Thursday, November 18, 2010

High Expectations for Whom?

I was reading a book What Great Principals Do Differently by Todd Whitaker that gave me some food for thought. He said that almost all teachers, whether they are effective or not, have high expectations of students. He said that it is the same for principals concerning teachers. What separates effective teachers and principals from those who are less effective is that they also have even higher expectations for themselves.

Educators who have high expectations for themselves would constantly be learning and growing by doing such things as:
  • Attending conferences, seminars, and workshops to learn and to network with others who want to do quality work
  • Finding a mentor and participate in cognitive coaching
  • Reading books and articles
  • Keeping a reflection journal to determine what went well and what could be improved
  • Participating in action research projects
  • Etc.

In other words, the teacher who had high expectations would be to be the head learner in the classroom and the principal who had high expectations would be to be the head learner in the school.

1 comment:

  1. An email from Todd Whitaker on 11-18-10
    Barbara, Hi. Thanks for the kind words. One way to think of it is Great Principals and Teachers compare themselves to perfection. Ineffective people compare everyone else to perfection. Take care and have a great holiday. Todd Todd Whitaker317B College of EducationIndiana State UniversityTerre Haute, Indiana 47809 (812) 237-2904 - phone(812) 237-8041 - fax - website