Communicating Effectively

People fail to get along because they fear each other.  They fear each other because they don’t know each other. They don’t know each other because they have not effectively communicated with each other.
— Martin Luther King, Jr

Grades K-12

Effective communication is critical to social interaction and, via both process and content, this Sharing Circle activity helps develop the two main components of communication: expression and listening.

While it seems only natural that humans should equitably exchange their thoughts and feelings, many have not acquired the skills necessary to communicate with the understanding and empathy needed to bind relationships.  One of the major reasons we experience problems in communication is that we forget that individual experiences are never identical.  Yet, when we develop a closer understanding of what others experience, we find more agreement than disagreement.  In this Sharing Circle students have an opportunity to examine the importance of good listening.

Here’s a Sharing Circle That Focuses on Communicating Effectively

This Sharing Circle topic comes from The Sharing Circle  Handbook (Grades K-12). The topic is, I Told Someone How I Was Feeling.

  Here’s Your Monday Morning Sharing Circle. Enjoy!

Do you want more information? • Leading a Sharing Circle • Sharing Circle Rules • Books and Resources   • Free Activities   • Subscribe

www.InnerchoicePublishing.com

Here’s How It’s Done

Gather everyone into a circle. Explain the rules for sharing, and get agreement from everyone that they will follow the rules.

Sharing Circle Rules:

  • Everyone gets a turn to share, including the leader.
  • You can skip your turn if you wish.
  • Listen to the person who is sharing.
  • There are no interruptions, probing, put-downs, or gossip.
  • Share the time equally.

After everyone has shared, who wants to share, ask the discussion questions. Get more in-depth information here.

Just click HERE to open a fully reproducible PDF of this Sharing Circle activity…

If you like our blog resources and would like to receive them regularly, please subscribe above or on our website at www.InnerchoicePublishing.com

If you are already a subscriber, I hope you find this activity valuable. Help us grow our blog by sharing these activities and encouraging others to join.

Thank you. Thanks so much for reading!

Susanna


Helping Students Manage Negative Thinking

Grades 3-8

Students are often confronted with situations in their lives that produce hurt, anger, fear, grief, anxiety, and confusion.

Here Is A Great Resource for You

Here’s an activity that is an effective group counseling session as well as a solid classroom experience designed to harness the power of eclectic grouping by bringing students together, not only to be heard, but also to provide a support system for each other in the midst of their own hurting and healing. It is based on the premise that acknowledging hurt is one critical step in the process of healing. Developing compassion, forgiveness and moving beyond pain are other critical steps that can be facilitated in the context of group dynamics.

In this activity we are helping the students discover the power of thought and how it can help in their healing process.

You can check the book out HERE.

Just click HERE to open a fully reproducible PDF of this activity and experience sheet…

If you like our blog resources and would like to receive them regularly, please subscribe here or on our website at www.InnerchoicePublishing.com

If you are already a subscriber, I hope you find this activity valuable. Help us grow our blog by sharing these activities and encouraging others to join. Thank you.

Thanks so much for reading!

Susanna