Great phrases!

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  1. cmw

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    I just finished reading "Choice Words " by Johnston and it got me thinking about great phrases said by ourselves or other teachers. The PE teacher I worked with always had the "right way" to say things...to kids, to parents, etc... I'm looking for phrases that deal with any aspect of teaching...

    ...when dealing with parents
    ...when redirecting students
    ...when encouraging students etc...

    A couple I found recently that I like and adapted for my area...
    "What are you doing as a musician today?" (to be used when students are working on a project)

    "I can understand how you feel." (when a student is upset)
     
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    The lights are on but no-one is home
     
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    Oh dear, how sad, what a pity!
     
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    What does it say about dealing with the parents part? Any examples?

    Something I say a lot in math is "How are you challenging yourself?"
     
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    "Tell me more about that."
     
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    I like your "musician" one...all of my students are authors! :)
     
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    I wouldn't use this one. Nothing makes me madder than to hear somebody say that to me, so I wouldn't insult somebody else by saying it to them. No, you can't understand how a person feels, as you're not that person. You can understand that something might be dissapointing, upsetting, frustrating, make them mad, make them sad, ect, but you can't understand how they feel. There's a difference, and it's an important one.
     
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    Oh, and my favorite phrase for a misbehaving student is "You're better than that".
     
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    I like this one!
     
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    I was also going to post something about the "I understand how you feel" comment but decided not to, but... Yeah, I agree. Can't I just be upset or angry or hurt or whatever without someone else telling me they've been there, done that? It seems to make light of my situation.
     
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    "Yes, you CAN do math."

    "No, difficulty in math is NOT heriditary."

    "Brian, you're one heck of a nut job!" (from Kira to her big brother. Sorry, I had to slip that one in."
     
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    It reminds me of a list of things to say to praise kids we received when I was getting certified. One of them was "You came to school today!"-sometimes that's the only positive thing you can find (they always to show up to school ;) )!

    With parents I will often ask "what can I do?" - especially if it's a situation where they are upset about personal issues or have a concern in the class-"How can we fix this?".
     
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    When kids are upset instead of saying "I understand how you feel," I have heard teachers say "I understand you are upset" (or angry, frustrated, sad, etc.).
     
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    with students...

    What do you think would be (have been) a better way to handle that?

    You are my absolute favorite (insert student name here)!

    Good morning, (insert student name)! (I stand at my door and say this (or something similar) and shake each child's hand as they enter the door each day.

    We missed you!

    with parents...

    I would love to hear your ideas....

    How do you handle it....

    Hello? I just wanted to call and tell you that (insert student name) is having a fabulous day!
     
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    I use that!
     
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    That book didn't have anything about parents. It was based around literacy. However Tingley's book "How to Handle Difficult Parents" had great stuff. I read it last year and I'll review it again b-4 school starts.
     
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    I like to challenge my students to "Make the better choice." When they act out or have a difficult time I ask them "What's the good choice?"

    Life is all about choices, even in the classroom.
     
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    When I am trying to get a student to put a little hurry in their step
    "Today not tomorrow" I confuse several students when I first say this and I have to explain it, but after awhile you will hear them say it. It is soooo cute.
     
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    My kids always want to know who my favorite is. Rather than tell them I love everyone equally and hear them moan, I made up a chart and had everyone sign up for 5 minute time slots. That way, everyone gets to be my favorite every week.

    "I love you, but I don't love the attitude you're giving me."
    "I'm not Santa Claus. I don't give out grades - you earn them."
    "Grammar/reading/writing/vocabulary/homework doesn't kill. Being uninformed does."

    I also make sure I say hi to every kid, every period, and give them a high-five.
     
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    I always kid my classes about which one is my favorite.

    As in: "You guys used to be my favorite class. But Kate is chewing gum, so now ir's 5th period."

    They laugh, Kate gets rid of the gum, and life goes on.
     
