By Linda Doering, SRAS
To learn about the research on the “Pygmalion Effect,” especially as it concerns developing the “high expectations” of Teaching Professionals in their own classrooms was enlightening and profound. Something that has always been hidden in plain sight: drawing out our students’ potential through believing in them and putting that belief, as Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) Educators, into action vs. their self-defeating self-talk such as “I am a product of my past experience and current environment.”
Not only can this be an advantage for students and parents, but also for teachers themselves, as they draw out that budding potential through positive affirmations and creating a class environment of high expectations through:
1. Believing Students can and will succeed;
2. Communicating that belief clearly;
3. Helping Students to not only believe but to put this belief into practice.
This all-inclusive attitude places everyone on the same field of expectations, thus delivering to them equal opportunity, even if not equal results. Even if a student still falls behind, this provides an opportunity to discuss one-on one with each student about what they did to reach their goals and what they did to lower their achievement so they have a positive reference about what they […]