How does it make students feel when you say, “Ok, this is easy?” Yes, maybe it is easy for half or even three quarters of the class. Perhaps it’s even easy for 90% of your students. But what about that one student that it’s not easy for? What have you just done to their self image and feeling of self worth since they can’t answer the “easy” question.
I first heard to avoid this phrase back during my student teaching. It was the most valuable piece of information I took away from that in-service, and it has stuck with me to this day. My cooperating teacher and I had quite a conversation about it because it was a phrase she used regularly in her classroom, and I had become guilty of it as well. We made a pact to not say it again and let the other one know if we caught them without their realizing it!
I try very hard to avoid this phrase in my room every year. When I have students blurt out, “That’s so easy!” we have a discussion shortly thereafter. I want students to realize the power those three little words can have. We all have different strengths and weaknesses in life, so we don’t want to make others feel bad because something is easy for us. After all, there will be a time when something isn’t so easy for us!
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