Most of our students will always meet our expectations. I get that this is a pretty bold statement, but I have never been one to baby “my kids.” Any of “my kids” whether they are my own flesh and blood or my students. It drives me crazy that teachers will say “oh little Johnny can’t possibly do that!” when we both know he most certainly can with the right guidance, support and expectations. When you treat kids like babies that is exactly what they will act like. Set your expectations high and your students will rise to meet them.
This goes for work as well as behavior. But it will take a bit extra on your part to make sure that the higher order skills you want them to get are actually getting through to them. You cannot as a teacher sit back and assume that everything is getting through. Yes I tell my kids they are responsible for letting me know if they don’t understand something, and I do hold them to that. But I definitely keep an eye out and watch for those students who are not getting it and make sure I teach them the way they need to be taught. Because ultimately it is our responsibility to make sure these kids get what they need.