Obfuscate to empower adolescents

Writing teachers should engage in obfuscation to empower adolescents’ adult aspirations.

Translation: Use adult words to hide “kid stuff.”

Classroom management is easier if teens get the respect they crave. So, for example, “establish classroom protocol” instead of having rules. Teens think rules are for kids. Most teens won’t know what protocol is, but it sounds way more grownup than following rules.

[This first appeared in the May 2008 issue of Writing Points ©2008 Linda G. Aragoni.]