High expectations relationships

Teacher with 2 students

Activity: Reflect upon the kinds of relationships you want to develop with Indigenous students.


Think back to your experience at school – was it affected in anyway (positively or negatively) by the relationships you had with teachers?

If we look at the Aboriginal students’ perceptions of teachers, one study from WA has showed that a majority students surveyed respected their teachers although they believed that a portion of their teachers don’t respect them as individuals.

High expectations relationship

Watch the video below and consider your responses to the following questions:

  • Do you think Aboriginal students of your generation were taught with a sense of personal warmth and demandingness?
  • Whose responsibility is it to develop relationships? Why?
  • How could you show the kids that you care?

Stronger Smarter: What is a High Expectations Relationship – Dalby SHS


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Image: From ‘Stronger Smarter: What is a High Expectations Relationship’ video