The challenge of setting expectations for pupils

Case studies (assessment)
Are your expectations of pupils too high? Or non-existent? And how do your pupils feel about them? Child psychologist Karen Sullivan on how to ensure expectations are a positive influence.  

Last week I had the pleasure of watching Lois Walden (an American author, singer/songwriter and teaching artist) run a workshop with 24 GCSE students at George Green’s School in Tower Hamlets.

For 15 years, Lois has travelled America with the Acting Company, teaching teenagers in small towns and inner city schools how to tap into their emotions and understand their world through theatre and literature. I’ll be honest in saying that my own expectations weren’t particularly high. British and American teenagers are fundamentally different in the way that they express emotion and the cultural mix among the students appeared to preclude any “one-size-fits-all” approach.

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