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).

Monday, August 24, 2015

Two New Resources for #Teachers and a Bonus One for Principals

In July, Middleweb published an article I wrote, Do We Really Have High Expectations? which discusses how expectations are reflected in our actions.    

Do you have high expectations for your students? I’ve never met a teacher who said, “I have low expectations for my students.” The challenge is that we sometimes have hidden low expectations of certain students.  One year, early in my teaching career, several teachers “warned” me about Daniel, a new student in my room. During class, he certainly lived up to (really down to) the teachers’ comments. Despite my efforts, my expectations for him became lower, with the words “They warned me” echoing in the back of my mind.

In August, Teachers.Net followed up with an article on Building a Relationship with Your Students.

Building a relationship with your students is the most important action you can take to ensure a good year that will help your students learn. There are three specific ways to build a relationship with your students.
1. Be Open About Yourself
2. Learn About Your Students
3. Create a Safe Climate 

Finally, in August, Middleweb published an article I co-wrote with Dr. Ron Williamson:  Creating a Vision for the School Year.  It's filled with suggestions for principals, so be sure to share! 

I hope you enjoy all of them and be sure to share the Vision article with your principal!!!!

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