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Word of the Day: Peace

November 18, 2016
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I am reminded of a quote from the 1993 book by Mary Rose O’Reilly, The Peaceable Classroom.

“Is it possible to teach English so that people stop killing dove_peaceeach other?”

I  have always believed I could teach this way, and I still believe I (we) can.

PEACE

1: a state of tranquillity or quiet:

as

a: freedom from civil disturbance

b: a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom

2: freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions

3: harmony in personal relations

4:

a:  a state or period of mutual concord between governments

b:  a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity

  1. —used interjectionally to ask for silence or calm or as a greeting or farewell

    –at peace

    :  in a state of concord or tranquillity

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peace

 

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Word of the Day: Thoughtful

November 17, 2016

thoughtful
adjective thought·ful \ˈthȯt-fəl\
Simple Definition

:serious and quiet because you are thinking
:done or made after careful thinking
:showing concern for the needs or feelings of other people

Source: Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary

All three definitions are useful!

Word of the Day: Considerate

November 15, 2016

considerate

adj: showing concern for the rights and feelings of others

Being considerate is being polite and caring. People like it when you’re considerate of their feelings.img_2168

We could all probably be more considerate of others: this word means you’re thinking of other people — considering them — and then treating them decently and with respect. It’s considerate to say “please” and “thank you” to people. It’s considerate to excuse yourself, rather than walking out and slamming the door. Asking someone how they feel is usually considerate. A considerate person is kind and thoughtful — a good person to know.

https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/considerate

How can you be considerate today?

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Word of the Day: Patience

November 14, 2016

Patience
noun
1. the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like.

2. an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay
http://www.dictionary.com/browse/patience

Word of the Day: Respect

November 11, 2016

respectrespect

noun re·spect \ri-ˈspekt\

Simple Definition of respect

: a feeling of admiring someone or something that is good, valuable, important, etc.

: a feeling or understanding that someone or something is important, serious, etc., and should be treated in an appropriate way

: a particular way of thinking about or looking at something

Consider playing the song RESPECT by Aretha Franklin. Discuss the meaning of respect. Have students give examples of what respect looks like and sounds like in action. Put students in groups of four and have them create an acrostic poem for the word RESPECT. Encourage students to be creative and to decorate artfully. Share and post in the classroom or hallway.

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Everyone has value

Smile

Please

Equality

Civil

Thank you

Model respect today. Join the Campaign for Civility!

Word of the Day: Kind

November 10, 2016
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kind

adjective

Simple Definition of kind:

having or showing a gentle nature and a desire to help others : wanting and liking to do good things and to bring happiness to others

Synonyms: attentive, considerate, thoughtful

merriam-webster.com

How can you be kind today?

Choose Kind Resources

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Word of the Day: Civility

November 9, 2016
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civility

noun ci·vil·i·ty \sə-ˈvi-lə-tē\

Simple Definition of civility

:polite, reasonable, and respectful behavior

civilities: polite actions and words

Source: Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary

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