Math = Love: Words I Want To Hear More In My Classroom

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Words I Want To Hear More In My Classroom

Today, I present to you: Words I Want To Hear More In My Classroom

I decided if these words are that important to me, they need to be on display in my classroom as a reminder to myself and to my students.  So, I decided to make a few posters of these words to hang in my classroom.

Harry Wong emphasizes the importance of using please and thank you in your conversations with students in his book The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher.  I also want to hear my students saying these two words in their conversations with one another.

The next word, yet, comes from Ilana Horn's Strength in Numbers: Collaborative Learning in Secondary Mathematics.  In the book, she talks about how the word "yet" is missing from our students' vocabularies.  If a student says, "I can't do this," we need to correct them.  They can't do this YET.  This goes right along with what I've learned from reading Carol Dweck's Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.  Adding the word "yet" can potentially change a statement from the fixed mindset to the growth mindset.      

What words do you want to hear in your classroom?

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  2. I really like the idea of the importance of the word "yet'," especially with students who haven't previously had much success in math.

    1. Me too! I want this year to be one where students really focus on their words. Words have power. If they can learn to say "YET" I think it can lead to big changes for them. The growth mindset is so much about the words we say aloud and internally. I'm hoping that changing my students' words can change their lives - or at least their outlook on math.