Recently I was able attend a workshop by Eric Jensen (author of Teaching with Poverty in Mind). I chose his workshop, because his book was one of the books that changed me as an educator because it gave me a lot of insight into what it is like for some of our students to come to school hungry, worrying about issues at home, or who have suffered trauma.
One section of his presentation resonated with me because this situation had happened to me recently with someone who was in education (not anyone from MURSD). I had been speaking with someone who taught special education and who kept referring to their students as the "low" kids. Now I"m sure this educator (who I had just met and did not know well) probably loves their kids, and works really hard everyday, but I had this thought, that I wouldn't ever want their students to hear them referred to as "low" and as parent I would never want a teacher to refer to my child as "low." Words matter.
Eric spoke about the power of words, expectations, and what skills research shows can be taught. He emphasized that in his building:
Challenge for the Week:
Reflect upon the three statements he shared in your own work, in our schools, and in our society. Just as we talk about growth mindset, one step is to "change your words to change your mindset."