Are high expectations important? Educators who hold high expectations of their learners support their self-efficacy and belief. Whilst pushing their students to engage with challenging material, they are not only supporting higher achievement outcomes, but they are demonstrating their belief in their learners, which in turn supports the students belief in themselves.
Traits of high expectations teachers
- High expectation teachers tend to use flexible or mixed ability grouping as opposed to ability grouping. This illustrated their expectation for the students to develop their ability throughout the year.
- They set clear goals with their students and provided them feedback to support them to meet these goals.
- They cultivated a class community where the students support each other.
- Their learners have choices regarding their learning learning and take responsibility for their learning.
Rubie-Davies identifies the top three traits as being flexible grouping, establishing a positive class climate and goal setting.
- Keep flexible grouping and changing the groups within my class
- Send notes home or call home when students have performed really well
- Continue to set goals with learners and provide feedback based on these goals (this has been a focus over the past month and it has been going very well).
- Keep checking that the students have a clear understanding of the learning intention and success criteria
- Encourage the students to evaluate their progress based on their own goals.