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Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Lifting Expectations

It's that time of year where you feel like it's time to lift expectations, expectations for the students and expectations for your teaching.

What signals this change?

Students seem to call for this rise with their behavior, comments, and pushback--they signal it's time to create more challenge.

What does that look like?

In a sense it's a bit of tightening up the ship with the following actions:
  • Greater clarity with assignments.
  • Greater expectations for students to access study aids, online websites, and questioning to lead their effort.
  • Greater stamina and stick-to-it-ness as well as greater ability to struggle on their own to complete a task.
  • More feedback.
  • System review and consistency.
  • Putting more students in charge of classroom initiatives and events.
This is a good response to the mid-winter angst that occurs. Let's dig in and make some good progress before the sunny warm months of spring, a time when we'll end as we started with a large number of hands-on investigations and creative projects.