Hello #TeachPos friends! Long-time out between family obligations and crazy holidays! 😃 My name is Anthony Meals from the gorgeous Flint Hills of Kansas and I am serving as the 8-12 Ag Educator at Blue Valley High School along with being a full-time bus driver! 🚍 @D4Griffin3
#teachpos - A1 - High expectations looks like a high expectation for LEARNING, not just for compliance. That means that the students are actively engaged in the material and focused on deeper learning, not just the teacher delivering all of the material.
A1: Putting students in charge of their learning. Sure, I give them the basics, but when rubber meets the road, I want them doing the heavy lifting and critical thinking! I hope that I am doing that! #teachpos
A1: High expectations look like students viewing a rubric as a place to begin rather than a place to end... they look like kids pushing themselves to do better than yesterday... intrinsic, self-accountable... #teachpos
~engaged, hardworking Ss
~learning experiences that are student centered where they are doing the heavy lifting
~teacher is guiding according to the diverse needs of the learners
~definitely laughter & very Loud & proud Ss 😊
A1: High expectations look like giving permission to fail. I'd rather see students aim towards a lofty, needle-moving goal; rather than simply an easily attainable one. I'm not afraid to model this, but we do process the learning experience and find ways to grow! #TeachPos
A1: High-expectations are based on relationships. These relationships help build scaffolds in time and not in case. Relational trust earns the teacher the right to demand engagement. All students engage in relevant problem solving and productive struggle. #teachpos
A1: A shift in responsibility from the teacher onto the Ss. They must take ownership of their learning. They must struggle, they must learn, and they must grow. I will help, but I can't do it for them! #teachpos
A1: It doesn’t look like a lesson as much as it FEELS like a non-negotiable part of a school culture: like the moment a T slips & says, they won’t be able to do this: that T changes that fixed mindset into growth&then says Um, only one way 2find out! & BAM! High expts! #teachpos
#teachpos A1. High expectations are when I challenge the Ss to a certain level and they challenge me back by working towards it....and it's not only one student...it'll be the whole group.High expectations also is when I don't take , "I don't know for an answer."& My Ss know that
A2: Make the classroom engaging, and well - to be honest - make it entertaining. Use #tlap hooks to pull those students in. Constantly monitor their feedback based on body language & make changes based on that. #teachpos
A1: In our program, we stress to our kids that EXCELLENCE is our standard, in all that we do: in the community, in the classroom, and on the stage. Anytime things are askew, we can ask them, "What's the standard?" #teachpos
A1: I have high expectations especially when it comes to work ethic. I don't want perfection, I want the Ss to put forth their best effort. I encourage them, conference with them and talk to them about how they can grow #TeachPos
A2: I will continuously invite Ss to join in our discussions, our reading and annotating and our writing. These are not one off things. They are what we do every class. But it is their decision. I will give them the tools, but they have to use them! #Teachpos
OHHH! Digging this idea about keeping high expectations for ourselves. Students feed off our energy and our own sense of self-worth. We must be healthy models of self-love and desire for continual growth/improvement. Hit the nail on the head here! #teachpos
A2: Endeavor to reach them. Make a connection. Find their greatness it comes in unexpected places. And believe. Believe without a doubt that they can do it! And then support them at every step of the way. #teachpos
#teachpos - Focus on engaging them in any way possible. They probably have 15 other adults in their life giving them a hard time all of the time. Flip the script on them and kill them with kindness, engagement, and maybe give them a break once in a while for not being perfect.
#teachpos A2. There are certain class room essential agreements that we set at the beginning of the year and revisit through reflective introspection....so the set goals SMART. every child sets their own as per their interest, ability and capability....
