Take Responsibility for Your Emotional Wake.
Our wake is so much larger than we realize, especially as a teacher in a classroom. Just as the wake of a boat continues to ripple across the water long after the boat has passed, our words leave an emotional wake, positive or negative. An emotional wake is what people feel, what they remember after we're gone, the aftermath, aftertaste, or afterglow.
One conversation at a time, we are building relationships we either enjoy or endure. In a classroom we are shaping young people's views of themselves, of others, of us. Our comments encourage engagement or withdrawal. When we become aware of the impact of our emotional wake, we can begin to make sense of past results and improve them from this moment on. Whether deliberate or unintentional, a negative emotional wake, a message with a load attached is costly.
This bundle includes three introductory activities to Fierce Conversations, as well as three activities that take roughly 20 minutes each to complete. After Principle 6, students will be able to understand the positive and negative impact of their intentions in a conversation and how to identify their emotional triggers while empathizing with others.