A quick look at chapter six last week alerted me that this was going to be a rich chapter for my teaching/learning year ahead. That's why I took the reading slowly and translated the chapter's essential points into the mini-posters below for my classroom. I typically tell students that they are in the driver's seat of their education and that I am there to serve them. I often say, Can you believe they pay me to serve you! Then I encourage the children to share what they need with me. I also work with each child in a give-and-take manner to help them reach for and work towards learning goals with a large number of strategies and classroom efforts. While I believe I do much of what Hammond proposes in chapter six, I know that once I get started with the year I'll likely return to this chapter. In the meantime, I'l focus on the mini posters below as well as other related empowering student and alliance material on a related website.