I was listening to two teachers talking in a workroom a few weeks ago. One commented, "Now that I've met his parents, I understand why he's the way he is!" That may sound funny, and it may remind you of the old saying, "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.", but it reinforces low expectations of students. It's one of those comments that, subconsciously, means that we don't think a student can live up to high expectations. A friend of mine remembered a comment she heard in a workshop: "Your
DNA doesn't determine your destiny." Isn't that powerful? How do you view your students today? Do you need to shift your expectations of any student?