Okay guys, if you were a reporter and you were covering a burglary, you would have to be objective, which means keeping all of your opinions and emotions out of your story. It might sound something like this: "At approximately 2:15 a.m last night, three suspects were seen entering the Quickie Mart on Rodeo Drive, wearing black ski masks. The suspects managed to flee the scene with..."At this point I noticed the students were beginning to fade. Enter curse word. Back to lecture:
Now, did you guys notice how there was no emotion or opinions expressed in this news story? It's not like the reporter said, "At 2:15 a.m last night, three suspects burglarized the Quickie Mart. OMG, this really pisses me off! What's up with all of these retard-criminals?"At this point, I had my entire class back, laughing and hollering. Simply from using one mild curse word. And once they're snapped back to attention, you have them for at least another good ten minutes before they start to fade again. The above was a longer example, but this technique can also be played out in a short and sweet fashion. Example:
Q: Mrs. P, why does the word 'goose' turn to 'geese', instead of 'gooses'?The key is you can't over-use this technique. If the word uttered isn't a shock to their system, it does no good.
A: Because it's one of those bastard words we talked about earlier that doesn't follow the rules.
On a somewhat related note, did you know that, according to Myth Busters, cussing actually increases your pain tolerance? So not only is some mild cursing good for student-learning, but it actually provides the teacher some much needed therapy throughout the day.
So teachers: Know your material, design engaging lessons, and...cuss a little. Join me next week for Part 2 of this series: How Vodka can improve student retention. ;-)