Our academic and behavioral expectations for students matter. However, as we experience growing cultural and economic diversity in our classrooms, it can become challenging to know just what to expect. In this sectional, we will explore how our expectations influence our teaching by reflecting on our underlying assumptions about the goals of Christian education and the roles of teachers and students. We will consider the increasing importance of cultural competency and connect understandings and attributions to teaching practices that demonstrate positive regard and high expectations to all of our students.
Ben Clemons has served as a classroom teacher at Mt. Lebanon Lutheran School and as a principal at Risen Savior Lutheran School, both in Milwaukee, WI as well as a year in China teaching English at Hangzhou Normal University. He is currently serving at Martin Luther College as Professor of Urban Educational Ministry and as the Academic Dean of Education.
Tuesday, June 21