Critical Thinking

10 Ways to Make Your Words Matter as a Teacher

Words have power—the power to heal and to hurt, to build and to destroy.

Words have power—the power to heal and to hurt, to build and to destroy. As a teacher, you always want to help your learners build and progress as much as possible. So you must make your words matter as much as you can.

Our inner self is expressed through the language and words we use when connecting with others. It is revealed when we're happy, anxious, joyful, or under stress. 

As the late Wayne Dyer said, people are like oranges—what comes out when we're squeezed is what's inside of us. 

It's a simple awareness that can impact our interactions with others profoundly.

It's no different during the school day, either. Papers pile up, administrative requests are made, and students get difficult. During this time teachers are talking and interacting most of their day, often under heavy stress. 

Unfortunately, we don't always focus on the impact of the words we use as much as we should in the moments we use them. 

When you get squeezed, what comes out of you? These are the times when you must understand the power of words more than ever.

How to Make Your Words Matter

This simple infographic below is courtesy of We Are Teachers, and its message is simple: your words matter. 

Your words matter when you provide mindful feedback. They matter when your learners look to you for guidance after struggling with a concept. They matter when they lash out, clam up, or feel like quitting altogether. Most of all, your words matter in all those little moments when you think they don't. 

Consider these 10 common things teachers and parents both say, and how to turn them around. Remember to always make your words matter, no matter what.