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ERIC Number: EJ935087
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1945-9009
The Power of "We" Language in Creating Equitable Learning Environments
Erb, Cathy Smeltzer
AILACTE Journal, v7 p83-91 Fall 2010
Effective teaching values the classroom as a learning community in which instructional approaches optimize learning for all students. Contrary to the principles of an equitable learning environment is the use of "me" language by teachers, a practice that promotes the role of teacher as high status and inadvertently excludes students from the learning process. This article promotes the use of "we" teacher language as a practice that is inconsistent with the principles of creating equitable learning environments for all students. While the implementation of inclusive language is a relatively simple change in teaching practice, the shift to "we" language requires a philosophical transformation in teaching and learning. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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