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    I've overheard a few debates about which period Mrs. Teacher likes best, and I've been asked to settle a few arguments as well. It's so funny to know the students in different periods talk about being a teacher's favorite class...yet again proving that even though middle school students can act tough, they just want to be noticed and loved. :)
     
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    Haha! I like that. It's funny when I'll catch one doing something naughty during their favorite time... "Timmy! Go spit that gum out!"

    "But it's 11:08 on Tuesday. I'm your favorite student!"

    "You're going to get bumped if you don't spit it out."
     
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    I tell my kids "that's why I get the big bucks!" anytime they argue with me. I sent two boys to the office because they were fighting. The principal asked them why I had sent them to the office and one child responded, "Because she gets the big bucks." My principal lost it. She came to my room laughing her head off. The other thing I say is "Because my name is on the door." My principal shared that she heard my kids debating a rule I had told them and one little boy asked why...the other said "because her name is on the door, that is why."
     
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    too cute ! :lol:
     
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    I use that one too!
     
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    I often say you are my favorite (insert full name here).
     
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    I use it as well!
     
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    Can't is a "bad" word in my room...if you hear a child say it, the class gasps! :) I say "We are Amer I Cans not American'ts"!! If I get a new student you can hear the kids in the room telling them "don't say can't, Mrs. Beam doesn't like it"!
     
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    Love this thread :)

    We can all draw, not all of us draw well. (What I say when a student complains that they can't draw when I want them to draw in their notebooks. I can't draw well either and often demonstrate this on the board :) )

    How can I help? (to a student who is having behavioral issues)

    Thank you, and have a great rest of your day! (to dismiss)

    I'm calling because I know you expect better behavior for (students name) than (behavior)

    Thank you for sharing your children with me!
     
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    I use the "you can do better than that" comment quite often with kids. When I think about it, it is usually with the kids who I expect to be the leaders in the classroom.

    The "I understand how you feel". I think with younger kids, they quite often are looking for someone who relates to them, they want to know that they are not the only one who has been in their situation or felt that way.
    I usually follow it up with a story about myself and the situation I was in.

    "I don't expect perfection" I use that one quite often.
     
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    When kids say "I don't know" I say "Well what do you think you would say if you did know?"

    When kids say "Why do we have to learn that?" I say "Why would you ever question learning anything?"

    When kids ask how to spell something, I saw "D-I-C-T-I-O-N-A-R-Y". (It's funny when they start writing it down and then go "heyyy..." lol.)

    When they share too much information, which is a lot with high schoolers, I say "I'll take "Things I Didn't Need To Know" for $1000, Alex"
     
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    Kinda off subject, but I find it depressing when I tell them I sound like a broken record player and my class has no idea what I'm talking about. I'm getting old!
     
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    My favorites ...."because I'm the queen of this classroom" and since we're a Catholic school and start each period with a prayer..."Stop, drop, and pray" (I don't even get to finish, because they complete the "pray" part for me.)
     
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    Not so much for students, but the complainers in the school or the parents...

    Can you model that for me?

    How does that look to you?

    That kind of puts them on the spot! ;)
     
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    Oh, another favorite of mine:

    "This classroom is not a democracy, it's a benign dictatorship"
     
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    My friend's favorite: (for use in the faculty room only)

    Want to know where you'll find "Stupid" in the dictionary?
    Between "sh**" and "syphillis!!!"
     
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    I just remembered another favorite...

    "If your mama told you life was fair, she lied to you".
     
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    I work with the younger ones. The 2yrs that I was an assistant I learned a lot... and still have a long way to go. But here's a few for ya.

    1. I miss my mama. I miss mine too and make a pouty face.

    2. I want to go home... I do too.

    3. I can see that you are upset but I cannot talk to you when you are crying/upset. When you're ready to talk let me know. After 2-3minutes he would say he was ready to talk (on a good day!)

    4. I'm going to walk away now... 4&5yr olds hate for you to take the attention away... this worked wonders for the summer while I was nannying. I would tell him, "I'm going to walk away now." And he would straighten up.
     
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    So you are trying to put other teachers on the spot....
     
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    :lol: I say this too!
     

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