A recent workshop at The Chandler School explored the concept of Assertive Skills for students, parents, and teachers. Assertive skills encourage us to identify our needs and communicate them in a manner that promotes problem solving and builds self confidence.
The Chandler School in Greenville, SC has developed a unique Multiple Intelligences program. Utilizing Dr. Howard Gardner’s framework for Multiple Intelligences, students learn that they have many gifts and talents beyond the scope of reading, writing, and math. Insights into each student’s uniqueness build confidence and open avenues of growth for school and for life.
Executive Functioning (EF) skills have received heightened attention in the last few years in educational settings because these skills provide the mechanism for task initiation and execution. At a recent workshop at The Chandler School eight aspects of EF skills were discussed and intervention strategies were explored.
At a recent workshop at The Chandler School I reviewed the issues that are prevalent with “uncommon learners.” These constructs include learning disabilities and symptoms of ADHD. Anxiety, depression, and stress may also negatively impact a student’s ability to learn in school. An unexplained inability to learn needs further investigation for students to succeed and reach their potential.
Summer is coming and although school will be out of session, do not neglect your assertive skills tools. You will need them now – more than ever! Be clear with your brother about your electronic devices by stating “I” messages. For example, “May I use your 3DS for an hour?” Reread the section on conflict management for reduced fights at home. Set a goal or two for the summer; a reasonable accomplishment that you can be proud of.
“This blog is directed to parents and care-takers of children and adolescents. In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and other incidents of violence in our country, it is incumbent on us that we become more observant of our children (regardless of their age) and how they spend their time. Viewing and interacting with violence on TV, video games, or on the computer has the potential to increase a child’s tendency to accept and demonstrate the scenes that your child is viewing. As parents our job is to instruct and guide, not to give into a child’s request for artificial devices for distraction or comfort. Be an assertive parent! Draw a line in the sand and limit what your child watches regarding violence; be aware of how your child spends his or her time.”
by Gloria Hash Marcus
R U Assertive? has a useful chapter on practical ways to support students in developing stronger self-concepts. As you start a new year, why not use Positive Self-Talk which is in Chapter 7? We make hundreds of self-statements each day and often we become “numb” to our self-talk. Start by listening to what you are saying to yourself. Are you making kind self-statements? Are you critical of yourself? Do you hear yourself making negative self-statements? Are you putting yourself down? After you notice your internal remarks, start to identify positive traits about yourself and make more of these remarks in your “inside talk.”