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Education expert Robert Marzano advises teachers to mentally review each of their students to see whom they have low versus high expectations for. When he did the exercise himself, Marzano remarks his surprise at his own behavior toward students.
He urges teachers to set a positive tone for each student, communicating that he or she is a bright person with whom the teacher will work to master the learning.
Try this: After taking a mental inventory of your own students and honestly categorizing your level of expectation for each, make an effort to note how you treat each student in the classroom. If your expectations seem to fall short for some students, consider how you can use some of the strategies explained in the video to convey to them your confidence and high expectations.
Source: From The Art and Science of Teaching: Program 2, Effective Classroom Management , 2008, Alexandria, VA: ASCD.
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