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Positive Expectations
Positive Expectations
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    • 1. Positive Expectations Mark Benthall 2007
    • 2. Positive Expectations <ul><li>Your expectations of your students will greatly affect their achievement in your class… and beyond! </li></ul><ul><li>EXPECT THEM TO SUCCEED!!! </li></ul>
    • 3. Positive and Negative Expectations <ul><li>Knowing what you can or cannot achieve is called an expectation. </li></ul><ul><li>An expectation is what you believe will or will not happen. </li></ul><ul><li>Do you expect this presentation to be boring? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you expect to get useful information from it? </li></ul>
    • 4. <ul><li>Expectations tend to fall into two categories: </li></ul><ul><li>Positive Expectations and Negative Expectations </li></ul>
    • 5. Positive Expectations <ul><li>An optimistic belief that you WILL reach the kids and your teaching will be successful. </li></ul><ul><li>You believe that EVERY child in your room will benefit and grow in knowledge and skills as a result of your teaching. </li></ul>
    • 6. Examples of Positive Expectations <ul><li>“I guarantee you will have a successful year!” </li></ul><ul><li>“I believe EVERY child can learn and will achieve to his or her fullest potential.” </li></ul><ul><li>“I will have a great day today. Many good things will happen.” </li></ul><ul><li>“Each day I get better and better at what I do.” </li></ul>
    • 7. Results of Positive Expectations <ul><li>The odds are greater that what you expect to happen will happen. </li></ul><ul><li>Your time and energy will be spent working for positive things to happen. </li></ul><ul><li>You will be looking for positive things to happen and you will notice them when they occur. </li></ul>
    • 8. Examples of Negative Expectations <ul><li>“These kids don’t want to learn.” </li></ul><ul><li>“These kids are low. They are so far behind, they can’t catch up.” </li></ul><ul><li>“These kids are poor. Most are minorities. Some of them don’t even know English. They can’t be expected to learn as much as rich kids.” </li></ul>
    • 9. Results of Negative Expectations <ul><li>Once again, what you expect to happen will probably happen. </li></ul><ul><li>You expect NOTHING to happen so nothing will happen. </li></ul><ul><li>You set yourself up for failure and you feel your teaching is all a waste of time… so you don’t put your HEART into it. </li></ul>
    • 10. Always Remember… <ul><li>There is absolutely no research correlation between success and family background, race, national origin, financial status, or even educational accomplishments. </li></ul><ul><li>The #1 factor in success is ATTITUDE!!! </li></ul>
    • 11. Positive Expectations <ul><li>You will be in that classroom each day… why NOT have positive expectations. </li></ul><ul><li>YOU determine whether you are teaching for success or just going through the motions, waiting for eventual failure. </li></ul><ul><li>Have the right ATTITUDE!!! </li></ul>
    • 12. Things Teachers Say to Kids <ul><li>“You are dumb.” </li></ul><ul><li>“You are stupid.” </li></ul><ul><li>“Teaching you is a waste of time.” </li></ul><ul><li>“You will never amount to anything.” </li></ul><ul><li>“You are ruining my class.” </li></ul><ul><li>DO YOU THINK TEACHERS SAY THESE THINGS OUTLOUD? </li></ul>
    • 13. Your mind conveys as much as your mouth. <ul><li>TEACHERS SAY THESE THINGS TO KIDS WHEN THEY THINK THESE THINGS!!! </li></ul><ul><li>If you think bad things about kids they WILL pick up on it and live up to your negative expectations! </li></ul>
    • 14. Realistic Expectations <ul><li>The KEY to having realistic expectations is simply to give yourself enough time. </li></ul><ul><li>The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single call to a travel agent. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s all about the pacing. </li></ul>
    • 15. Teachers and Body Builders Have a Lot in Common
    • 16. Teachers and Body Builders Have a Lot in Common <ul><li>Little by little… </li></ul><ul><li>Step by step… </li></ul><ul><li>Day by day… </li></ul><ul><li>You won’t see dramatic change overnight, but hang in there and the results WILL happen. </li></ul><ul><li>The important thing is to NEVER give up! </li></ul>
    • 17. One last tip… <ul><li>AVOID NEGATIVE PEOPLE LIKE THE PLAGUE… THEY ARE CONTAGIOUS!!! </li></ul>

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