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Your Everyday Best: Setting Appropriate Expectations for Children

Recorded: Wednesday, November 3, 2021
1 hr
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About this Session

High expectations for success can contribute greatly to a learning environment in which young children thrive. They communicate a teacher’s belief that every child is a competent and capable learner who can do their personal best. If a teacher is not careful, however, they can unknowingly put too much pressure on children to know and be able to do things beyond their abilities. That pressure can discourage children from trying.

In this hour-long session, teachers and leaders will learn effective strategies for promoting high expectations that are centered on children reaching their individual potential, identifying indicators that there may be too much pressure for children, and encouraging children to stretch in their knowledge and grow in their skills.

Educators attending this session will learn to

  • create high expectations that are realistic and achievable for children,
  • include input from families so expectations are culturally appropriate,
  • communicate expectations to children so they are clear and understandable,
  • differentiate high expectations from high pressure, and
  • role model for children how to focus on doing your personal best.

Learn more about the series below.

Nicol Russell, Ed.D.
Vice President, Implementation Research
Teaching Strategies
Alejandra Albarran
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