At a far west Madison school, the News 3 Topnotch Teacher for October 2013 is imparting on students the power that words can have on others.
In early October, Dana Munoz' sixth-grade class at Toki Middle School was working on its class contract, an agreement about how the students are going to interact with each other for the school year.
"Those usually include things they believe about themselves or they believe about the world and that they really want to happen," Munoz said. "It sets the tone or the foundation for the rest of the year. I refer to it all the time."
Munoz, who's been working at Toki for five years, teaches language arts and likes to emphasize to her students that words, whether written or spoken, can be quite powerful in good or bad ways.