MODEL APPROPRIATE LANGUAGE
Why should I do it?
- Provides powerful instances to teach alternative behaviors and expectations
- The student learns by imitating adults
- Students repeat what they head and do what they see
- Teaches students alternative words to those that may be inappropriate, hurtful, mean, undesirable, etc
When should I do it?
- This intervention should be utilized at all times as children are always listening to what adults say and do
- Make a point to model appropriate language with students that may be:
- Saying mean things
- Saying self defeating remarks
- Saying perpetually negative comments
How do I do it?
- Regularly say the words, phrases, and responses you would like your students to exhibit whenever opportunities arise
- Model appropriate language regularly and frequently
- Explain to the students which words and phrases you would like them to replace with the more appropriate language and practice it with them in role plays
- When students say inappropriate things, stop them and remind them what the appropriate word or words would be, having them practice it
- Take students’ suggestions as to what appropriate words would be to get them involved
- Consider making a list or appropriate words and phrases and hanging it around the class