It all boils down to self belief. If we believe we can do it then we try and try again. But if we don't believe we can do it then we are more likely to give up.
As Educators the expectation we hold of students is are shown to them in everything we do. They things we say and that we don't say. The things we do and don't do.
The way we teach and the activities we give student show our expectations.
If we think about this in terms of our teaching, having high expectation of all learners builds students self-efficacy and belief in themselves. High expectation teacher hold the whole class accountable, they do not just hold extension students accountable. By having high expectation teachers push students to make significant gains and students self belief also grows when they are with a high expectation teacher.
So what do high expectation teachers do?
-They spend a lot of time teaching
-Ask lots of questions, high level questions of all learners.
-They support students to get the the answer by rephrasing or scaffolding.
-They give specific goal based feedback
-Behaviour management, they used setting up statements. "I am looking for the group who are working quietly"
- One thing that stands out of me was that high expectation teachers did not use ability groups they used flexible groups or mixed ability grouping.
- These teachers used data to support students to formulate goals. That are specific to students needs.
- They have a warm classroom culture where students and teachers have positive relationships. They also have positive relationships between students.
- Learners had a lot of choose within their learning pathways and they taught using a range of books on a topic and allow students to choose.
Rubie-Davies top three things that high expectation teachers have were flexible groupings, establishing a positive classroom culture and goal setting.
- Can I use more flexible groups specifically in literacy to support student growth.
- How can I use more goal setting based on testing and allow for checking and changing of goals.
- I have noticed that students in my classes are becoming more aware of their evaluating themselves.
- Can I send more positive notes home.