The book claims that a teacher can become a master teacher of his or her mind-set by following the principled teaching as described in the book. The author makes a radical assertion that any teacher can become a master teacher by developing a master teacher mindset and keep on improving his or her classroom practice.
Each chapter of the book provides a detailed explanation of one of the mastery principles, the steps you need to take to apply them to your own practice, and suggestions for how you can begin practicing the principle in your classroom right away.
In the form of case studies, Jackson narrates stories from her own teaching practices, as well as from other teachers she has helped, to show you how each principle works.
The author maintains that teaching is a hard job, but using Jackson's principles will help you and your students reap the rich rewards of that hard work.
The book advises the teachers that instead of paying more attention to honing techniques of teaching and working hard on them, they should change their mindset to pass on more and more learning responsibilities to students.
The seven principles of teaching advocated by the book are as follows: Start where students are; Know where students are going; Expect your students to get their goals; Support your students along the way; Use feedback to help you and your students better; Focus on quality rather than quantity; Never work harder than your students
The book has been published by the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, US, and makes a very interesting reading.