he Myth of Average

In “The Myth of Average”, Todd Rose, a high school dropout turned Harvard faculty, talks about how a simple new way of thinking helps nurture individual potential.  As educators, we know that research shows we typically teach to the average student.  In this video, Todd Rose discusses teaching to the edges.  Prior to the discussion, watch the video “The Myth of Average” and review the attached interview with Todd Rose.


  • Describe two changes you can make to your classroom to “teach to the edges”.  What are the barriers to applying this concept to your classroom?  
  • Describe the “average” student in your classroom?  Based on the “Myth of Average”, how do you know view the average student?

Psychology Today interview with Todd Rose Link (Links to an external site.)

Posts to the forum must adhere to the Discussion Board Rubric for the course.

Submission Instructions:

The Discussion Board is intended to foster a dynamic, flowing discussion that stems from students’ engagement with course materials, one another, and faculty.  Students are expected to ground their ideas and responses to one another in the course materials, in their own experience, and in additional outside references.

Be sure to use and cite from two professional journal readings AND one assigned textbook reading in your initial post.  Conform to APA guidelines (Links to an external site.) as you write your response and create your source citations.  Be sure to also follow APA guidelines for your in-text citations.  (One of your professional journal readings should be from the module’s assigned readings; the second reading may come from either the assigned readings or your own research.)

Your initial post should be 300-350 words each.

Peer Responses

For your reply posts, cite (Using APA format) from module required readings or enrichment materials, and relate your comments to your own experience or opinion.  When you write your responses to two peers, both questions can be answered in the same paragraph(s).   Peer reply posts must be at least 150 – 200 words each.

Your may respond in any of the following ways:

  • Ask a question.
  • Share an insight.
  • Offer an opinion.
  • Make a suggestion.
  • Note a similarity or difference to your posting.

Return to the Discussion forum and read responses given to you by other students. Reflect upon what you learned and/or any insights you gained. Be sure to respond to any follow up questions from classmates.

(Please note you must submit your initial post before you will be able to see any classmates’ posts.)  

Submission Deadline: Please post your initial response by 23:59 CST Wednesday of Week 7, and comment on the posts of a classmate by 23:59 CST Sunday.



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