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My final project for my graduate thesis was on how being a caring educator can increase a child’s confidence and success in school. One of the aspects of being a caring educator is setting high expectations for your students. These are not expectations that are out of the students’ reach. These are expectations that the students can and will reach with the right guidance and support.
This is the type of classroom that I set up for my students each year, and I tell them my expectations at the beginning of each year. I have high expectations for my students because I care about them, and I care about their growth in school. I set expectations for the students that I know they can and will reach, even if they often do not believe it themselves. Sometimes the students think that the work is too hard or school is too hard, but what they realize at the end of the year in my class is how much they have accomplished because they worked so hard and put forth so much effort.
The amount of hard work and effort that students put into their work is far more valuable and priceless than the amount of “information” they know. Thus, I praise students for their hard work and effort. Many studies have shown that students become far more capable and confident in their ability to succeed if they are praised for their hard work and effort rather than for their “intelligence.” Please assist me on this road and praise your children for their hard work, tell them how proud they should be of themselves, and encourage them to persevere, even when it seems too difficult. You will be surprised at how much your child can actually do on their own and how much growth they will make in third grade as a result!
*I set high standards for each of my students, and I believe 100 percent that each student will have a challenging and successful year!*
“To Be Successful”
Try, try, try again because
yOu create your success!
Believe in yourself and
LiSten carefully and
yoU will learn something new every day.
RespeCt yourself, others, and your surroundings.
Challenge yourself to do your best and
ask quEstions when you don't understand!
If you Start each day with a
poSitive attitude, you will
Find meaning in all
yoU do at school and you
wilL have fun doing it!
*Within the first few days of school, the students will also create their own rules and expectations for the classroom. They will sign their rules and expectations along with the ones that I have created to form our "class contract."