High Expectations and Growth Mindset
Contrary to popular belief, high achievement isn’t only a byproduct of talent and ability. Other factors, such as our internal beliefs about our skills and abilities can also fuel our success. This is also true of our students. Therefore, it is important that we, as educators, encourage and foster this type of growth mindset in our schools and classrooms. One way in which educators can achieve this is through the setting and maintaining of high expectations for ALL students. These expectations are communicated to students not only through our content related interactions with them, but also through our body language. In her article, ” Do We Really Have High Expectations for All,” Barbara Blackburn suggests that students are very aware of how educators translate their expectations into actions. Therefore, in order for our students to truly have a growth mindset and believe that they are able, then we must treat all students the same when it comes to our expectations and translate these high expectations into action. You may be wondering what this may look like in the classroom. The chart below highlights both body language and content interactions that translate high expectations and serves as a great resource for self evaluation.