The language we use contributes to the results we have and the outcomes we see. While teaching students with unfinished learning, it’s even more important to be strengths-based and solution-focused. If you want to bring out the best in your students, build their confidence in math, and help them achieve their highest potential, it starts with the language you use. Asset-based language empowers students while deficit-based thinking reveals limiting beliefs and low expectations. Both can lead to inequitable teaching practices which increases the opportunity gap. In this episode, l share 12 phrases in need of an asset-based language makeover to help you catch and replace deficit thinking you may have related to math teaching and learning.
Summary & Highlights:
In this episode, Chrissy shares information about how teacher mindsets and language influence students’ success in math, including:
an example from her own childhood showing the negative impact of deficit language
why it’s important we use empowering language in the classroom and how our beliefs impact student outcomes
Robert Rosenthal’s 1964 experiment showing the impact of teachers’ beliefs on student performance
two illustrations of how teachers’ beliefs become a self fulfilling prophecy, one positive and one negative
12 deficit-based statements and how they can be rewritten using asset-based language