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Teachers and students must master the art of apologising

Saying sorry properly requires taking responsibilty

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“Say sorry!” I demanded.

“Sorry…” Dean mumbled.

“Look at Harry when you say it!” I added, getting louder.

“Sorry…” Dean whispered.

“Now say it like you mean it!” I insisted, exasperated.

“Sorry…” Dean repeated, reluctantly but ever so slightly more firmly.

I’ve been this adult in the past, both as a teacher and as a parent – and I suspect you may have been, too. Sorry is a word that we hear or request numerous times a day in our schools, so much so that it can sometimes be automatic.

For both children and adults, it can be a learned response to situations where harm – whether accidental ...

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