The Perils and Promise of Expectations

Teacher Heather Marshall believes we should “unzip our minds, and let our expectations fall out, because they are holding us back.”  Educator Jake Klipsch asks ‘What if our expectations didn’t just predict reality, but created it?” and touts the well-researched power of teachers’ initial assessments of students and students’ expectations for themselves to shape their success.  When are expectations helpful, when are they not?  How do we make these hidden guests in our brains more visible, more accountable?

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