Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we can think about.
Benjamin Lee Whorf
I’ve been thinking a lot about the way we talk to each other as educators. What effect does that have on children’s learning? When we make a choice to call our time together “Collaboration ” instead of “staff meeting” does that elevate the subject matter to focus on children’s work instead of house keeping type topics? When we call each other “educators” in addition to “teachers” does that imply a different attitude? When we talk about our projections, intentions, and provocations instead of “plans” do we instill a sense of professionalism and a move away from didactic methods? By choosing certain words does it shape the way we think? Some might think we’re just putting on airs but I feel that we are trying to find strategies that support a new way of thinking about children and about our work together. What do you think?
- Choice Words: How Our Language Affects Children’s Learning – Peter H. Johnston – Google Books (inspirededucationalist.wordpress.com)