If you're like me, you're probably wondering what we mean by "the 'I' Statement." When I first heard of this concept, I had no idea what it meant either. Yet, the "I" statement is a common tool that many of us use all the time---in fact, I just used it to introduce this post. By using my own initial confusion about the "I" statement as a frame for the possible dilemma you (as the reader) may be experiencing in trying to understand the term, I (hopefully) encouraged you to continue reading by implying that you are not alone in confusion and that a solution is possible. In other words, I helped you relate to the lesson.

This strategy can be highly effective for teachers in both problem resolution and student instruction. It shows an ability to place yourself in the shoes of your students, a willingness to understand where they are coming from, experiment and learn along with them, and to laugh at yourself that can be a great motivator. If students see that you are working along with them, they are often more willing to take risks and participate. Basically, it's the concept of attracting more flies with honey than vinegar.

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