Setting High Expectations

Setting High Academic Expectations

High expectations, research has demonstrated, lead to higher results through the ‘Pygmalion’ effect – that is, a student will become what is expected of them.

If a culture of low expectations is in place, the students in this classroom will achieve to the expectations set – so not very highly. The five techniques outlined in the chapter are extremely strong in their pedagogical value.

Mini town lets wannabe kids dress up for work

Wannabees Family Play Town offers children a chance to dress up and try out some popular professions. The miniature town has 12 shops including a bank, beauty salon, hospital and supermarket. The fire station even has a fake fire that the children – dressed in firefighter gear – can help put out with a hose.

Children join the newsroom

The northern beaches is home to many budding newsreaders – and these children know their stuff.

The youngsters who attended Wannabees Family Play Town at Frenchs Forest on Friday were lucky enough to take part in a mini news reading session with Sky News Australia anchor Tracey Spicer.