This week, students have been continuing their work on problem solving. The last time we met, we learned about and reviewed “I feel” and “you feel” statements. They look like this:
I feel __________ when you ________. I would like you to __________.
You feel _________ when I _________. You would like me to _________.
For this lesson, students continued to work with this problem solving strategy. They brainstormed different I feel and you feel statements they might use to resolve different conflict situations. We also started our discussion on bullying. In our lesson, we defined bullying as repeated unexpected behaviors directed at another student. Often, these behaviors make the target, or victim of bullying, feel upset and scared. We talked about how bullying is different than other problem situations in that the strategies to solve most problems are no longer effective, making the victim feel powerless. We will continue our discussion on bullying the next time we meet.
In the meantime, please continue to encourage your children to try strategies like I feel sentences at home. Practice is important for many things, including (and perhaps especially) problem solving.
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