I recently read an article that listed five phrases students should hear from their teachers every single day. I’m curious to learn what you think. There’s one phrase in the list that caused me wonder. My nose even scrunched up a bit. Let me know what you think!
- Good morning/Goodbye. Simply put, it’s important to greet your students each morning and bid them farewell at the end of each day. This one is a no brainer!
- Do you understand? The author of the article suggests using this phrase (or something similar) as students work independently or in small groups to gage understanding. I strongly agree. Few students will openly admit they “don’t get it” in a large group situation.
- What do you think about this? This phrase is golden in a variety of instances. Kiddos like to know that their opinions count. Just be prepared for a variety of responses!
- Why is this important? Questions such as this help students connect what they’re learning to their own lives and the world around them. Very important in my opinion.
- You’ve done so well; I’m proud of you. This phrase is when my nose scrunched a bit. I’m all about encouraging students. I believe that positive feedback needs to be both authentic and specific and I’m just not sure that these phrases fit the bill.
Okay, it’s your turn. Looking forward to hearing from you!