Year: 1997-1998
Month: February
Leader: Group F

Situation/Case Study:

Should teachers review all available information about a student or should he/she form their own opinions? Teacher review of student records, teacher expectations.

Teachers may feel frustrated if they do not know particular student issues. Teachers feel obligated to know everything they should know about a student. Teachers feel "in the dark" if information is not shared. It takes time to learn about a student in the classroom. Knowledge could make a teacher more effective with particular students. Teachers become confused about the behavior of the student, what is the cause? Is this appropriate or inappropriate behavior? Teacher expectations influence their behavior as well as student performance.

Theories behind practice:

Impact on others:


Gather information about particular students from teachers that may have had them before. Learning can be affected if you don't know about special issues. Be careful about differing expectations for students. Refer to your experiences with the students, the work they are doing in your class. Look for improvement. Share information that you feel is important with other teachers that have the student. Some students don't come forward to ask for help, you need to know who might need additional assistance. Encourage students to get appointments with you. Then their requests for help are not so public. Some students do not want help since it may mean more work and a need to change. Some students are better at being advocates for themselves. They need this at the high school. Students need to learn to approach teachers and ask for modifications if they are necessary. Students need to learn to communicate with teachers, be responsible. Teachers need to decide if they should change their expectations. Should the student be treated any differently? Parent need to communicate special issues to teachers. Teachers should take students as they are.