Video: I-Messages Role-play

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

"I-messages" are a key strategy for being assertive. They allow us to communicate our needs and feelings without shutting down the conversation. 

For a how-to, watch this video from a real-life classroom participating in our 4Rs Program (Reading, Writing, Respect & Resolution).

In the video, a third-grade teacher skillfully guides students in understanding - and roleplaying - both "you-messages" and "I-messages."  The teacher pauses the action, allowing students to discuss what is happening, what the characters might do differently, and different possible outcomes.  


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For more on I-messages, assertiveness, and roleplay, see these lessons and tips: