Great Expectations is known for 17 Classroom Practices that can and should be identified in 2 domains - Climate AND Academic Excellence:
1. The teacher models desired behaviors and attitudes such as those set forth in the Life Principles and the Eight Expectations for Living.
2. Students and teachers speak in complete sentences and address one another by name, demonstrating mutual respect and common courtesy.
3. Students are taught as a whole group, thoroughly and to mastery, with intensive and specific modifications insuring success for all.
4. Lessons are integrated, related to the real world, reviewed consistently, and connected to subsequent curricula.
5. Critical thinking skills are taught.
6. A non-threatening environment, conducive to risk-taking, is evident. Mistakes are okay. Students are taught to learn from their mistakes and to correct them.
7. Memory work, recitations, and/or writing occur daily. These enhance character development and effective communication skills while extending curricula. Recitations are exuberant and full of expression.
8. Enriched vocabulary is evident and is drawn directly from challenging writings and/or wisdom literature. Sources should include classic literature, myths, fables, poetry, proverbs, quotes, and other genres.
9. The Magic Triad, a positive and caring environment, and discipline with dignity and logic are evident.
10. Every student's work is displayed in some form. Teachers provide positive commentary through oral and/or written feedback.
11. Word identification skills are used as a foundation for expanding the use of the English language.
12. Students assume responsibility for their own behavior. Their choices determine consequences.
13. A school, class, or personal creed is recited or reflected upon daily to reaffirm commitment to excellence.
14. All students experience success. The teacher guarantees it by comparing students to their own past performance, not the performance of others. Students are showcased, and past failures are disregarded.
15. The teacher teaches on his/her feet, engages students personally, holds high expectations of students, and does not limit them to grade level or perceived ability.
16. Each classroom has a student who greets visitors and makes them feel welcome and comfortable.
17. Teachers and students celebrate the successes of others.