As my major hints, I am very passionate about the education of young children and I love talking about what I believe should and should not be taught/said/done in an elementary classroom. That being said, I thought it would be interesting to explore the idea of rhetoric in adolescent classrooms.
From upholding the little white lies about Santa Clause and the Tooth Fairy, to trying to explain why we should be nice to each other, teachers strategically practice the use of rhetoric on a daily basis. Especially at the younger ages of 5-8, children really love one word: “why?”. Because that’s true, teachers must be equipped with a minimum of two different ways of saying the same thing at all times. Whether they are trying to explain why 2+2 equals 4, or tactically answering the “where do babies come from?” question, teachers must always be mindful of what they are saying and more importantly, how they are saying it.
In my various field placements in the elementary school setting, I have already picked up on some strategies to use for various settings such as trying to draw a child’s attention back into the activity we are doing, or resolving a silly argument between two classmates and carrying on with class. The power of rhetoric is truly huge in the elementary classroom because children’s minds are sponges and they are constantly seeking to know more and understand anything and everything their teachers say. That being said, it is so crucial to use your words wisely in that setting in order to make the most of strategic and educational rhetoric.