Do you use replacement words? Watch ‘till the end…

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Do you use replacement words? Watch ‘till the end…

I bet you won’t anymore.


Be-in-command-of-your-content-smI vacillated about using this tag line for your Zap of Wynn today, “Do you say penis or use a substitute word?” but I was nervous I’d get some sort of internet slap for having the word penis in a headline. Do those exist? If they do, I don’t want one.

Why did I even wonder about that? Glad you asked.

Today’s Zap of Wynn video is all about vocabulary. I won’t spoil any of the fun. Be sure to watch ‘till the end.

Have a super break if this is your week off and hang in there if yours is next week!




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| authenticity, students, teaching | April 13, 2014

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Wynn Godbold is a certified John Maxwell Team Leadership trainer, speaker, and coach.

3 Responses to "Do you use replacement words? Watch ‘till the end…"
  • Carmen April 14, 2014

    As a K teacher, I know that I am occasionally guilty of the alternate language – mostly when reading aloud if there is a word like “stupid,” I change it to “silly”. But I also try to make sure to use language (math and science words) side-by-side with the actual vocabulary. Even if it’s not in MY content, I know that my kids will need to know it eventually and I want to go ahead and expose them to the terms to hopefully set them up for success next year!

    • Wynn
      Wynn April 14, 2014

      You bring up a good point. Using replacements for words like stupid in stories has its place too. Sometimes reading a word such as stupid will get your class off on a tangent of talking about that word and whose mom says that is a bad word… Great example of when to use replacement words!

      Keepin’ it real with us. 🙂

  • Susan H. April 18, 2014

    In a read aloud if you know there are words that are unfamiliar or will get your students off on a tangent, talk about them before reading the story. We are going to hear this word….what do you know about it? This way you can share the author’s use of the word.
    When introducing the math terms, I said this is the word that a mathematician would use. This is the word that your third – fifth grade teachers are going to use. When you hear it you can say I learned this in Kindergarten. I know what it means and can use it. I too used the alternate words but after spending time in a week long math conference I realized we needed to use the correct terms and that K students are capable of taking on the term and using it correctly. I used the alternate words in an explanation but from then on used the correct term. They loved knowing they were using the big kids math words. These words were placed on a math word wall with an example the students came up with.

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