Social Skills Series #14: Voice Volume

THIS IS THE SECOND OF SEVERAL ARTICLES FOCUSING ON PARALANGUAGE. AS I WROTE IN LAST WEEK’S ARTICLE, PARALANGUAGE IS A SUBSET OF NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION THAT COMPRISES EVERYTHING ABOUT VOCAL COMMUNICATION EXCEPT FOR THE ACTUAL WORDS BEING SPOKEN. Okay, I’ve managed to unstick the Caps Lock key, sorry about that. Let’s try again. As I wrote … Continue reading Social Skills Series #14: Voice Volume

Social Skills Series #10: Being a Friend

During our Mesopotamian theme, the Wellness block included a workshop about bowling, a sport that has its roots in ancient Mesopotamia. A young piano student of mine, Julio, was in the Wellness class, and told me the following story. Julio ended upon the opposite team from Trent, a new kid whom he liked and with … Continue reading Social Skills Series #10: Being a Friend

Social Skills Series #9: Encouraging Each Other

I have a new favourite phrase, a catchphrase that has become popular among young people in recent years. It’s just three short words, but, as you all know, three words can pack a punch. My new favourite phrase is, “You got this.” We offer a lot of exciting learning opportunities at Phoenix, and our students … Continue reading Social Skills Series #9: Encouraging Each Other