I always forget this….

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

There is a question that I always forget to ask myslef when dealing with students…”
What happened the night before?”
For me this is a big one. I usually just assume things are going great for them and that their parents are perfect and that nothing is going on at home so they should be acting perfect while in my class. But I often forget that they could have had a fight with their parents, got grounded, didn’t get to even see their parents, never heard I love you, etc…you get my point.

I think we often forget that our students and for that matter adults have circumstances and things outside of what we know going on that affect the way they react to things.

*Kyle

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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
  • http://bhparker.com Ben

    Dude, I couldn’t agree more. Not just students, but people we encounter in every day life. We get angry when people treat us rudely (rightfully so sometimes) but we don’t stop to think what’s going on in their world. Maybe they just a had a blowout with a spouse or child, or left the bedside of a loved one who is struggling with disease or illness. Context is everything, but often our day to day interactions doesn’t give us the fullness of that context. Sad.

  • kylereed

    Maybe it is because we get a little to self focused and often miss signs that others are struggling or that they are not in the greatest of moods.
    I think I initially react strongly sometimes because of my mood. I do this a lot with my students as well. They do something stupid and I react in an angry way because I am mad about something.
    There is a guy named Robert Lewis who says, the most important thing to learn in life is how we manage our emotions. I think he is dead on.