Watch third-grade students role-play "I-messages" - and learn how they are different from "you-messages."

An “I Need Message” is a short and sweet way for students to be assertive and get their needs met, even with people they don’t know well. 

"I Messages" are a great SEL tool for conveying our emotional needs. But sometimes they can be used to make accusations. We can prevent that from happening with this simple tweak in the I Message format. 

Teach your students a strategy for being assertive when problems come up with friends and family. Then have students practice the skill regularly.