#033: How Our Expectations in the Classroom Have the Power to Impact Our Students' Success

effective teaching Jan 15, 2021
It's great to say we have high expectations for ALL students but… how will you get them there? 


Let’s revisit the topic of student success from the expectations side of the equation. WHAT we teach and having high expectations are definitely a big part of student success but if that's all there was to it, most students would already be successful. But as every teacher knows, teaching and student success are not that simple. 

High expectations requires high levels of support. Sounds great but what’s that like in reality?  Does it really work? Remember, every year I'm committed to getting all my students, regardless of background, language knowledge, socio economic level, etc., to read and write at or above grade level by the end of the year. I'm no stranger to high expectations. I absolutely believe in the power of high expectations. However, there's more to high expectations and student success than meets the eye.

There's actually a couple of parts to student success. Part of this is HOW/WHAT you teach, part of it is the EXPECTATIONS that you set with your words and tone in your classroom and the last part is the EXPECTATIONS you set about specific students [even unconsciously] in your head by how you think about and speak about your students outside of class. Today, I'm sharing what I know about the expectations part of the student success equation.

Listen in.

In this episode, find out:
  • How your thoughts and words about your students and their families outside of class can affect your students' success.
  • How planning and rehearsing your words can help support your students in reading your high expectations.
  • Why you need to create a plan for scaffolding and including/enhancing background knowledge and new content learning in oder for student to reach those expectations.

Teach joyfully,

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You can listen to this episode here.

A few resources to help you get started:

Power Phrase Worksheet: Plan your words and speak with intention.

Atomic Habits by James Clear The ULTIMATE guide to successfully creating habits [of mind and actions] that stick.

Links to other episodes you might like:

#006 The Power of Words: Speaking with Intention

#014: How Teaching Students to Emotionally Regulate Can Transform Your Classroom Management

#015: How to Have the Right Words at the Right Time for Better Classroom Management

#030: How to Teach Sight Words in 10 Minutes a Day [or less]

Here's links to some resources to support you:


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