[Effective Teachers] Why Positive Expectations are Important

We previously discussed that one of the characteristics of an effective teacher is the belief in the student, and that the student can learn.

This is known as  Positive Expectations. And here is why it matters.

There are two kinds of expectations:

  • Positive (high)
  • Negative (low)

Two examples of Positive or High Expectations are:

  • “I believe every child can learn”
  • “I am a good teacher”

Two examples of Negative or Low Expectations are:

  • “These kids just don’t want to learn”
  • “These kids can’t behave”

Expectations and Standards Are Not The Same

  • Standards are achievement levels
  • Expectations help students reach those standards

In 1968 Robert Rosenthal and Lenore Jacobson designed and conducted a research study on the teacher expectations. The study, titled Pygmalion in the Classroom (ERIC Full Text), showed that negative expectations keep students from reaching high standards. This, is why expectations are important.

Get out your Teach the Teacher Journal (a spiral notebook).
–List 3 expectations you have that are negative
–List 3 expectations you have that are positive

Up Next inshaAllah, Positive Expectations: How to Help All Students Succeed
Previously, Characteristics of an Effective Teacher

Wong, Harry. The First Days of School. 2001.


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