Do you use endearments?

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  1. bonneb

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    I find myself constantly adding endearments when I talk to my students! (They are young.) Honey, missy, sweetie. Do any of you who teach young kids do this? I never did this until I became a mother.
     
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  3. Ms. I

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    No, I don't do it no matter how young & cute they are. I'm just not the type to do it. I'm not a mom yet, so we'll see what happens later. :)
     
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    I teach high school seniors, and they're all my darlings. I'll call individuals sweetie, sugar plum, dear...years ago I tried to put on a "serious teacher" attitude, but eventually came to realize that it was better to embrace my real personality, and I'm a mom. It works out fine for me.
     
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    I've started doing it much more this year. I moved to third grade last year, but had a group of very mature boys. This year, I have a much 'needier' class, and find myself doing it fairly often. It just suits this group and the dynamic we have.
     
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    I teach high school and I call my students "hun" all the time.
     
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    Oh good! I thought I might be a weirdo.
     
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    I use sweetie a lot.
     
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    I did it a lot when subbing and I didn't know the kids' names.
     
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    I Call them darling when I'm being sarcastic....
     
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    I use "my darlings" sometimes when talking to a group or the class--"All right, my darlings, it's time to stop talking and get to work." I've used "sweetie" quite a few times in the last few days when talking with one of my students who is going through a difficult time.
     
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    I use "dear" if I use anything.
     
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    I use babe a lot!
     
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    The closest I have come to using an endearment with a student is calling the girls "hun" as in "I'm sorry, Hun, but this is just going to have to be rechecked for grammar and spelling. You have missed quite a bit."
     
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    I'm always calling them sweetie, hon, honey, babe, etc.
     
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    I use 'cookie ' a lot.
     
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    I don't mean to, but sometimes when I'm speaking gently to a student or giving encouragement, I'll call them sweetie. It's the only endearment I've ever used. I'm in my late 40s so I think some of my students look at me as a mom figure.
     
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    My kids will accept anything except "baby," which I still call my 21 year old! Sometimes it just slips out.
     
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    With a group of them, I'll use mes amis (my friends). With my girls I'll use ma belle (my pretty one).
     
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    I use honey and sweetie frequently—I have a lot of mom in me for not being a mother. I would say unless I'm actually calling on students during instruction I use these terms of endearments more than their names.
     
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    Honeychild is reserved for when I'm upset. :)
     
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    I don't have kids but I use endearments all the time - particularly 'sweetheart'.
     
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    all the time... almost more than their names, because I have a terrible habit of saying anyone's name in my line of sight - so if there are a rug full of kids and I'm trying to call on one, the name that comes out is whoever my eyes hit first, and not necessarily the one I'm trying for!
     
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    Sweetie all the time, pet names I have given them that stick, "ladies and gentlemen" (often when they aren't acting that way, "My" girls/boys...., too many too count but they are little and like it. One of them is "My 6 oclock girl" cause she is never picked up early.
     
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    I'm a proper Southern girl, so everyone is "sugar" or "dahlin'" :)

    If I'm upset, I call them "precious" which is a running joke in my family. The "polite" way to say something or someone was distasteful is to say it was "precious".
     
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    I find myself using all kinds of things. Lovey, honey, sweetie, babydoll, duckling, munchybunchy, darling, my dear, my love.....and sometimes I get into an odd "McGee" mode where everyone becomes, for example, Susie McGee.....I don't understand that one at all.....

    I think sometimes, I am looking at them, and of course I know what their name is, but I can't make the right name come to my mouth, so I just call them...something.....usually something cutesy, and they laugh and think it is hilarious. Of course, they also think the word "crooked" is hilarious, so maybe they aren't the best judge of funny LOL. They are 3, 4, and 5.
     
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    I have one little girl who passed on from my class and took a downturn in attitude and expressed to me she was very unhappy in her new grade; heartbreaking! I started calling her my sunshine. It completely turned her around! It is a special connection we have, and whenever I say "Hey sunshine" or "Good morning sunshine," she perks right up. I think she needs a little extra she is not getting from her teacher, and just that greeting in the morning tells her, "You are a special girl! Hang in there and bring in the sunshine!"
     
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    I only say it will I am being sarcastic - I will call them my cherubs, chickapees, or my special people.

    Calling a student "my friend" was a running joke it my old school. It really meant something else that started with MF.
     
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    i call my kids a varitey of lovey names, sunshine, sweet muffin, babycakes, or any bunch of names that just rhymes with their own name, like bruce, we call him bruce the moose - he thinks it is hillarious :)
     
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    My students are my sweeties or I refer to them (as a group) as my "fine folk", as in "All right, my fine folk". Individually they are sir or miss, but most often their name.
     
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    Guilty. But I don't care. I really do love my kids. The first few times I use a term of endearment with a kid at the beginning if the year, others will laugh and point fun, but then I call those kids a term of endearment that stops and they realize my room is a safe place where they will be treated with love and respect. By the end of the first week of school, it is common place for the kids and they like it. They know they are in trouble when I call them by their entire name, middle name included. They have the fear of "Mom" then!
     
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    I usually call the children in my class by their own names-once in a while an endearment. Or I will call thewhole group-friends. I call the older children at my school sweetie or honey because I don't know their names!
     
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    yep! honey, hon, sweetie, and dear. Sometimes buddy or dude, but it's really hard to convey the tone in which it's said, lol. Sort of serious, but light...like, "Listen dude, you're going to need to get that finished if you're going out to recess." Or "Sloooow down a little buddy, we walk in the hall."
     
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    I do, all the time.
     
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    I use honey, hun, sweetie, darlin', and occasionally sugar.
     
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    Since Most of my students were hispanic I used mío, mía a lot,
    basically it is short for "my child"
     
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    Hun, sweetheart, sweetie, darlin' for the girls.......

    "Son" or actual first names for the boys.... For the boys who wear certain football jerseys with names on the back....... I might call them "Mr. Elway" or "Mr. Montana" ........ I also come up with fun nicknames for some of the boys which they enjoy immensely .......
     
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    I slipped once and started calling my girls sweetie. Not long after one of the girls blurted out, "I am nobody's sweetie!" She really was a sweet girl though.
     
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    I use them all the time (I am a mom and live in the South). However, what is really funny is when they slip and call me mom :) To me it is a compliment!!!
     
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    I do it once in a while if I am speaking in class but most of the time since I'm using sign language and I don't know any endearments in sign language, I don't. I do, however, use the word "friend" a lot to build that friend language in kindergarten.
     

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