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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Setting clear expectations for people, projects or a trip down the hall is an important part of the week. We have five simple tips to make sure that you're setting clear expectations for others while managing your own at the same time.

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"People can't live up to the expectations they don't know have been set for them."

-Rory Vaden

Do you have great expectations?

As professional teachers, we are constantly setting expectations. We set them for ourselves, our students, our supervisors, and others. Many of the expectations we have are known to others, meaning we tell our students what will be happening for this activity or unit in advance so that we're on the same page.  Unfortunately, there are also many expectations that are not as clearly communicated to those around us.

Let's take a look at five things to do in order to make sure that we are managing expectations with clarity and consistency, and so that we can lead our team to accomplish the end goal.
  • Identify your goal - Right out of the gate, we need to make sure we understand where we're going. Think of this part of expectation setting as the map-making stage. You won't get what you want if you don't know where you're going, right? Start by clearly identifying what you what to see at the end of this activity or exercise.
  • Clarify the why - Motivation has a big part in hitting the mark with your expectations. Sharing the 'why' behind your reasons for setting this expectation will help everyone understand the importance of this activity or process and any direct benefits to the people involved. As Simon Sinek says when describing the Golden Circle, "People don't buy what you do, they buy WHY you do it."
  • Clearly define and ensure there is understanding - Laying out the steps, outlining the details and then giving your audience an opportunity to sit with these parts for a while is important. You might want to send your plans home with students or to email your peers. Give them a day or two to review and think of possible questions. Once the time is up, review once more to ensure you are all clear and that you've had a chance to clarify any sticky parts of your plan.
  • Review and redefine when necessary - Depending on the type of project, you may need to revisit your expectations throughout the time allotted. This is something that will not only help you see progress but will allow you to redefine or clarify some details and help everyone hit the mark. As the leader of this project, you are responsible for managing the details, and because there are usually a lot of details, you need to see this one as an integral part of ensuring a successful lesson, exercise or activity.
  • Celebrate - When you start to see the finish line and know that things are meeting your expectations, don't be afraid to celebrate a little. Praising the small steps and little wins goes a long way. We know how those little things add up, and when you're able to see that your plan has been executed beautifully and successfully, it's time to really celebrate a job well done. The sweet taste of success and celebration helps to quickly move things along into the next round of expectations.
It's always important to keep in mind that, unfortunately, very few of us are mind readers. These tips will help those around you understand what you want right from the start, and lead your team to success through the clarity and consistency that you provide as a leader.
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Look to a mentor
As an educator, there are so many ways to grow.  Wether it's a new strategy, technology or responsibility, you have opportunities to support your own professional development. When looking to implement this new development, one of the best things you can do is to find a mentor.  KQED has a great article on finding a mentor and making the most of that relationship. That is the key, right? It's one thing to have a mentor, and it's another thing to take advantage of a strong, professionally supportive relationship like the one that a mentor can bring to the table. 
Here's to your development!

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