Tip of the Week
Know teacher expectations
Know teacher expectations. It’s a terrible feeling getting a paper back from the teacher with a less-than-desirable grade and thinking to oneself: “I didn’t know I was supposed to………” In that scenario, it’s easy to misplace blame and not take responsibility. But as students move into middle school and high school, it becomes incumbent upon the student to know, understand and manage the expectations of each teacher. Students should always read rubrics and they should always ask the teacher clarifying questions about papers, projects, homework, and exams to be sure they can successfully meet the teacher’s guidelines. If there’s any ambiguity, it’s worth self-advocating and asking; it could mean the difference between a poor or excellent grade.