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How do I explain to people the difference between expectation and structure. We do not have structure in our classroom or class-wide because the perceptive is student of color do not need a structure environment that does not allow them to self-regulate there own behavior.

Oct 21, 2015 12:14pm

Structure and Expecation

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    • Oct 23, 2015 8:00am

      I would argue that virtually all students; regardless of race, perform better in a structured environment. It provides both familiarity and comfort. In my opinion, varied situations (specifically different types of instruction or school settings) may require varied levels of structure. I would describe structure as a routine or a cadence that aids in the flow of the day. I see expectations on the other hand being similar to goals. How high is the bar set? This would apply to academics, behavior, athletics, etc. There would also a remediation process in place if the students fail to meet a given set of goals.

      I am curious to hear the opinions of others.....

      • Oct 23, 2015 8:54am

        I am assuming that you are a school admin with a physical location. If I may be honest, I didn't really know how to respond to this question at first because I wasn't sure. I find it interesting that there is some "perceptive is student of color do not need a structure environment that does not allow them to self-regulate". Can I know if there's a study that supports this?

        And to answer to your question with a question, how would other admins in your district respond? I'm also assuming that you're training your teachers about expectation and structure.