|School-Wide Expectations||Teaching Matrix
To establish a common language in a school, there must be a commitment to a systematic approach to teaching school-wide expectations. It is insufficient to “go over” or read the expectations to the students at the beginning of the year and expect full understanding. Schools must set aside time to teach the expectations to students at every grade level.
What are the essentials for school-wide expectation lesson plans?
1) Definition: This definition should be taken directly from the teaching matrix.
2) Examples: When choosing examples for teaching, select examples that are relevant to the students and representative of what the behavior should look like in that setting.
3) Non-examples: When choosing non-examples for teaching, select examples that are relevant to the students and representative of what the behavior should not look like in that setting.
4) Teaching Procedures: This is what teachers will do to teach the expectation to the students. There are two main points to consider when teaching procedures: (1) teach students in the context they are expected to perform the behavior, and (2) make sure you are practicing in multiple settings (if applicable).
5) Check for Understanding: This is what teachers will do to “test” students. In this context, ask students to perform the behavior and/or observe when they are supposed to be performing the behavior. Assess performance and provide feedback.