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A successful journal entry will:
-Be three to five pages in length. Write more rather than less. Dig into the content and engage in deep thinking.
-Answer all the sub-questions and/or activities included within the prompt question.
-Utilize course content â€“ concepts and theories. Use bold type for the terms. Define the term in your own words to demonstrate your understanding of the meaning. This definition should be placed within ( ). Focus on using a minimum of five to ten terms per entry.
-Provide specific examples of your own communication. Develop these examples with sufficient detail to make them vivid and concrete.
-Include the specific question/activity on the top of each entry.
-If an activity (in the textbook) is to be completed, include all your answers for that activity in your journal.
-If questions are included with an activity, be sure to write a thoughtful and developed reflection from the question prompts.
Ch#7 Skill Practice 7.4 Writing Questions and Paraphrases p. 220-221. Write out the responses for the activity. Now write a reflection on: How does questioning and paraphrasing increase communication competence? Provide examples of when you listened competently and examples of when you were a passive listener or failed to listen effectively. (Provide a well-developed answer using personal examples from your own communication.)
When writing the Feeling Paraphrases be careful to identify your perception of the other person’s feelings and not yours. For instance ” From what you are saying it seems that you feel frustrated and scared.” instead of “I get the feeling that you don’t like it.”
Write, ” I am sensing that you are scared.” instead of “I feel like you are scared.”
Focus on distinguishing real feeling descriptions from opinion “I think” statements.
For students who do not have the textbook and are still waiting to access the FREE on-line version of the textbook, use this as your prompt:
What is competent listening? How is competent listening different than incompetent listening?
What are the different listening styles and what are the benefits and deficiencies of each one? Which styles are you most competent in? Provide examples of interactions where you engaged in these listening styles.
What is Active listening? What is Question for Clarification? Content Paraphrase? Feeling Paraphrase? What are the benefits of using these strategies? Provide a detailed example where you demonstrated Active listening with at least one concrete and specific example of a Question, Content Paraphrase and Feeling Paraphrase.
Provide an example of when you were a passive or incompetent listener. How did your communication impact the conversation and relationship with your partner? What would you have liked to have done better?
How do your listening skills impact social, romantic, and work relationships?
****Be sure to identify and apply course content throughout the reflection. I encourage you to use the Chapter Outlines to identify useful course terminology.