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Slice of Life 2020 Day 6: “I feel hopeful when I write this…”

I have been working closely with a group of students and our school social worker to work on peer conflict issues. During a recent lunch bunch, we practiced using “I feel” statements. Our social worker explained the importance of using this statements so it isn’t just blaming back and forth. Most importantly, it is important for students to be able to recognize and name their emotions. 

After our discussion and practice with the group, Kristine and I began chatting about just how powerful these statements are. “I think some adults could really use this lesson,” she said. 

I hope we can get to a place where these “I feel _____ when _____” are used more often, especially with adults. We need to be comfortable sharing our feelings when things bother us, just as we share our feelings when things excite us. On the receiving end,  we also need to be okay with acknowledging their feeling and sending our apologies with explanations.  I feel assured when my students resolve conflict using these statements. I feel hopeful when we teach our kids to share their emotions. I feel optimistic that the world will hear more “I feel” statements and be better for it. 


7 thoughts on “Slice of Life 2020 Day 6: “I feel hopeful when I write this…”

  1. I agree with you that sometimes the skills we teach to the students would be beneficial to remind to adults. Besides the skill to express feelings properly many adults could benefit from learning to listen. I join you in hoping that your students will learn and use the “I feel” statements.


  2. I love this. I may use it as a basis for a post. I feel_____ when______. These statements can be so powerful and allow us to see others in another light.


  3. Oh, man. This is my mom’s FAVORITE thing. She would sit us down whenever we got into tiffs and mediate, making sure that each of our thoughts started with “I feel”. Super annoying then, super helpful now 🙂


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