What does setting high expectations mean for you in the classroom? One of the challenges of my student teaching was that I felt like my school had very low expectations of my students, especially in terms of their behavior. There were often no consequences and the students received so much free time (that should have been instructional time IMO.) All of my friends who taught in the same district said that they felt like the expectations were too low for the kids. In my interview for my new school, the administration said that even though we are a low-income school, our students still do the same work as students in suburban schools. I will likely be teaching the lower level 6th grade classes, but they still said we still hold high expectations of all students. I am excited that this is my district's philosophy. I would love to hear how teachers set high expectations for students while still meeting students where they are. EDIT: Sorry--I meant to post this in the general education forum, not secondary! Whoops.