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Teaching Methodology & The Art of Teaching – Inclusive & Accepting Word Choice

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we review the effects of a teacher’s word choice in creating an inclusive and accepting practice space.

Objective

Become competent in choosing words that inspire an inclusive and accepting environment in which to practice yoga.

Description

Explain an implication of the word “minority” vs. “diversity.” Describe ways that teaching might imply a hierarchy of value or accomplishment. Provide potential benefits of using invitational language and provide an example. Describe the difference between invitational language and giving wishy-washy instructions. Give an example of an inappropriate assumption about students’ relationships with their bodies.

Questions Answered Here

  1. Describe an implication of the word “minority” vs. “diversity.”
  2. In what ways might you be implying a hierarchy of value or accomplishment?
  3. What is an example of invitational language?
  4. Describe the difference between invitational language and giving wishy-washy instructions.
  5. What are some potential benefits of using invitational language?
  6. What is an example of a common (but inappropriate) assumption about students’ relationships with their bodies?

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