Roughly Speaking - Students & Abusive Language
Help Your Students Learn Respectful Ways of Communicating
Are you tired of hearing students use abusive language swearing, name calling, or threatening?
As educators we must help students understand what we expect of them and how we want to be treated verbally and otherwise. In some cases, we may be the only person teaching them what is a respectful way to talk to another person. We can begin by giving them feedback on how they are communicating and being good role models by speaking to them with respect.
- Abusive Language: Is Anybody Listening?— Interview with a science teacher in working in a suburban Maryland high school
A Substitute Talks About Abusive Language —Interview with a K-12 substitute teacher working full-time in an urban school district in California
- Custodian Sees More Polite Kids, Less Abusive Language—Interview with a custodian working in a rural Illinois elementary school
- Driver Doesn't Tolerate Abusive Language —Interview with a bus driver working with elementary and middle school students in suburban Pennsylvania
- No Swearing - Seven teachers talk about keeping school language clean (Selected answers from Works4Me discussion board, 2008)
Here are three articles on the anti-swearing campaign a Washington high school teacher launched with her students.
- Students Pledge Not to Swear—Teacher & students launch Dare Not To Swear.
- Anti-Swearing Campaign Takes Off—Students talk about swearing at their school—before the campaign and now.
- Keeping the Anti-Swearing Campaign Alive—School activities keep students on track.
I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.
—Xenocrates (396-314 BC)