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Wednesday, March 07, 2012 4:27:07 PM
joannabeard
Joined on 17 January, 2011
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Chapters 5 & 6

Post an answer to the questions below and reply to one other post.


According to the text what is the key to high expectations?  Why do you think this is true?

Who is the variable in the classroom?  How well do you think educators as a whole accept this variable as truth?
Friday, April 13, 2012 10:43:00 AM
wendyhagan
Joined on 17 January, 2011
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Re: Chapters 5 & 6

The key to high expectations is setting the bar high for yourself as an educator.  How in the world can you expect great things from your students if you aren't willing to go above and beyond? 
The variable in the classroom is the teacher.  I believe it is difficult for teachers to take the blame if students do poorly in their class.  However, if everyone is doing poorly, that should make the teacher sit back and figure out what's going on.  They shouldn't just automatically assume that every student in the class has a learning disability.  They also shouldn't blame every students' performance on the one student with behavior issues. I believe it is very difficult for some, if not most, teachers to place blame on their self based on their own performance as an educator.  It is so much easier to say, "they just don't care....they can't pay attention to me because he/she is a constant distraction, etc..."
Friday, April 13, 2012 11:24:13 AM
debbierawls
Joined on 17 January, 2011
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Re: Re: Chapters 5 & 6

I agree that focusing on the solution is more productive than focusing on the problem.  
Monday, May 07, 2012 1:12:07 PM
dmcintosh
Joined on 17 January, 2011
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Re: Re: Re: Chapters 5 & 6

I definitely agree.  Focusing on the problems will get us no where.
Friday, April 13, 2012 11:17:04 AM
debbierawls
Joined on 17 January, 2011
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Re: Chapters 5 & 6 (1)

According to the text, the key to high expectations is what teachers expect of themselves. I think this is true, as the author stated, due to the fact that what can be controlled by anyone is their own behavior and reponses.  Reacting is never as powerful and effective as acting.

The teacher is the variable in the classroom.  It is definitely a fresh way of looking at the situation. It is an empowering approach to classroom management.  I can only speak for myself, but,  I believe this is true based on teachers that taught me during elementary, secondary, and college years.  Some teachers made learning a joy while others brought no passion nor memorable learning experience.

Monday, April 16, 2012 11:08:46 AM
wendyhagan
Joined on 17 January, 2011
14 Posts
Re: Re: Chapters 5 & 6 (1)

I agree. I believe everyone has one or more teachers that made a serious impact on them.  They are the teachers you never, ever forget.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 10:43:25 AM
kmilligan
Joined on 17 January, 2011
16 Posts
Re: Re: Chapters 5 & 6 (1) (1)

This is true the text says it the best.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 10:51:23 AM
kmilligan
Joined on 17 January, 2011
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Re: Re: Chapters 5 & 6 (1) (2)

I agree.....the teachers that made the difference in my life were the ones that loved what they did. They also made me believe in myself.
Thursday, May 10, 2012 10:41:59 AM
mdrurey
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: Re: Chapters 5 & 6 (1) (3)

So true, I can look back and remember all the teachers that were great...sadly there are some that I can't remember at all.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 10:42:08 AM
kmilligan
Joined on 17 January, 2011
16 Posts
Re: Chapters 5 & 6 (2)

The key to high expectations is the tteacher, the teacher should set high expectations for themselves.
The variable is the teacher too often poor performance is blamed on the student or parent and the teacher avoids responsabil.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 10:48:31 AM
kmilligan
Joined on 17 January, 2011
16 Posts
Re: Chapters 5 & 6 (3)

The key to high expectations is to set them for yourself even higher than the ones you have for the students. By doing this, you increase your effectiveness in the classroom.

The teacher is the main variable in the classroom. If the entire class fails a test....the teacher is the variable.....this is hard for many teachers to accept though.
Monday, May 07, 2012 1:08:26 PM
dmcintosh
Joined on 17 January, 2011
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Re: Chapters 5 & 6 (4)

The key to high expectations is to not only have high expectations for your students, but to have even higher expectations for yourself.  Teachers have to work very hard to keep the student's attention and constantly engaged.  Therefore, the teacher is the main variable in the classroom.  When things do not go as planned, a good teacher will ask "What can I do differently next time" instead of playing the blame game.  I think that most of the seasoned teachers have realized this truth.
Thursday, May 10, 2012 10:44:30 AM
mdrurey
Joined on 17 January, 2011
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Re: Chapters 5 & 6 (5)

The key to high expectations according to the text is what teachers expect from themselves.  I think this is very true. Teachers with high expectations of themselves work hard to keep students engaged.  
The variable in the classroom is the teacher.  I thinks most teachers don't accept this as truth.  It is easier to blame the students than themselves.