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Our Own Use of Language

posted Apr 14, 2019, 3:57 AM by HSD Principal
We have spent a lot of time this year talking about student language, so I thought we could look at the language we use. In the past few weeks, I've come across a few resources that address that topic. Cult of Pedagogy's Jennifer Gonzalez wrote Let's Give our Teaching Language a Makeover to help teachers ensure their language use is helpful for student learning. She says using language well can:
  • Shape student identity
  • Boost academic safety
  • Build student agency
  • Invite self-discipline and prevent escalation
Another great resource is the book What We Say and How We Say it Matters. The book challenges us to rethink some of the ways in which we communicate with students. It's a quick and helpful read and you can get the ebook for free through your ASCD Activate account. Log in to your account and you'll see a link for ASCD E-Books in the side bar. Click on it and What We Say and How We Say it Matters is the first ebook available on the list. There are other books on that site that may help you improve your practice or work on a personal teaching goal.

If you want some of the book's content, ASCD also developed a webinar on What We Say and How We Say it Matters. You can go to their webinar archive and find the link from 26 March. Again, there are a bunch of other webinars on that list that you may find helpful in your classrooms.