Teachers play a pivotal role in shaping the behaviour and educational success of students and as such they carry a huge responsibility in the classroom. Everything the teacher says or do has a great impact on students’ lives as students depend on the teacher for guidance, for determining acceptable and social behaviour in the classroom and more importantly their learning and academic success. In addition, the role played by the teacher in fostering students learning causes them to exhibit certain attitudes which could have a long lasting negative or positive influence on students. Based on research it was surmised that high teacher expectation mean that the teacher believe that the student is a high-achiever and the dynamics
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To determine whether or not and to extent to which teacher expectations influence learning in the classroom, one must understand what learning is and what is required to facilitate the learning process. Furthermore, one must also know the base on which the teacher acquired such expectations and how it impacts the student’s learning. Learning is described by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “an activity or process of gaining knowledge or skill by studying, practicing, being taught, or experiencing something or as the activity of someone who learns”. In addition, Hamm (1989), states that learning is intentionally coming to know as a result of experience.
For true learning to take place a number of factors are must be in place and pursued in the everyday interaction between teacher and students. Some examples are as follows: feedback- making the effort to encourage and provide communication within the classroom is necessary. Feedback should come from both parties in the learning process and should highlight areas of accomplishment along with pointing out those areas that need improvement. Teachers should encourage students to share their ideas on how they think they can improve their learning together.
In addition, discovering methods to channel motivation both in students and teachers themselves is also a