I have a good opportunity coming up to practice the seek first to understand, then to be understood habit. I have a student who has been having problems with her group project (multiple absences, poor communication with her group members), to the point where her group kicked her out. E-mails and warnings sent to her by her group were never acknowledged, so they implemented the clause in their group contract that allowed them to remove her from the group. I thought this was a cut and dry case, but the student’s mother believed it to be unfair and strongly protested the removal. So now we’re going to have a meeting in person, to see how we can resolve the issue together. This will be a great opportunity for me to seek first to understand (mom’s position), and only then to be understood. As far as teaching this concept, I will apply it in my Music Appreciation class. We are gearing up for our big concert, and often times problems arise in a band, when some band member may feel as though others are not pulling their weight. I will teach them this concept, so that inter-band members issues can be resolved more thoughtfully, and the true roots of problems can be brought out into the open.
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