Habit 5: Seek first to understand, then to be understood

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Reflection: At the beginning of the school year, I found a neat poster online that showed how to apologize. It had multiple steps, but were super simple, so I created a poster for it. The frames are: I am sorry for… It was wrong because … In the future I will… Is there anything I can do? I loved it. Super simple and perfect for 4th graders. In my head, this was going to play out so very well with my kiddos always using this template. Nope. Maybe a few times, but overall, not so much. The few times I did have students use it, it made a huge impact! I found myself using more “I felt … when you … “ with my students. They didn’t realize the effect their actions had on me. Now, I’ve been spending time with my cousin’s 3-year-old and I’ve been using these I feel statements to help him better understand how what he is doing is affecting me. He may be little, but he is starting to see the cause and effect of his actions.

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