We are finishing up with lesson 4 this afternoon, and I have actually been working on lesson 5 before our Friday after school planning time. Go organized Kristan! It happens every now and then 🙂
Lesson 5 is about another Group Buster called Collider. Check him out:
Collider was actually created by a former Perry Harrison student, and he will be included with the Unthinkables published in the revised Superflex curriculum due to be out in June 2012.
10 Unthinkables were submitted from Perry Harrison and 8 made the publication. Go Mariners!
As I was working on the parent and teacher handouts last night, I realized that a lot of adults are not aware of the different kinds of interruptions. Below is an overview from our handouts. More on some strategies from Superflex to defeat Collider next week.
From the time our children our little, we teach them not to interrupt others. The reality is that people interrupt others often during conversations, usually as an indication of high engagement. As the speaker is about to finish a thought, a highly motivated conversational participant interrupts to add his next thought. The “interrupter” typically says, “oh sorry,” and then one of the speakers stops talking. While it is a good thing to teach our children not to interrupt, it is also important to help them understand that sometimes people still interrupt and why, and how we should respond. Interruptions are when our words bump together or collide. There are two types of interruptions: fair and rude.
Fair Interruption – Occurs when someone interrupts a speaker because they are highly engaged and motivated to connect on the topic with the speaker. This person usually perceives that the speaker is “winding down,” and begins to add his own thought as the speaker is still talking. The speaker then typically realizes that he was about finished, stops talking, letting the conversational partner add his comment. So, when someone interrupts you this way, consider it a sign that they are really listening and excited about what you are talking about. Try not to become upset when you have been “fairly” interrupted, but understand that it happens and the person does not mean any harm. Even though it is a fair interruption, it is expected that the person interrupting say, “I’m sorry” and make sure it is okay to continue talking.
Rude Interruption – Occurs just as a speaker begins to talk or when the speaker is not allowed to express the majority of his message. It does not happen because someone is interested or excited about what the speaker is saying. Typically a rude interruption happens because the speaker simply wants to talk and/or change the topic. A person making a rude interruption should apologize, but typically does not, as they are more concerned with saying what they want to say.