"A word is dead
When it is said
I say it just
Begins to live
- Emily Dickinson
The impact of one word can fill one with great joy, sadness, or anger. A thoughtful word builds. A careless one destroys. When a word is expressed, regardless of its form, it lives on. And by living on, it can make the person who states it foolish or wise. Words carry a deep meaning in the expression of an idea. It is finding the right words that will effectively communicate one's perspective.
In education, words are used to pass on knowledge; however learning does not just come from words being directed to a listener. Instead, it is the engagement and examination of articulated thoughts that fosters learning. Written or spoken, the interaction between two or more parties occurs, often leading to a dialogue and/or debate. The method of how one does this is crucial.
In a circle, it is usually requested that only "good" words are to be used. They not only are affirming, they also welcome positive energy, aiding in the sharing of thoughts, whether or not there is agreement. Should the opposite occur the reaction could be filled with bitterness and create a tense and disrespectful situation. In a classroom, an essay or textbook, indecent words distort and hurt. A constructive word teaches and invites.
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