Recently, I had the chance to be a fly on the wall of a middle school classroom where, from the moment I entered the room, the warmth of the environment and the tight focus on learning were palpable. It was only a few minutes into the period when I noticed how carefully the instructor chose her words: this welcoming environment and the clear focus on learning were clearly supported by her diction choices.
It’s common to spend a lot of time on the ‘big things’ in our classrooms, such as fine-tuning our curriculum, considering various spatial structures, implementing strong instructional strategies, and establishing clear policies and procedures. Simultaneously, we must be sure not to overlook one of the littlest things that has some of the biggest impact: our words.
Three specific areas where our diction choices can have a notable impact are:
Below are some specific examples.
Increasing Student Engagement
Ensuring Cultural Responsiveness
Growing a Growth Mindset
That middle school classroom I observed a few weeks ago had an instructor who was strong in making diction choices that mattered in all three of these above areas. She seemed aware of how her words helped establish a classroom culture and maintain academic rigor.
Do you have questions or thoughts on this topic? Consider reaching out to your Instructional Coach or one of us on the Secondary Curriculum and Instruction team. We’d love to help you explore this further.
This post brought to you by Heather Lyke, Secondary Implementation Associate
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