Each month we incorporate an important character trait into our teaching and learning. The month of October is focused on high expectations. When we have goals, develop a plan to achieve the goal, and work hard, it is amazing what we are able to accomplish.
Reaching high expectations begins with a goal. Helping kids set high, yet reasonable goals is important. It is not a skill that comes naturally. You can help your child stretch themselves by setting short term goals. Encourage them to go a bit further each time until they have reached a new high. The goals can be related to school, sports, household chores or physical fitness. When kids have been successful with one goal, they are likely to try something bigger and even more challenging.
Other important elements of high expectations include thinking and planning ahead. Kids need to think about the outcome and consequences of their choices before they act. Also, asking for help and assistance when needed is also key to eventually reaching those high expectations.
The best thing we can do for our kids is set high expectations, hold them to those expectations, and still support them and encourage them to keep trying when they fail. Those are powerful positive lessons for life.
Wittenberg K-8 Principal