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Things I Say Over and Over

There are some phrases that I say over and over.  It gets to the point where the kids say these phrases along with me.
"When I'm done talking not before..."

"... in two shakes of a lamb's tail...

"turn and talk to your partner"

"We don't save places in line."

"Take a bow."

"Take a beanie."

"It's good to see you today."

"Your desk should look like ____'s."

"A wrong answer is better than no answer, because wrong answer means you tried."

"A mistake helps you learn.  That's how I got so smart."

"Thanks for making that mistake.  You helped us all learn."

"Thanks for bringing that to our attention."

"That's a great question."

"Exercise is good for the brain."

"It helps the brain remember if you...."

"As long as you do your best to learn, I'll do my best to make it fun."

I could go on and on, but I won't.  What phrases do you repeat a lot?


  1. Cute post! I'm forever saying...
    "Are you being a champ?"
    "Are your feet behind the feet in front of you?"
    "Our voices should be on level one."

    I could also go on and on...I bet my kiddos could answer this better than I can. :) hehe

    Ms. Preppy's Adventures in Primary and Polka Dots

  2. I love these. I think I need to print it out and adopt some of them. Thanks! They'll work just as well with my 4th graders.

  3. Ms. Preppy, I love those! I'm reminded of another one: "Nose and Toes facing the door." I've challenged them to try to point other parts away from the door... it can't be done!


  4. Thanks, Karen! It's taken me years to develop all of these!


  5. Whenever we are about to start group or individual work I say, "Nothing less..." and my students respond, "than your best!" It took less than a day for that to become habit!


  6. Jennifer, I love that one!



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