Thursday, March 21, 2013

Subtle (and not so subtle) Ways to Convey High Expectations to your Students

·         Give students the opportunity to correct and improve their work whenever possible
·         Don’t just watch students jump over the same bar, raise it and tell them you will be there when they get over it
·         Develop a fearless attitude towards learning
·         Create class norms and revisit them often
·         Utilize wait time. By giving students a chance to think about and answer questions they will begin to rely less on you and more on themselves
·         Be transparent and clear about your expectations
·         Practice what you preach.  When students recognize that you have set high expectations for yourself they will be more likely to do the same
·         Limit interruptions when students are working productively and hold them accountable for completing their assignments
·         E.M. Foster wrote, "Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon". Don’t give students the answer, give them the tools to find it themselves
·         Recognize and celebrate learning  growth along the way, but don’t allow students to rest on their laurels, they need you to point out the next hurdle 

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