Chapter 5 Resources

Use these activities to nurture your skills. Even better - gather with your team to embed these skills in your work and empower your students to become heroes that change their world.

  • Hero SIM - Work with your leadership team to complete the 5.0 Hero SIM on Leading Like an Alien!! You can find it online at

  • Gather demographic research about the enrollment in your honors classes so you have data to drive the equity you seek for your students and community. How will you make up the gaps - or celebrate your successes in this area?

  • Which ideas challenged your thinking the most in this chapter and how did it cause you to reconsider your current thinking?

  • If you want to learn how procrastination can lead to increased creativity, just wait a little while. Nothing has to be done yet in this area!

  • Reflect on your school’s grading practices compared to Wormeli’s grading practices to avoid. How does your school match up?

Hattie refers to an Australian study that concluded, “Rather than being a harmless fad, learning styles theory perpetuates the very stereotyping and harmful teaching practices that it is said to combat.” (Hattie & Yates, 2014 p.183). Don’t confuse a teachers’ plan to approach learning from a variety of styles (with experiences they choose) with a connection to a student’s unique interest and connection to personal prior knowledge. Varied approaches to learning based on readiness, and assessment options are both good ideas – but giving students as much autonomy as you can in the learning connected to your core goals is a stronger option. Look over your lessons, or district curriculum to see where student voice and choice can be leveraged for greater learning outcomes.

Hattie, J., & Yates, G., (2014). Visible learning and the science of how we learn. Routledge:London. Available at Corwin Press.