It’s a quote that has circulated all over social media: “My teacher thought I was smarter than I was, so I was.”
The origin is unknown, but the quote resonated deeply with educators, especially those in science, technology, engineering and math.
The foundational idea is crystal clear: The adults in schools have the power to shape the identities students build for themselves. This anonymous student got a message from their teacher that they could be more, be “smarter” — and that belief allowed them to become more.
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