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SKILL CHECK: Mind your language, teachers!

A mature verbal skill is essentially an important tool and is not as difficult as it seems to appear.

Listen without being decisive; be straightforward than sarcastic, innuendo-a big ‘No’ and a kind word definitely works –Aparajita Srivastav

The choice of words, actions, and expression make an ever-lasting impact on students and what teachers utter can leave a scar for long, if

not forever. Although, it’s difficult to always speak in particular tone, still the choice of words, actions and expression make an ever-lasting impact on the memories of children.

When a child moves out of the protective atmosphere of home and enters a school, he/she looks for emotional support. Apart from teaching, teachers are responsible for the emotional health of children. Teachers shoulder a great responsibility with parents to build a high emotional quotient,

so that they develop into sentimentally unwavering individuals.

A mature verbal skill is essentially an important tool and is not as difficult as it seems to appear. Maturity in this respect comes with age and experience. A self-controlled individual will react more prudently to a situation.

Eventually, following critical control points can be designed to regulate our verbal and non-verbal impulses in purlieu of the students. They are:


Dodging your preconceived notion about a class or a student is the key to see the class with a different perspective. Being hypercritical just by engrossing into a discussion with a colleague should not be a reason behind framing an opinion. On the contrary, real life situations should be dealt with calmness and sensitivity.

Being empathetic

Children understand things with respect to their age. They are impulsive and overreact most of the times. It is during such times that teachers need to be calm and listen without being decisive. Most of the times, the conflict subsides on its own. Otherwise, a solitary thinking time can be made to analyse the situation better.

Respond not retort

A very fine line lies between responding in a firm tone and responding in a sharp tone. The differentiation has to be always critically checked. Children are unable to handle sarcasm and hence do not reply in the same gesture, although it hurts them utmost and soreness remains for long. A straightforward remark will be stress-free approach for them, which they pick up quickly.

Settling an anxious, inquisitive and demanding group is not a leisurely task, be it any individual, still it is focal to stabilise the children before teaching a subject. The job can be accomplished when we mind our words. The way we speak to our children becomes their inner voice.      aparajita srivastav

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