Effective Classroom Practices

Developing Expectations

Posting and teaching expectations allows students to know exactly what to do.

"In an effective classroom, students should not only know what they are doing, they should also know why and how." ~Harry Wong

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Connection to Appraisal

Danielson Framework

  • High expectations, supported through both verbal and nonverbal behaviors, for both learning and participation (2b)
  • Clear standards of conduct, posted and referred to during a lesson (2d)

Strategies to Try:

  • Develop a classroom matrix: Aligned with SW expectations and positively stated
    • Can include adult expectations on matrix
    • Include student input in the development process
  • Post/move matrix in visible location, easy to access
  • Provide pre-corrections for appropriate behavior (based on data), using matrix
  • Teach expectations using examples and non-examples
    • Students model appropriate behavior
  • Ask a coach or colleague to assist in development or observe and give feedback
  • Observe a colleague’s classroom and reflect on practice