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18 February 2015 @ 09:05 am
Expectations, part 3  
Cambourne discusses expectations from a slightly different perspective than we have thus far this week. ReLeah Lent has a diagram in her book discussing engagement that shows how expectations are important to engagement. Here is a link to a chapter from her book:


Cambourne encourages educators to set realistic expectations for literacy. He suggests we can do that by knowing kids first and foremost. When I wrote Making the Match in 2003, I began with that premise. We have to know the kids in order to help them find books and reading experiences that will engage them and encourage them to become members of the "reading club." Sometimes when I read criticism (such as that by Franzen I mentioned earlier this week), I can easily see that the critics do not know much about how kids develop intellectually, morally, socially, culturally, etc. When a politician decrees that "ALL children will", that is the first clue I have that perhaps they do not understand how kids do develop. When I see Lexile bands for a grade level that require kids to read ABOVE the designated grade level, I grow concerned of expectations. Yes, have expectations, but let's keep them realistic, shall we?

Here is what I expect from my own students in our online MLS program.

1. I expect they will read through all of the materials I have assembled for them: syllabus, reading list, tips and suggestions, screencasts, samples of completed assignments.

2. I expect them to ask questions about anything that might not be clear.

3. I expect them to follow directions.

4. I expect them to meet deadlines.

5. I expect them to contact me if they encounter difficulties.

What can they expect from me?

1. I will prepare materials that provide clear directions and examples of the work expected.

2. I will post materials BEFORE classes begin so they can get a head start when possible.

3. I will evaluate their work (my guideline is within 48 hours) in a timely manner.

4. I will provide feedback in a timely manner as well.

5. I will work with them should difficulties arise.

I see expectations as a two-way street. I think that if I am demanding reading from my students, they should see my read (and I post daily to my book blog). If I expect them to write, they should see my writing (and I post to this blog daily as well). I cannot imagine asking students, even grad students, to do as I say and not as I do. My final expectation of myself: that I continue to grow and develop as a reader and a writer. I hope this for my students after they graduate and become librarians as well.

So, on to some more reading and writing today. My expectation is that I will do both and that I will enjoy doing both.
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