This one is incredibly powerful for us in our work with staff and also for our teachers in their work with children (and parents!).
As I listened, it seemed right up the Positive Psychology path; cf, the role of Carol Dweck’s interview in the episode.
It's a reminder of the power of our own expectations in our daily work with people around us. It also has a not-so-subtle connection to our work as Montessori teachers when we maintain high (developmentally appropriate?) expectations and the role of those expectations as a part of the environments in which children are raised.
There’s also a fun Batman theme.
Listen now: This American Life #544 - Batman
From the episode:
Can other people's expectations of you alter what you can do physically? Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller of NPR's new radio show and podcast Invisibilia investigate that question – specifically, they look into something that sounds impossible: if people’s expectations can change whether a blind man can see.