The 3 R’s of Teacher Language: Reinforcing, Reminding and Redirecting
Tanya Chargualaf, 4th Grade Teacher
As we establish a classroom community that fosters the best learning environment for all of our students, it is vitally important to incorporate our teacher language. It is our most powerful tool and permeates in every aspect of our day. Whether we are welcoming students in the morning, dealing with a conflict or simply trying to engage them in the what’s to come, we are using our words. We know that what they hear and how they interpret our message can impact how they deal with a situation and ultimately learn. Therefore, we are keeping teacher language at the forefront of our minds. We deliberately use teacher language as a tool so that students get the most out of our instruction.
Throughout our day as leaners we think about creating that environment conducive to learning and pay attention to the 3 R’s. Reinforcing what we notice (what students are doing well), reminding students of what is to come or what they will need to remember and redirecting if needed, when students are still confused about expectations. No matter the situation teacher language is a key component to our daily routine!