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PostSubject: CL : What's in a Name?   2nd December 2015, 11:28 pm

How do you refer to the students in your class when addressing them? At first glance, this may seem like a trivial issue; but consider how many times throughout the day we speak to students to get their attention. The patterns we establish for naming our class will be repeated over and over all year long, so getting ourselves into the right habits—naming our class in ways that shape positive identity—can have a profound impact on how students see themselves, which will in turn impact how they work, learn, and respond to us and to each other.

Here's a summary of names commonly used along with a few you might like to try instead.

Avoid  
"Boys and girls"                    
Why
Is gender the most important characteristic of our students? Do we want to emphasize gender?

"Ms. Petersen's Class"
Why
This emphasizes the teacher as the defining feature of the class. It also sounds as if the students belong to the teacher.

"Little Duckies," "Kiddies," "Peanuts," etc.
Why
Any name that sounds cutesy or makes students sound like pets may be off-putting and feel disrespectful.

Instead, Try
"First graders"
Why
Straightforward and descriptive, this is an easy substitute for "boys and girls."

"Scientists," "Readers," "Mathematicians," etc.
Why
Used when teaching a particular content area, these names all imply that students are engaged in meaningful work.

"Magicians," "Team Thinkers"
Why
Consider having your class brainstorm and choose a class name that can be used throughout the year.



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PostSubject: Re: CL : What's in a Name?   2nd December 2015, 11:55 pm

Good to know about this.
I will avoid using "" Boys and Girls" because I like to say it a lot.
Thank you for let me know about what I should not call my students.

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