Difficult Conversations: A Toolkit for Educators in Handling Real-Life Situations

January 4, 2021 - 1 minute read

By: Anni K Reinking

One area many educators are uncomfortable and unprepared for is engaging in difficult conversations. Understanding this lack of teacher preparation, as well as the increased fear and anxiety most people feel when anticipating and/or engaging in a difficult conversation, Dr. Anni Reinking wrote this toolkit. Difficult Conversations: A Toolkit for Educators in Handling Real-Life Situations begins with research and information taken from the field of business and medicine to implement in the field of education. The book then moves into various types of relationships educators, administrators, students, and families experience in the field of education. The toolkit includes actionable strategies, some of which are listed below:

  • Agenda setting for staff meetings
  • Implementing Culturally Responsive Practices
  • Becoming aware of communication blocks and barriers
  • Engaging in morning meetings to develop strong relationships

This is a book for anyone in the field of education. It is also a great book to engage in book studies and reflective practices. Each chapter includes activities, situations, and scenarios to reflect on, discuss, and problem solve independently or as a group. Through these activities, readers will be able to develop skills that build confidence in preparing for and engaging in difficult conversations.

Reviewed By: Anni Reinking

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