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A word to the wise: sharpen up your vocab

The words that we use as teachers have enormous power. Our choices of words can defuse difficult situations or inflame them. They can also change how risks and emotions are viewed.

It is widely accepted that phrases such as “ability grouping” come with perceptions and, Becky Francis and her colleagues Becky Taylor and Antonina Tereshchenko vividly describe the impact of being “bottom-set students”.

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