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Vocabulary discussion: Communication skills terminology

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Class will discuss some Communication Skills terminology used in several of the Conflict Resolution lesson plans.

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Click one of these links to read the following Sections 1-2 of these Communication Skills Middle School lesson plans:

  1. Goofy Jane
  2. Josh Takes a Risk
  3. Little Red-Riding-Hood and Omega Wolf

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Section 3: Vocabulary (Class will discuss any still unclear Glossary of Terms.)

1. Teacher says or asks: How would you define what it means to make good eye contact?

Students Respond: Accept reasonable answers such as eye contact is looking other people in the eyes.

2. Teacher says or asks: How would you define what it means to make good observations with others?

Students Respond: Accept reasonable answers such as noticing when it is appropriate to speak and when you should be simply listening.

3. Teacher says or asks: How would you define what it means to use good body language?

Students Respond: Accept reasonable answers such as body language consists of facial expressions and the actions you do with your hands and body to express an emotion.

4. Teacher says or asks: How would you define what it means to be a good listener?

Students Respond: Accept reasonable answers such as you give other people a chance to talk as you actively listen to what they have to share.

5. Teacher says or asks: How would you define what it means to be careful about the way you speak?

Students Respond: Accept reasonable answers such as the way we talk refers to that the flavor or connotation of the words can totally change by the volume, tone of voice, and attitude with which the words are stated.

6. Teacher says or asks: How would you define what it means to use good volume when you talk?

Students Respond: Accept reasonable answers such as use appropriate volume to fit the situation in which you find yourself. If you were in a church, you would probably use a quiet voice. If you were on the sports field, you would probably use a loud volume. If you were a cheerleader, you would use a really loud volume. If you were a teacher or an actor on the stage, you would use a loud enough volume so that everyone could hear you. If you were around young children who were taking a nap, you would use a very quiet volume.

7. Teacher says or asks: How would you define what it means to keep an adequate distance from another person?

Students Respond: Accept reasonable answers such as adequate distance refers to that people have their personal boundary space inside of which they don’t want people invading. They want people to keep a comfortable distance from them.

8. Teacher says or asks: How would you define what it means if you were told or you were striving to not fidget?

Students Respond: Accept reasonable answers such as don’t fidget refers to the little actions that people do with their hands or their body that are very distracting. For example, they might play with their hair or jewelry or pick at their clothes. They might scratch their arms or legs or face. they might sway back and forth or rock side to side. These are all fidgeting-type motions.

9. Teacher says or asks: How would you define what it means to use a normal pitch?

Students Respond: Accept reasonable answers such as normal pitch refers to that people can speak in a normal tone. When they are not, they are usually speaking in a high falsetto voice or a low, almost masculine-sounding pitch.

10. Teacher says or asks: How would you define what it means to demonstrate self-control?

Students Respond: Accept reasonable answers such as self-control is to restrain, regulate, and direct oneself to act in ways that you and others feel are appropriate. To exercise authority over one’s own actions, thoughts, and words.

11. Teacher says or asks: How would you define what it means to value and respect others?

Students Respond: Accept reasonable answers such as to feel that other people are full of worth, merit, usefulness, and importance. To hold others in high regard and esteem. To be considerate of others and to show concern for them. To feel other people are worthwhile and that they merit your respect and esteem.

12. Teacher says or asks: How would you define what it means value and respect yourself?

Students Respond: Accept reasonable answers such as to feel full of worth, merit, usefulness, and importance. To hold oneself in high regard and esteem. To be considerate of one’s self and to show concern for self. To feel one is worth meriting respect & esteem from others. To feel motivated to be good or proper in behavior and to demonstrate conventional conduct.

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Click one of these links to return to the following Communication Skills Middle School lesson plans:

  1. Goofy Jane
  2. Josh Takes a Risk
  3. Little Red-Riding-Hood and Omega Wolf

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