What happens when we are intentional and proactive with our words. For instance, I always tell my students,
“Stop talking, _______.” 
And they normally rebuttal,
“I’m not the only one talking!”

It is normal to feel embarrassed and ostracized when we
are called out on our sh’t—adults, children, even pets experience this discomfort at various points in their lives. Lately, I’ve been wondering how much control I have over the responses that are triggered within my students when I am not being impeccable with the choice of my words. Will the instrinsic motivation of our students rise if we increase  intentionality? 

What if I say,
“If your name starts with a letter between A through Z,
stay engaged.”

What do you notice?

•It is indirect 
•It may prompt students to pause and think before responding 
•It avoids negative words e.g., stop, don’t, no
•It invites students back into the learning zone

I am going to do some research to back my theory over my
Spring Break. Then, I’ll sketch an implementation plan. If this works, my data can be used to show the urgency of training teachers in using intentionality as behavior management. 


  1. Valencia, thank you! I am inspired by your diligence to your self discovery, and therefore your work in the classroom. As this is something with I am trying to grow in as well (intentionality as it relates to behavior management) can you make a post about other strategies/language you use, or any source text that has helped you reflect on the need for this?

  2. Thank you for this! I felt like this the other day. I am definitely going to try this and my classroom and stop focusing on the negative and give my kids a more indirect response. Love all that you do:) I miss you on IG!


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