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.
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