#006: The Power of Words: Speaking with Intention

classroom management May 07, 2020
Our words matter. While we all know words have power, how often do you speak without thinking first? 

Are you ever at a loss for words? Maybe you're the type of person who just says what you think and regrets it later. Either way, it's not good. We want to be able to speak to our students powerfully and with intention. While that comes naturally to some, it's a lot harder than it seems for most of us. 

Today's episode is all about how we use words in the classroom.

Words have the power to inspire, encourage or defeat. They can cause us to take action or quit. The same is true for our students. Words have consequences - sometimes good, sometimes neutral and sometimes bad. We need to be intentional with our words.

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Here's a peek at what else is inside this episode:

  • Why we have to be careful with our words.
  • How to hear yourself and your students. 
  • Why you should plan and practice your words for common situations.
  • How one teacher uses words to inspire her students to work harder.
  • Identifying the outcomes do you want and how you'll accomplish that with your words.
  • How to build trust with students so they can believe our words.
  • Things we say that are not accomplishing what we think they are.
  • A simple way to respond to students in the moment and buy yourself time to craft your words.

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Links from this episode:

Here's the link to the free Choose Your Words Cheat Sheet.

30 Days to Taming the Tongue by Deborah Smith Pegues

Choice Words: How Our Language Affects Children's Learning by Peter H. Johnston

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