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Expectations play a big part in student achievement and behaviour. There was a landmark study done by Rosenthal and Jacobson in 1968 which illustrated the power of expectations on students in the classroom.

This effect is amplified, apparently, in low-income neighbourhoods, which means students from disadvantaged backgrounds benefit most from high expectations from their teachers. 

If you would like to read more about this subject then I have created links to several articles that talk about the subject and it’s close cousin the self fulfilling prophecy. 

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