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This blog has gained many new readers over the past year. Because of that, I thought it might be worth sharing a daily “A Look Back” where I share a best post from the past twelve years. You can also see all of my choices for “Best” posts here.

This post appeared in September, 2018.

I think all teachers can benefit from watching this short video, The Power OF Expectations.

This is one reason why he should be Looking At Our Students Through The Lens Of Assets & Not Deficits.


Here is how I have suggested to our principal we use this video at our site:

1. Lead asks teachers to think of an instance when they personally have lived up or down to another’s expectation of them (for example, attendance staff have always showed pity on me and, because of that, I’ve never really tried that hard to do better – BUT DON”T TELL SANDY! 😉 ). Pair share, and then a couple share to group.

2. Lead asks teachers to think of an instance when they believe their expectations impacted on how a student did. Pair share, share out.

3. Ask for ideas on how we can keep this idea in the forefront of our minds

And here’s a related tweet: