In Early Childhood at AISE, students are elevated and encouraged to realize their endless potential by teachers changing the way in which they speak to them. When students write, they are called “authors.” When they read, they are “intellectuals.” When they explore, the become “scientists.” Using generic terms such as “boys & girls” and “ladies & gentlemen” limits students’ vocabulary acquisition and self-awareness. In contrast, using diverse descriptions with the children builds their vocabulary and helps them understand that they fit into more than one or two pre-determined categories. In other words, if we tell a young child every day that they are an engineer, a poet, a coder, an actor, or a meteorologist, not only are they learning the meaning of these words, but we are now implanting the idea that these goals are within their reach. Changing our language changes their perspective – and it could even change our own perspective as well!