Classroom Expectations
Lesson Objective: Communicate and reinforce expectations
Pre-K / All Subjects / Culture

Thought starters

  1. What three expectations does Ms. Hawkins have for her students?
  2. Why is it helpful to use positive descriptive acknowledgement?
  3. How does Ms. Hawkins describe the reasoning behind her expectations?
I like the way she explained the expectations of the classroom and her use of visuals for the children. She also made she the class worked as a group so they were part of something bigger.
Recommended (0)
I appreciate the pictures of expectations for young children and agree with expectations being a short list and very clear. I also appreciate the positive feedback instead of negative comments. Children seek attention. Let that attention be positive.....please.
Recommended (0)
I like how she uses pictures to show her classroom expectations. Visuals are a great way to show younger students what you expect from them.
Recommended (0)
The rules governing the schoolroom should, so far as possible, represent the voice of the school. Every principle involved in them should be so placed before the student that he may be convinced of its justice. Thus he will feel a responsibility to see that the rules which he himself has helped to frame are obeyed. Rules should be few and well considered; and when once made, they should be enforced. Whatever it is found impossible to change, the mind learns to recognize and adapt itself to; but the possibility of indulgence induces desire, hope, and uncertainty, and the results are restlessness, irritably, and insubordination.
Recommended (0)
This lesson shows how to be respectful within the classroom. She demonstrates that her expectations are very important!
Recommended (0)


  • Classroom Expectations Transcript

    Male Voice 1: I found two yellows.

    Interviewee: Oh, I'm so happy you're helping. I'm very proud of you when

    Classroom Expectations Transcript

    Male Voice 1: I found two yellows.

    Interviewee: Oh, I'm so happy you're helping. I'm very proud of you when you help your friends. That's very friendly.

    You see our expectations pictures? I moved them over here.

    The expectations we have in our classroom, we have three expectations. That we're safe and healthy, we are friendly, and we are respectful. We use visuals and put them up and have them represented in the classroom and the kids will talk about them and point to them and go to them. That way, you're not constantly setting limits or talking about rules.

    Let's put these back, honey. We wanna use these things respectfully, right? You just take the things that you need.

    Male Voice 2: I want the circle.

    Interviewee: We always say say what you want children to do, and not what you don't want them to do. Teachers use positive descriptive acknowledgment, which is giving a positive description of what you see that reinforces the expectations you have in the classroom.

    You gonna put the top on? Thank you. That is really respectful, Roman. When you take care of your things, then the next person can use them.

    Female Voice: Guess—

    Interviewee: Oh. Thank you, Jordan. Jordan shares her things. That's very friendly, Jordan. You like to make sure everybody has what they need.

    These are beyond rules. They're ways of being together and having fun together. If we can all meet these expectations together, then we can have a productive classroom. We can all be happy together.

    [End of Audio]


Jennifer Hawkins


Teaching Practice

All Grades/ All Subjects/ Culture

Teaching Practice

All Grades / All Subjects / Culture

TCH Special

Grades 6-12, All Subjects, Civic Engagement

TCH Special

Grades 6-12, All Subjects, Civic Engagement