significant improvements in school and classroom culture. With specific suggestions and strategies, The Formative Five will help teachers, principals, and anyone else who has a stake in education prepare their students—and themselves—for a future in which the only constant will be change.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify and understand empathy, self-control, integrity, embracing diversity, and grit when working with students and implementing these five formative strategies in the classroom.
- Use a variety of other assessments (e.g., pre-assessments) to support student learning.
- Define the principles of the five formative strategies.
Who are you?
I am Troy Rivera. I live in Northern Colorado. I have 14 years experience in education. I am passionate about my profession and advocate for it, greatly. I love helping others find their passion and becoming successful.
What led you to education?
I had many amazing educators in my life. These educators were passionate and did everything they could to help me and my friends succeed. Because of them, and the heart I have, I became a teacher. I wanted to give back what my teachers gave me. I want to help others find their passion and succeed in the world. Also, I love advocating for my profession as an educator. Educators are people who change the world one student at a time.
What do you have a knack for? How did you find that out?
I have a knack for nature and running. In the summer of 2016, I ran a half-marathon and climbed a 14er. Just the idea of the challenges allowed me to stretch my learning curve, skills, and abilities. By accomplishing these feats, I have discovered new passions in my life.
What are you passionate about personally? What do you really enjoy? What can’t you stop talking about?
I am passionate about learning and living life. I enjoy sharing and hearing about successes of challenges life brings. Just sitting down and having a conversation is amazing to me. I learn so much about others and am able to give others a slice of my life.
Where can we find you when you’re not working? What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend or a Sunday afternoon?
You can find me either strolling in a park taking pictures, running the streets improving my running skills, climbing and hiking the amazing Rocky Mountains to enjoy the beauty of nature, or relaxing by reading a book.