How to set up high expectations for your learners

Having high expectations means believing that pupils should try to do their best at all times. It’s not about being a tyrant or a micromanager when it comes to raising expectations. It’s the absolute opposite. Students will work hard whether or not you are observing them if you set high expectations for them. The goal is to foster a culture of hard effort and self-confidence in the classroom.

Teach About Growth Mindsets

Growth mindset must be accompanied by adequate teacher scaffolding. Teachers should also demonstrate to students that there is a plausible road to achievement so that they are aware of their next steps at all times.

Focus On Effort, Not Excellence

Even if a pupil fails or performs just mediocrely, their effort may have been a significant personal achievement for that youngster. So distinguish between effort and quality.

Ask Students To Try Again

Take a stand if a student has been irresponsible or has put in less effort than you would expect. Demand that they only deliver their finest work to you.

Express Unconditional Positive Regard

Say things like “I had hoped for more from you. You’ll be able to perform better tomorrow.”
“I’m aware that you’re a well-behaved student. I’m counting on you to keep up the wonderful work I know you’re capable of.”

Provide Difficult But Achievable Tasks

You are instilling a culture of hard effort in your classroom by continually offering demanding but feasible tasks.

Give Detailed Feedback

A detailed response would teach students why something is ‘excellent’ or why it requires more ‘depth.’

Show Your Expectations With Examples

Educators should not merely demonstrate how to complete a task. Instead, demonstrate to your students what the desired objectives should be.

Be Consistent

If you anticipate excellence one day but ignore poor behaviour or low-quality work the next, the culture you’re aiming to establish will not be realised.

Be A Role Model

Showing pupils photographs of you working toward personal objectives, such as getting in shape to run a marathon; showing kids that failure is a part of life, but it isn’t a cause to give up.

Only Praise Behaviors That Are Praise-Worthy

Make sure your praise is proportional to the accomplishment. This ensures that praise maintains its potent impact. It will also motivate students to strive harder in order to receive real appreciation as a reward.

Ask Open-Ended Questions

Students will be more attentive to you when you’re teaching and on guard to come up with responses if they’re called upon if they understand that you’ll ask probing, provoking questions.

Stop Using Gimmicky Rewards As Incentives

Instead of extrinsic motivation, an alternative to gimmicky prizes may be a reward of free choice over the next project a student can focus on.

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