Student Contributor: K. Scherbarth
Reviewing expectations is a tool that helps you confirm students know what is expected of them, reminds the students what they should be focusing on, and allows the students to take ownership and responsibly of other own actions. It is simply just reviewing what expectations are before an activity or group work assignment. It helps students be on task during the task and maximize time for student learning.
This tool is the practice of reviewing expectations before an activity, task, or group work. When students review expectations before a task, it allows them to reset and remember what is expected of them. Many times when students are getting off task, they just need a gentle reminder to steer them in the right direction to maximize time for their learning. When this is done beforehand, students don’t waste time getting distracted or off-topic quite nearly as much. I asked students before many different tasks, what they think the expectations are for this time and let them share their ideas. I affirmed the correct ones and made sure they knew what the expectations were. This helped immensely with keeping students talking at a certain volume, reminding students what specifically they were doing, and how they were to communicate.
I chose to place this tool in the preventative phase because you would practice this before a task or activity to prevent misbehavior that would go on during their learning time. This could be seen as possibly supportive because it can be used multiple times throughout the day during instruction but is aimed toward the following task, therefore it falls under more of a preventative phase of management tool. This fits truly for any theory of influence, it just depends on how you use it. For a more student-directed- collaborative teacher, you would review expectations by asking your students what they think the expectations are for a certain task. Allow them to review expectations through participation in the class to share and this way gives them students voice and self-managing qualities. If you are more of a teacher-directed teacher, it would fit best to review the expectations by listing them and telling the students what the expectations are.
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