June 18, 2020

High Expectations and Students’ Outcomes

“I believe in your potential.”

“You have a bright future ahead of you.”

“You’re smart and talented. You can do this.”

But more than these verbal compliments, students are more receptive with the teacher’s actions. How often they nod or smile to students reveals their expectations from them. Put simply, teacher’s expectations tend to align with student outcomes. Positive eye contact with students is another way of communicating one’s expectations.

Research studies suggest that if a teacher expresses belief to a student’s potential, that student will more likely perform well. Expectation is, in a way, contagious. If a teacher believes on a student, the student would feel confident as well. It would be beneficial to both if to avoid derogatory comments and establish a culture of healthy competition and success in the classrooms.

Remember, “Students can always do more than you expect of them.” (Don’t Change the Light Bulb, Tomsett, 2014) So whatever classroom setup or edtech app you use, make sure to communicate well these high expectations and see for yourself how it will affect your learners’ performance.