When all school adults—not just classroom teachers—use positive language, children hear consistent messages about behavior expectations, and that consistency helps them feel safer and more independent at school.
For more on using positive language, check out these articles from our archives:
Noticing Positives– "Making this adjustment to my mindset and language was a small thing, but it lifted something that had been covering the joy in our class."
What's in a Name –"How do you refer to the students in your class when addressing them? At first glance, this may seem like a trivial issue; but consider how many times throughout the day we speak to students to get their attention."
Learn how teachers can use language—words, tone, and pace—to increase student engagement, build a positive classroom community, and more effectively manage behavior by helping children develop confidence, competence, and self-control. Learn more here.
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