~full disclosure... these are my favorite kinds of Ss😊❤️😊💕
~speak to them using as much positivity as possible~our #room44pride rule is we must use words that fall into 3 groups ... praise
Encourage ... if they don’t, we don’t use them ~ no exceptions
A2: A "no limit experience" can only take place once a relationship of trust has been created. Students need to feel comfortable and encouraged to take risks, try new things, and not give up when things don't work out as planned. #teachpos
A2: As mentioned by people tonight, student choice is helpful. I go over my own expectations but then end with reminding students that any other ideas and feelings of said assignment can be discussed privately to offer more options & hope to pull-in those "other kids" #teachpos
YES! Believing in kids matters. They MUST know we believe in them! Just read Rabbit: The Autobio of Ms. Pat. The message? When someone believes in you, it can be MAGIC! #teachposhttps://t.co/e0OElOqzL0
A2. Continued modeling and showing students examples of overcoming adversity. Let them know you expect their very best. Provide multiple opportunities to demonstrate understanding even if it means redoing something or retaking something. It’s in your culture. #teachpos
It’s all about access. Nobody rises to low expectations. A student may need a form of academic support, but that shouldn’t come at the expense of exposure to critical thinking and discourse. All of this comes from knowing our students, loving them and encouraging them. #teachpos
A2: When Ss approach about doing a project that will be difficult and challenging, I never say..ummm..let's reconsider, you don't know enough or won't be able to do this.
Rather I ask:
"How can I help?"
"What do you need for success?"
"What do you need to learn?"
A@ #teachpos So often those hard to reach kids have had a lot of failure. So, I purposefully make a ton of mistakes the first weeks with them. Misspell on the board, call a girl named "Liz" "Frank" I make so many goof ups and laugh about it that they learn they can too!
A3: A positive classroom keeps everyone in a better mindset. Positivity makes us feel like we can do anything and builds confidence. There's no room to be a Negative Nancy in an environment where all are expected to achieve their own success. #teachpos
Love the idea. And I don’t buy that students won’t try if there is no grade. Many will be relieved and will continue to push through the struggle rather than quit. I prefer the feedback rather than my score. So would a kid. #teachpos
#teachpos - A3 - No one wants to work hard for someone they don't respect and like being around. Even adults don't want to work for a negative boss. Be the teacher that you would want to work hard for.
A2: Create a “no limits” classroom by inspiring hard to reach kids (& all kids for that matter)—by simply telling them—“I believe in you.” Sometimes that’s all kids really need to hear to believe in themselves and that they can do something they thought impossible. ♥️
A3. Positive classrooms have a positive culture and climate. You pick each other up when someone falls, you aren’t afraid to take risks in front of each other and you can feed of off the teams positive energy. Culture trumps strategy. #teachpos
A3: Just as negativity is contagious, so is positivity. Ss thrive in positive environments where their voice matters, where they're spoken to respectfully, and where their voices has listening ears. The rest is gravy #teachpos
A3: Growth happens when students break out of their comfort zones. This is ONLY possible in safe, nurturing, and positive classrooms; where they know that risks will be supported and they can try something new/different! #TeachPos
A3: If kids know you love them and they believe that you know they can and should learn at high levels, and your actions are consistent with vision, they will do whatever it takes to make learning happen. #teachpos
A2 When kids see that their thoughts and ideas are valued, listened to, AND acted upon, they begin investing much more in their environments. Kids' ideas are often just the thing to invigorate tired subjects & transform typical routines! #Teachpos
~cuts down on absenteeism b/c Ss love being in school in an environment that is loving, challenging, inclusive, mistakes seen as opportunities to grow ...
~Ss working for the betterment of themselves & others
~they will rise if you ❤️❤️❤️❤️them
#teachpos - Great chat, AS ALWAYS!
Please join me over at #edChatRI here in a few minutes at 8pm EST. Continue this conversation about high expectations as we talk about creating relevant learning experiences for our students.
A3: Positivity promotes progress. In that type of environment, people feel safe and appreciated. There is nothing that they won't do for you. It's ceases to be a "gotcha" environment where you are searching for failures. #teachpos
#teachpos A3. First of all , creating that positive classroom takes time &effort ...then the standards are set and the SS begin to ease out ...then they love the classes & the classroom, then comes in the ownership & that's when the smooth ride of confidence & willingness starts
As a parent , when I got my child’s report card I looked for the comments first. Then hownwell they met the standards. The specific comments though I like. That’s the feedback that I want to see. Tell me about my child. What do you notice. #teachpos
A3: Ss react to what they see and to what is modeled for them, if they are surrounded by positivity they will begin to thrive in it. It will become part of their everyday thoughts and actions. #teachpos
Bonus Answer- The real answer to this is my students. They have this need to take care of me and sit with me while we have "real" discussion about what we can do to become our best...and then even better. #teachpos
BQ: My mentor and friend Ms. Kane always is equipped with a great read or article that always seems to find me at the right time! Always appreciate her support for me as an educator and facilitator of learning! #TeachPos