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Ann Larson Ericson

I agree, Barbara! I don't think you can ever go wrong using "please" when asking students to do something. It's all in the tone you use—direct and matter-of-fact sends the message that you know they'll comply and that "please" at the beginning or the end of your statement adds that bit of politeness and respect that honors our students.


Barbara Forshag

This was a big topic of conversation in several of the workshops this summer. We wrestled with the use of please. I've tried to make it my practice to put please at the end of the direct language. I want to be polite in my commands but not appear to be begging. Adding please at the end shows I'm trying to be polite, but I want to also be direct!

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