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March 09, 2014

What We Make Visible

A key premise of communications is that our tone, attitude and body language convey much more than our words. In fact...

...everything we do and wear and eat and especially our posture and tone of voice tells those around us far more than our spoken or written words.

Sometimes I remind my students that every act or decision is an endorsement. Our lived-out priorities continually demonstrate what is important to us.

As a teacher, I try to emphasize, for better or worse, that my priority is student success. This may look different with certain students or on different days or in a variety of learning situations and subject areas.

As teachers, we need to recognize that we demonstrate our values by our tone of voice, our use of technology and our respect for students and peers.

Our classrooms, our fashion sense and our conversations are constant expressions of what really matters to us, so take note of what we make visible.

For more on this subject, take a look here - http://www.literacyinlearningexchange.org/blog/what-we-make-visible.

As always, send us any new words, slang terms, teaching strategies or grammatical structures that baffle or inspire you and be sure to let us know what it is about language learning that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.

Morf

Posted by mmorf at March 9, 2014 11:28 PM

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