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Change Your Language: Change Your Mindset


As educators, we want to create empowering and engaging relationships with teachers, students, and parents. One tenet to that approach is successful and inspirational communication. However, if the language we use creates barriers to learning, our relationships may fail. Therefore, changing one’s language changes one’s mindset. Imagine what would happen if we changed our language with students, colleagues and parents? Instead of “grades,” when talking with students, we help them achieve their goals. Instead of referring to our students as struggling learners, we refer to them as developing learners; they’re just not there yet. Finally, instead of a rigorous classroom, we show parents our vigorous classroom of success. Changing one's language ultimately changes one's mindset.