Big Idea: Watch out for the people who use apologies as a manipulation tool!
An apology can be one of the best tools for the Passive-Aggressives and the Manipulators out there. It catches people when they are down and vulnerable and can send snarky, fake, sarcastic messages designed to keep the hurt party feeling hurt.
Not only is an apology without change manipulative,
After reading through this, I wonder how you think our modeling of the use of apologies with students (particularly in a disciplinary situation) might be changed?
Quote of the Week: "An apology without change is just manipulation." ~Sierra Monaee
Educator Resource: I Want to be Mad for a While! by Barney Saltzberg [kids’ book] - Discover a universally relatable story about one little cat who just wants to be MAD... at least for a little while! With gentle text and bold, vibrant illustrations, Barney Saltzberg encourages readers to "feel what they feel" and express their emotions, helping young ones develop key tools for social-emotional literacy. A must-have for any toddler caregiver. This book empowers children on the topic of anger, letting them know that it's okay to feel mad sometimes. Because after you let yourself feel mad... then you can start to feel GLAD! (Contributed by JumpStart reader Kristin Rydholm.)
Dad Joke: I've often heard that 'icy' is the easiest word to spell. Looking back, I see why.
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Matt Weld, Area 5 SEL Coach
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SEL Coach Matt Weld creates and delivers in-person and online SEL-related content.