What does it take to get good? Young people are developing mastery in ways we easily overlook
Catching the spark : kids tell what draws them in and gives them confidence in learning
Keeping at it : when do young people stick with something and make it their own?
Asking the experts : looking at how experts work, students make sense of their own process
Exploring deliberate practice : young people look closer at what makes practice effective
Practice and performance : demonstrating mastery also helps students improve
Bringing practice into the classroom : students imagine the classroom as a community of practice
Is homework deliberate practice? Whether, when, and how to give kids practice after class
School projects that build expert habits : students talk about their most compelling curricula
Making school a community of practice : kids suggest ways that schools can foster expert habits.
"Through the voices of students themselves, Fires in the Mind brings a game-changing question to teachers of adolescents: What does it take to get really good at something? Starting with what they already know and do well, teenagers from widely diverse backgrounds join a cutting-edge dialogue with adults about the development of mastery in and out of school. Their insights frame motivation, practice, and academic challenge in a new light that galvanizes more powerful learning for all. To put these students' ideas into practice, the book also includes practical tips for educators, exercises, questionnaires, "do" and "don't" lists, and other helpful tools"-- Provided by publisher.