Teacher Expectations

When students believe that their teachers have high expectations for them, they are also likely to be more engaged in school and report feeling like they belong at school. For example, students have a stronger sense of school belonging and higher levels of engagement in school when they believe that teachers think they can do well in school and have the ability to perform to their potential (e.g., “My teacher believes I can do well in class”).1

Teacher Expectations

These skills can help students feel that teachers believe they can do well in school.

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