In order to create a classroom environment that embodies rigorous and intentional learning, it is essential to first establish high behavioral expectations. Understanding the author’s technique of creating the tone in a poem won’t be useful unless students understand the processes for living and working together. Once high behavioral standards are successfully implemented, you can move toward academic success with ease.
Expectations include everything a student must do in the classroom and often times outside the classroom as well. This may consist of everything from when to sharpen pencils, how to ask to use the restroom, how to treat others and how to complete independent work. It is key that students what the expectations are what they mean and how it looks to meet them. Never assume that students, even teenagers, understand how to come to class with clear expectations about how to treat others and be an active learner. It is the responsibility of the teacher to establish the expectations and culture within the classroom.