Gary Probst wrote:
Never in class refer to students as "you people."
Neal Steiger wrote:
> >reminded me of the Becoming a Master Student
> >video #5 "You create it all" by David Ellis.
> Craig, I don't know if mine was one of those threads or not, but a comment
> I made recently grew directly out of my appreciation of a revision Dave
> Ellis made of the Power Process, "You Create It All," when he changed it to
> "I Create It All" (its current name in the 8th edition of Becoming a Master
> Student (Houghton Mifflin).
> I happened to be at a seminar in South Dakota the year he did that. Dave
> explained that many people felt understandably condescended to when someone
> else, a stranger or even a friend, used the "You." Worse yet, it could
> have the effect of putting the speaker into the position of thinking that
> they knew better than the listener what they were experiencing. The "I"
> puts the personal responsibility back where it belongs, in the mind of the
> speaker, who can best teach by example.
> I suppose in a collaborative context, we might use the "We."
> Neal Steiger
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