Over the years, I’ve heard these lines often, but only now do I understand what they really mean. Only now do I understand why they lift up someone so much. They were glimpses of understanding for me growing up as an undiagnosed gifted child or they were great lines I picked up (or invented) along the way to lift up my own students (and my own children). Which have you used? Which others are uplifting? Isn’t it time we lifted each other?
Have you had similar joys?
“I love your questions!”
“Would you like to try?”
“That’s an interesting question.”
and my personal all-time very favorite-
“You’re a great thinker!”
These lines always implied to me that someone understood. Isn’t that really all we want?
Lines I liked to use in my classroom and use at home with homeschooling:
- “The WHY is important.”
- “Use your best approach!”
- “What do you notice?”
- “Keep dreaming.”
- “Use whatever colors you like.”
- “Be as creative as you like.”
Time flexibility always seemed to bring out the best.
- “Who’s got some great questions?”
- “Would you like more time to work on that?.” (One of the best reasons to homeschool a gifted child.)
- “Why don’t you get out your……and work on it?”
Who doesn’t wish to explain the reasoning behind a choice when others see it as incorrect?
- “Would you like to explain?”
- “You’ve really been thinking!”
- “Your explanation is really insightful!”
- “Have you considered this?”
When different means right!
- “Yours should not look like mine.”
- “How many different ways can you do it?”
- “There’s more than one right answer.” (But of course!)
Then there were the “real” compliments.
- “You’re always thinking.”
- “You read so much.”
- “This is really inventive!”
So, while it doesn’t look like we’ll be changing the world any time soon, at least maybe you can share these lines with your favorite gifted kid and tell them that there are some people out there who really do understand.
What are some of the BEST lines you’ve heard?