Does it matter HOW you ask a question?
Of course it does! If I came up to you and said “take me out to dinner,” you would think I was rude and you wouldn’t want to take me! But if I said “we need to go out to dinner!” You probably would say, “yes we do!”
The same thing happens with students. If we ask them to do something in a way that makes them feel like it’s an invitation they will be way more apt to do it! Also, changing the word “I” to “we” automatically makes the student feel more comfortable in your presence. For example; “we need you to sit down please,” rather than, “I need you to sit down please,” will make them think that everyone, not just you, want them to sit down. Peer pressure is huge and you can use it in a constructive way to help you!
Simply changing a few words can impact your entire day, I know because I’ve tried! Try this simple change and let me know how it goes in your classroom!
For more information on classroom management and the program this idea comes from check out my page: Classroom Management at its finest!