13 Rules for Effective Communication in the Classroom #4 - Generalizations


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http://createdforlearning.blogspot.com/2014/08/13-rules-for-effective-communication-in_9.htmlBut what if they do those things all the time? Then the label is true, isn’t it! Maybe. But just because something is true, doesn’t mean it needs to be said. It’s one of the internal lies our brain tells us — I’m just being honest. Our student does something enough times and we start throwing around general statements about their personality, behavior, or character.
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in specifics. "I like the paint strokes
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Remember, our goal isn’t to fight. We don’t want to make our students mad. The problem is that these generalizations don’t deal with the specific situation at hand, and that should be our goal. Deal with the Right Here and Now, and try to tap into their hearts and minds.
So instead of a general statement like, “You never listen to me,” which breaks Rules #1, 2, & 4, we could say something like, “Just now when I asked you to get your Grammar Ninja packet out and turn to the Conjunctions page, I felt like you weren’t listening to me.”
If our student chooses to get mad now, it’s much less likely to be our fault. And when we choose to say our words that way, I’ll bet we’re much more likely to control our own anger.


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