Good way to teach them about words... I don't know if any of you have been to a "Quantum Learning" presentation. It's really exciting stuff! Anyway, during the presentation for the students(elementary) the presenter was talking about how powerful words can be. She had a cardboard box that she could hold in her hands. She asked students to call out bad words that they could think of. For each bad word she would stab a hole in the box- not violently but enough to leave a hole. When they were done it showed that words can hurt, just as much as something physical. And that they stay. I think I might do that in my class in the beginning of the year. One kind of funny note- when asked to say mean words most went for dumb, fat, stupid, etc. but there was one girl who said "tity baby" as serious as anything. Not sure how that is spelled by the way. The other teachers and I were silently cracking up.