Sometimes the smallest things we say and do as teachers can have the biggest impact on children and their learning. More often than not, it is the things that teachers have always said like 'Do you understand?' and 'What is the answer?' that can actually have a negative impact on certain children. By making slight changes to the things we say, we can actually allow children to develop in a far more positive and focused way. Here are our top 5 things you should say more of in the classroom!
'What might the answer be?'
'Have I explained myself well enough?'
Most teachers finish their instructions for a task with 'Do you understand?'. And of course, some children have the courage to say no or ask further questions. However, not all children are this confident and will not tell you that they need further explanation. We all know that one child who never seems to understand the task. By asking the question 'Have I explained myself well enough?' the responsibility falls back onto the teacher. If 'you' don't understand it is the pupils fault. If 'I' haven't explained myself, it is the teacher fault. Children are much more likely to share their misunderstanding if the ownership is not on them.
'What do you think?'
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