Student and Instructor Created

Student and Instructor Created

Joining forces with students to establish expectations and procedures is perfectly acceptable and allows both parties to voice their hopes and desires for interacting with one another in the classroom.

If this is the method of choice in your classroom or with one class, as always, first things first:

Set context with the class for the process of creating a list.

Allow students to list their expectations of the facilitator. You might simply pose the question, "How can I, as the instructor, make our time here together most efficient and effective?"

After thanking students for their input, it is time to share your expectations. Be well-prepared for the list you want to share. It might sound like this: "Thanks for sharing your expectations of me. I will put forth my best effort to do what will most help you. Do you mind if I share with you a couple of things I care about?" Make sure your list is short and that items are simple to follow.

Align your two lists and compile them together. Make sure there are no conflicting items between your two lists. If there are, discuss how you can combine them or make sure the explanations for the expectations are crystal clear.

Establishing a list of classroom expectations and procedures is a huge item to accomplish on your list of classroom management techniques. Having a list gives you a simple and effective reference when students are engaging in the class in a way that is different from what is outlined on your expectations list.

It is also wise to make it clear to students that the list may be added to if the group determines something was overlooked during the initial development of the list.

Now there is one final step—effectively communicating the expectations and procedures.

Last modified: Monday, 16 July 2012, 03:56 PM