"Well, that's an interesting title.", I said aloud, as I began flipping through the pages. The premise of Duct Tape Parenting, written by Vicki Hoefle, is the emphasis of a new set of 3Rs in preparing kids for life "in the real world". Instead of reading, writing, and arithmetic, the challenge becomes helping young people develop skills in the areas of being...
Respectful, Responsible, and Resilient
I have recently been spending time researching informal, personal learning environments and how these concepts can help schools adapt to a socially networked world. Teachers, along with parents, stand to benefit from the "less is more" team approach to raising children. The message in Duct Tape Parenting parallels the work in two of my other favorites; Mindset by Carol Dweck, and The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by the late Stephen Covey.
I was so excited about Hoefle's framing of these new 3Rs that I tweeted them out to my PLN for some feedback and validation. What I received was a helpful reminder from @poida to not forget "the 4th-R".
Relationships stand the test of time, particularly when it comes to learning and growing. Help turn this post into a conversation by sharing your thoughts in the comments section.
Why should relationships be considered the 4th R in schools?
How do relationships in the classroom promote learning and growth?