To have Expectations, or not?

According to dictionary.com, “expectation” is defined as:

Expectation

Similarly, “expect” is defined as:

Expect

In the “Kung Fool” episode of an Arthur show, Fern comes to the conclusion that we should “let go of your expectations and go with the flow.”

 Fern

To have expectations or not to have expectations, that is the question.


1. If there are expectations, there is a minimum to meet; yet, if that minimum is not met, then disappointment sets in because the minimum level of success is not met. Though we have to remember, also, that currently, if the minimum is met, that just may not be good enough. We are a society that is driven (or dare I say forced) to go beyond the minimum requirements and expectations, perhaps without recognition or compensation, which then connects the circle of why go beyond the minimum? Because there’s a risk of losing employment, not getting as good of marks? Let’s face it, while we may feel good about ourselves intrinsically when we perform over 100%, we still thrive on extrinsic motivators.

2. If there are no expectations, then we will be pleasantly surprised at people’s accomplishments and doings, and not disappointed. 

To have expectations, or not? How does this apply to your teaching, learning, and performance?

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