Communicating high expectations to students requires both clarity and empathy. It can sometimes be a difficult juggling act. We explore ways to incorporate one of the Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education into your teaching. Discover some of the pitfalls and the great promise in rethinking how you challenge students to excel in their learning. Claire and Jim also discuss ways to help students get back on track when they don’t meet your expectations.
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Bain, K. (2004). What the best college teachers do. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Chickering, A. W., & Gamson, Z. F. (1987). Seven principles for good practice in undergraduate education. AAHE Bulletin, 3–7.
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Closely related to “Communicate High Expectations” is the concept of “Time on Task,” which we explored in this episode.
As Claire mentioned, the process of communicating expectations begins with what Ken Bain calls a “Promising Syllabus.”