Eleven Things Never to Say to Students

Along with the Five Things We Do Wrong, there are eleven things we should never say to students (Thompson, 1997).

1.“Come here!” Actually means “run away.”

2.“You wouldn’t understand” means “you’re stupid.”

3.“Because those are the rules.”

4.“It’s none of your business.”

5.“What do you want me to do about it?”

6.“Calm down!”

7.“What’s your problem?”

8.“You never…” or “you always…”

9.“I’m not going to say this again!”

10.“I’m doing this for your own good.”

11.“Why don’t you be reasonable?”


Thompson, G. (1997). Verbal Judo: Redirecting Behavior With Words. Jacksonville:           Institute of Police Technology & Management.

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