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Eight Expectations

The Great Expectations (GE) teaching/training model is guided by six basic principles (Tenets). These Tenets provide guidelines for program training and implementation and serve as standards for evaluating GE schools/districts.


The GE Tenets are further defined by seventeen Classroom Practices that occur in GE classrooms, schools, and districts. Through teachers' use of the GE Classroom Practices, students become self-directed learners, productive citizens, effective communicators, critical thinkers, and cooperative contributors in the classroom as well as in society.

Educators helping students achieve excellence guide them in adhering to the eight expectations.


Expectation #1 We will value one another as unique and special individuals.

Expectation #2 We will not laugh at or make fun of a person's mistakes, nor use sarcasm or put-downs.

Expectation #3 We will use good manners saying "please," "thank you," and "excuse me" and allow others to go first.

Expectation #4 We will cheer each other to success!

Expectation #5 We will help one another whenever possible.

Expectation #6 We will recognize every effort and applaud it.

Expectation #7 We will encourage each other to do our best!

Expectation #8 We will practice virtuous living, using the Life Principles.


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