This week’s lesson in well-being…

This week we are exploring:




  1. Xplain It!

Communication (from Latin commūnicāre, meaning “to share”) a process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs, or behavior. In this digest, we are exploring speaking and listening skills, the basic tools for conversation and building healthy relationships.


  1. Resources & Academic Perspective

All too often, what we try to communicate gets lost in translation. We say one thing, the other person hears something else, and misunderstandings, frustration, and conflicts arises.


Powerful communication skills includes the ability to understand the emotion and intention behind the information.

  1. X Tips

In this technology driven world, it’s more important than ever before to teach students how to have a healthy conversation. Check out these 8 Tips for Speaking and Listening:

  1. Model a Good Conversation – Make a point of having short conversations with each student a couple of times a week. Show them what listening and speaking looks like.
  2. Use Physical Cues – S.L.A.N.T – “Sit up, Lean forward, Ask and answer questions, Nod your head and Track the speaker”.
  3. Challenge Put-Downs – Ask students to repeat hurtful comments in a positive way.
  4. Ask Open-Ended Questions – To stimulate discussion and reinforce idea that different views are valid.
  5. Thinking instead of knowing – Don’t accept “I don’t know”. Encourage them to try or “Have a Go” by using the phrase… “If you did know, what could it be?” or “What do you think it could be?”
  6. Have a Chat – Informal chats before class or in the hall about current events build overall social interaction skills.
  7. Make Eye Contact – When a student is speaking in class and you are listening, give him or her your eye contact.
  8. Encourage Turn-Taking – Use an object, such as a talking stick, as a signal for turn-taking.


Bonus Fun:

Q: Which flower talks the most?
A: Tulips, of course, because they have two lips!”

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