Your Mom Has It and So Do Some Politicians and Teachers - Content Plus One

Your mom has it. Politicians have it. Some teachers have it. They all have phrases and go-to ideas that are repeated again and again. They found an idea that resonates with their audience, and they drive it home.

Could we do the same as a team or even as a Freshman Academy?

We all entered education to teach more than content. We wanted to teach students. We wanted to inspire a love for and an approach to content. We wanted to teach them about thriving, about thinking, about being a decent person.

We are trying to find that one thing, one theme, or one mode a team can unify around and deliver it regularly to their freshmen. We call it Content Plus One.

I opened our meeting a couple of weeks ago with this prompt: If you could give your students your content and one idea that you believe would help them succeed as a student, what would it be?

Here is a big ideas teachers would tackle:

  • Integrity

  • Respect

  • Growth Mindset

  • Believe

  • Grit

  • Self-control

  • Attend

  • Self-Advocacy

As you can see, teachers have a variety of PLUS ONEs.

Leave your PLUS ONE in the comments below.

This is the first in a series of blogs about the development of the idea of Content PLUS ONE.