No Series: Classroom Expectations

Classroom Expectations

Lesson Objective: Communicate and reinforce expectations
Pre-K / All Subjects / Culture


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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. What three expectations does Ms. Hawkins have for her students?
  2. Why is it helpful to use positive descriptive acknowledgement?
  3. How does Ms. Hawkins describe the reasoning behind her expectations?


  • Private message to Beatriz Jaimes

Ms. Hawkins sets the expectacions for her students in a simple and clear way. She posts the rules around the classroom and provides examples to model them. She also reinforces her expectactions when her students are working in small group and congratulates the students that follow them.

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  • Private message to Robyn Helmers

The three expectations Ms. Hawkins has foe her students are: happy and healthy, respectful, and friendly.

Use positive reinforcement to reinforce the expectations you have in the classroom.

These expectations will allow all students to be happy and productive which will lead to a productive classroom and benifit all students.

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  • Private message to Tamara Jones

Has visuals to engage and reach all students. You have to model and use positive reinforcement and the students will immitate that. 

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  • Private message to Kathy Kyser

Ms. Hawkins classroom expectations were visual and placed around the classroom.  This will help the students to remember what is expected in the classroom.  Ms. Hawkins explained that it is good to say what you want them  to do and not what you don't want them to do.  Positive Description Acknowledgement- what you see and reinforces the expectations in the classroom.

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  • Private message to Jessica Senteno

A productive classroom means showing appreciation towards one another and the rules in place. Reminders are a good way to manage an effective classroom.

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  • Classroom Expectations Transcript

    Male Voice 1: I found two yellows.

    Interviewee: Oh, I'm so happy you're helping. I'm very proud of you

    Classroom Expectations Transcript

    Male Voice 1: I found two yellows.

    Interviewee: Oh, I'm so happy you're helping. I'm very proud of you when you help your friends. That's very friendly.

    You see our expectations pictures? I moved them over here.

    The expectations we have in our classroom, we have three expectations. That we're safe and healthy, we are friendly, and we are respectful. We use visuals and put them up and have them represented in the classroom and the kids will talk about them and point to them and go to them. That way, you're not constantly setting limits or talking about rules.

    Let's put these back, honey. We wanna use these things respectfully, right? You just take the things that you need.

    Male Voice 2: I want the circle.

    Interviewee: We always say say what you want children to do, and not what you don't want them to do. Teachers use positive descriptive acknowledgment, which is giving a positive description of what you see that reinforces the expectations you have in the classroom.

    You gonna put the top on? Thank you. That is really respectful, Roman. When you take care of your things, then the next person can use them.

    Female Voice: Guess—

    Interviewee: Oh. Thank you, Jordan. Jordan shares her things. That's very friendly, Jordan. You like to make sure everybody has what they need.

    These are beyond rules. They're ways of being together and having fun together. If we can all meet these expectations together, then we can have a productive classroom. We can all be happy together.

    [End of Audio]


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