TASK 601.5.5-02, 5.6-05
Western Governors University
June 18, 2012
A teacher’s expectations can greatly impact how well a student does in a classroom. If a teacher demonstrates expectations in rational and positive manner, the student is more likely to excel in the classroom. However, if a teacher has a negative outlook and does not let the students know exactly what is expected, the classroom will not run as smooth and the students’ grades might be poor. There are many expectations that would positively influence student achievement. The five that will be covered in this paper are arriving on time and prepared, positive communication with classmates and the teacher, ...view middle of the document...
A student who communicates positively will help provide a more productive working environment for all of those around him. This will also eliminate common elements that are so prominent in schools today such as bullying and teasing. An expectation of positive communication will show the students that although everyone has an opinion, we must not voice ourselves out of ridicule.
This expectation will positively influence student academic achievement by giving the students comfort in their own classroom. Knowing that they will not be teased or bullied will help students go forth with an answer they may have otherwise been embarrassed to say. This will spark creativity between the students because there will not be any “dumb ideas” within the classroom.
A reading log is a very important expectation for a fourth grade classroom. Reading is an invaluable skill and a love of reading is one of the most important gifts a teacher or parent can give to a child. In my classroom, I will impose a minimum of 20 minutes for reading each night. Giving the students an opportunity to pick their reading material will keep their interests up so it will not feel like a chore. The students will then hand in their reading logs, which will be signed by parents, at the end of each week and we will have a class discussion on the books they have read.
This reading log will not only teach students that reading each night helps them grow academically and emotionally, but the discussion will give other students ideas of books they might have not discovered yet. Expecting students to read for 20 minutes each night could form a habit that they carry with them when they are out of their fourth grade classroom. This positively influences academic achievement...