Thanks for the Feedback (I Think)
Do you know a young person who tends to argue or give excuses when you are trying to correct behavior? Or a student who misinterprets praise and compliments? Teach them the social skills “how to accept feedback” and “how to give and receive compliments” using a kid-friendly story with a lesson that enriches social emotional learning. This entertaining story follows RJ as he goes about his day doing the things he enjoys, such as blowing bubbles, playing soccer, and hanging out with friends. But when a couple of friends give him compliments, he just isn’t sure how to respond! As RJ continues through the day, he hears from his teacher and parents that while there are many things he’s doing very well, there are some things he needs to work on. His first reaction is to argue and make excuses. Throughout this story, RJ learns what it means to receive positive and negative feedback, and how to respond appropriately to that feedback.
Parents and teachers will love taking kids on RJ’s journey as he discovers feedback’s many forms, and he learns to accept and grow from criticism and compliments at home, in school and with friends. This book is the sixth in Julia Cook’s BEST ME I Can Be! series which teaches children in grades K-6 social skills that can make home life happier and school more successful. The skills are part of the Boys Town Education Model that has improved student behavior and classroom climates in hundreds of schools across the country. The book includes tips for parents and educators to effectively teach how to give and receive compliments and how to accept feedback. 32 pages
Reviews: "...RJ is a boy who has trouble finding the right thing to say when others give him compliments or constructive feedback. Using many familiar examples and interaction situations, RJ is taught the following suggestions: "When somebody GIVES you a compliment, the BEST thing for you to do, is to LOOK at the person, use a nice, pleasant voice, and simply say, 'THANK YOU.'" The second suggestion is "When somebody GIVES you feedback, they're helping to IMPROVE who you are. LISTEN to the person, and say 'OK.' Their words just might take you far. Make sure that when you listen you LOOK at the one who is talking to you. STAY CALM on the inside, no matter what is said. Then carefully THINK it through." Using ideas coming from these two key suggestions, RJ is able to improve his soccer game, get his schoolwork done on time, and show all his homework steps in math to prove he is not cheating. "Thanks for the Feedback...I Think!" is a practical kids self help book that many adults could also benefit from. Amusing, nonjudgmental language and pictures help keep the message clear and positive throughout this appealing self help for boys and girls age 7 and up.
~Children's Bookwatch: February 2014
Published by Boys Town Press