No Series: Setting and Achieving High Expectations

Setting and Achieving High Expectations

Lesson Objective: Establish clear and consistent expectations on the first day of school
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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. How does Dr. Johnson model expectations on the very first day of school?
  2. Why is consistency important in supporting students as they meet high expectations?
  3. Why is building relationships an important part of classroom management?

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  • Private message to Joann Miller

1. Dr Johnson models expectation on the first day of school by ringing the bell to get students attention.  They know to stop what they are doing and listen to Dr Johnson for instructions.  

2. It is important to establish consistency of the first day of school so they know what is expected of them going forward. It is good to set sthe tandard from the first day and to be consistent.  

3. It is importatnt to build relationships with all the students so you can better prepare your lessons and know what teaching method will work best.  

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  • Private message to Erica Molina

1. Dr. Johnson expects her students to be busy during her class and models this by teaching her students that even she is busy doing something (taking attendance) the student will continue working.  The bell also tells the students that Dr. Johnson expects to get their attention when she rings that bell.

2. Conistency is important all across, including in the classroom setting.  By showing her students that expectations are expected on a constant basis. 

3. Relationships are important because this will help the teacher take advantage of classroom time.  The teacher's relationship with the student will help the teacher be prepared and organized with material that she knows her students will response to. 

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  • Private message to Trixie Armstrong

Great examples of class management: listening to bell, raising hand, etc...needs to start 1st day, learning the students & knowing how they will respond requires rapport & effort, importance of being prepared--remain calm--feel confident...and content will come. Relationship is a key in making learning meaningful, preparing jokes/examples...based on class dynamic & what they typically understand/relate to. Dr. Johnson provides repetition and modeling of class management strategies on the first day (giving explanations, modeling raising hand, modeling use of bell, etc). Consistency from adults is a crucial aspect of classroom management as you are establishing trust and clear expectations. Attitude of the students is reflected by leadership of adults. Building relationships is very important because when students feel valued , it gives each student a sense of belonging and shows them that the teacher takes extra effort to see them as individuals.

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  • Private message to Regina Jefferson
  1. How does Dr. Johnson model expectations on the very first day of school?

Dr. Johnson set expectations on the first day of school by setting routines on the first day of school. Dr. Johnson implemented the ringing of a bell to get students attention. 

  1. Why is consistency important in supporting students as they meet high expectations?

Consistency is important forms the basis of what is expected thoughout the year. 

  1. Why is building relationships an important part of classroom management?

Relationships help to plan the lesson and helps the teacher with getting to know the students. 

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  • Private message to Lauren Mullens

 1. Dr. Johnson will do things that she will do regularly through the school year on the first day to help students understand what to expect.

 2. Children thrive on routine. When you have consistent expectations set in your classroom, it allows for the students to accept a level of responsibility regarding the class "flow" which helps to make your class run smoother.

 3. Relationships are important because it helps both you and the students understand what will help your classroom be the best that it can be. It also adds a level of personalization to your classroom that the kids may feel more comfortable in.

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Transcripts

  • Interviewer: [Music] Good afternoon, everybody.

    Interviewee: Good afternoon, Dr. Johnson.

    Interviewer: I think classroom management is probably one of the biggest pieces of

    Interviewer: [Music] Good afternoon, everybody.

    Interviewee: Good afternoon, Dr. Johnson.

    Interviewer: I think classroom management is probably one of the biggest pieces of teaching. If I manage my classroom well, I have it organized well, I’m prepared, the content, that part comes fairly easily.

    How many of you use the Internet at home? Wow.

    The classroom management starts, for me, on the first day of school. Anything that’s going to be a routine for the kids, we start it on the first day. If I expect them to stop what they’re doing and listen to me in response to hearing a bell [rings bell], that starts on the first day. If I expect them to be able to come in the classroom first thing and sit down and do bell work, to do an activity while I take attendance, that starts on the first day.

    I wanna go through a few key words that you’re probably gonna hear me repeat.

    We also spend time that first day, that first week, getting to know each other, me getting to know them and them getting to know me, because part of classroom management is also the relationships that I’ve formed with my students. Those relationships then help me plan lessons just for them. What do I know they will be engaged with? What are they gonna be interested in? It helps me prepare the right joke, or have the best example, because I know them and I know what they’ll respond to.

    Interviewer: Everybody, hold up your color.

    Interviewee: Double red. [Crosstalk 01:33] [Laughter] [Music]

    [End of Video 01:41]

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Rancho Milpitas Middle School
1915 Yellowstone Avenue
Milpitas CA 95035
Population: 721

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