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Addressing Unhelpful Actions: Back Pocket Words and Phrases

Updated: Jul 21, 2022

Following on from the work of Jen Alexander,. She has written the book, "Building Trauma-Sensitive Schools: Your Guide to Creating Safe, Supportive Learning Environments for All Students".

She has suggested that when we see students carrying out unhelpful actions, teachers could use the following phrases:

  • What’s up, ( of student)?

  • I see you need help with . . .

  • What is the rule about . . . ?

  • Where are you supposed to be?

  • What are you supposed to be doing?

  • I bet you heard me the first time. If not, ask.

  • Let’s see if you can answer that question all by yourself.

  • Do you think it would work better to tell me or to ask me about that?

  • Do you think that will make things better or worse for you (or for our class)?

  • Are you trying to push me (or someone else) away right now?

  • Time for a do-over


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