I have just finished reading Word Shift and have enjoyed every word of it. It is an authentic and realistic portrayal of what is happening at schools and how as teachers we have the tendency and ease to attach labels to our students and coworkers and then to sit back and expect people to perform according to our assumptions. It's a negative and unfair practice, which produces negativity and mistrust. Thank you for pointing this out in your book in such an honest and clear way. It got me to reflect and change my attitude by double thinking the words I choose to describe those I serve. The least I can do. Thank you again, keep your decent work!!!
~Panagiota Paraskeva, Greece
More resources or word choices from readers...
I'm ready for your suggestions and ideas! ~Joy
From the NYT: What to Do When You've Said the Wrong Thing...
Resources from Word Shift
If the word is underlined, click for the link!
at-risk - Heather Shaw says it should be "at-promise" students - thanks to Victor Rios!
brainiac - Heather Shaw says "In addition, it may negatively impact those who never get the label."
busy - from Carla Meyrink
complaint - extra: complaint2
& bonus challenge --> complaint3
expect - try "believe" from Jenny O'Fee
extra credit 1
extra credit 2
guys - extra: guys2
ineffective teachers - try "ineffective teaching" suggests LaToya Dixon
let it go
non-racist - extra: non-racist2
people with autism - I learned in the #LeadLAP chat about #WordShift that most adults with autism prefer to be called autistic. They'd like their identity first, because it is not a negative term.
reluctant - Try "selective," as FifthGrade4ever suggests.
yell 2 - extra: yell 3
How are the children?