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Responsive Classroom: Using Positive Language to Avoid Humiliation

Paige Paradis, 2nd Grade Teacher
To build on our discussion of "teacher/parent language," I've found an article that discusses the importance of using positive language to avoid student humiliation when talking to our children.  In this article you'll find a list of suggestions that can apply to both home and school life for teachers and parents.  Some suggestions for preventing and repairing humiliation from this Edutopia article include:
  • "Keep communication private when discussing their behavior"
  • "Frequently check...to make sure the message they're receiving is the one you are trying to send out."
  • "Avoid sarcasm"
  • "Pay close attention to body language."
  • "Tell them a story from a time that you were embarrassed...discuss it with them, and listen to their suggestions for what you could have done to resolve the incident."
Please find the full article in the following link:
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/12-ways-avoid-student-humiliation-richard-curwin
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