Growing Greatness Family Update
February 8 - 12, 2021
This Week Habit 5 SEEK FIRST TO UNDERSTAND, THEN TO BE UNDERSTOOD,
Overview - Listen before you talk.
WORDS: Understanding, Confidence, Experience
Aimsweb and NWEA testing continues.
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SIT Meeting 2:30 - We would love parent participation.
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Wednesday, 2/10/21 A-Day
Students have activities on their page.
This is a good day to practice iRead, RAZ kids and Xtra Math
Half Day - Dismissal at 11:20
No school Monday, 2/15 - Presidents Day Holiday
Habit 5 Overview
When we Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood, we have a mindset of win-win. We act with consideration as we seek to understand the other person’s point of view. We act with courage as we express our own views with clarity and respect. To Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood: 1. Practice Empathic Listening. 2. Respectfully seek to be understood.
Practice Empathic Listening Empathic Listening is not just listening with our ears. It ls listening with our eyes and heart too.
Empathic Listening Tips:
• Say, “Take your time… I’m listening,” and really mean it.
• Focus on the other person’s point of view.
• Put yourself in the other person’s shoes.
• Ask clarifying questions to help the speaker explore his or her thoughts and feelings.
• Don’t be in a hurry. Give the other person time and space to think.
• Don’t worry about perfect. Focus on being genuine and empathic in body language and in the words you use.
Respectfully Seek to Be Understood. Seeking to be understood is the second half of effective communication. Once others feel understood, they are open to hearing your point of view. Tips for Seeking to Be Understood:
• Make sure you take the time to understand the point of view of the other person or people before you seek to be understood. Are you clear about theirs needs, interests, concerns, and priorities?
• Get really clear on what you want to say.
• Share your point of view with both the courage of your convictions and consideration of others’ viewpoints.
• Use proactive language and “I” messages.
• Avoid “You” messages and language that blames or accuses.
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