When I first read the following list, I will confess I was guilty of saying numbers 2 and 5 on the 10 Worst things list almost every day (to my own children not the children I work with).
Anyway, it took some retraining and practice, practice, practice. If you’ve never heard of Chick Moorman I highly recommend giving his stuff a read. His book Spirit Whispers is a favorite of mine. Although not all of the material applies to the age of the children I teach, I have often applied some of his suggestions to parenting with my three boys. I find Mr. Moorman to be inspirational and experienced; he gives helpful suggestions and seems to have a really good understanding of children and teachers.
The intention of this list to give you some tools and a gentle reminder about the language to use when working with children. Remember this is ‘Best Practice’ no-one talks like this ALL the time but we can try to.
From The Teacher Talk System
Designed by Chick Moorman
The 10 Best Things you can say to your students:
1.) Next time…
2.) Check yourself
3.) Check it out on the inside
4.) Sounds like you have a problem
6.) Please make a “be” choice
7.) What do you attribute that to?
8.) What can we learn from this?
9.) Problem solver or a problem keeper?
The 10 Worst Things you can say to your students:
1.) What did I just tell you?
2.) That is the third time today…
3.) Stop whining
4.) Don’t run/yell/throw/cheat/lie
5.) Knock it off
6.) Because I said so, that’s why.
7.) Tell her you’re sorry
8.) Great answer
9.) Always do your best
10.)Here is my advice…
Well there you have it! Chick’s Best and Worst list, what do you think?
I have another list I personally like better, I will share it with you soon.
I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful weather! Cornerspring is having their annual auction this weekend May 17th at the Shriner’s Club in