Rigor is creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels,
each student is supported so he or she can learn at high levels,
and each student demonstrates learning at high levels (Blackburn, 2008).

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

High Expectations for Students

On March 2, I'll be presenting at the NASSP conference in Washington, DC.  On February 6, I'll also be doing a webinar for them on Rigor and the Common Core State Standards.  Prior to the conference, I'll be blogging for them regularly. Here's the first one:

Our expectations for students begin with our beliefs that each can succeed.  Often, we say that we have high expectations for every student, but subconsciously, that may not be true.  I overheard a teacher comment to a new teacher, “I had that student last year. She was always in trouble.”  Despite his best efforts, the new teacher subconsciously lowered his expectations for that student.   It’s critical to move beyond our words to truly believing that each student in our classrooms can and will succeed.
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