Sometimes a few words say more…


If we are reluctant to consider ourselves as potential tipping point providers, we might heed the words of Martha Graham:

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.

Imagine a school full of teachers who have a “vitality, a life force, a quickening,” who view themselves as tipping-point contributors. How would they interrelate? What would be happening in their classrooms? How would students feel? What would they be learning? Perhaps the intention to become a tipping-point provider is actually enough to become a tipping point!


Can you see yourself as a tipping-point provider? How might you get there? Why would you? Who would benefit?

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For more on this crucial issue see Chapter 16 “Leverage Tipping Points” in Teaching from the Middle of the Room: Inviting Students to Learn from Amazon: