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List of Benchmarks for Working With Others

Standard 4.Displays effective interpersonal communication skills
  Level Pre-K (Grade Pre-K)
   1. Demonstrates empathy and caring for others and a desire to be helpful (e.g., comforts a friend who is crying)
   2. Develops friendships with peers
   3. Develops relationships with adults
   4. Converses with others using appropriate conversation techniques (e.g., taking turns speaking, listening actively, contributing ideas)
   5. Uses language to communicate thoughts, feelings, and needs
   6. Uses and responds to nonverbal communication (e.g., raising hand, smiling back at others)
   7. Respects the feelings, opinions, and perspectives of others
  Level IV (Grade K-12)
   1. Demonstrates appropriate behaviors for relating well with others (e.g., empathy, caring, respect, helping, friendliness, politeness)
   2. Exhibits positive character traits towards others, including honesty, fairness, dependability, and integrity
   3. Knows strategies to effectively communicate in a variety of settings (e.g., selects appropriate strategy for audience and situation)
   4. Provides feedback in a constructive manner, and recognizes the importance of seeking and receiving constructive feedback in a nondefensive manner
   5. Uses nonverbal communication such as eye contact, body position, and gestures effectively
   6. Demonstrates attentive listening by clarifying messages received (e.g., paraphrasing, questioning)
   7. Responds to speaker appropriately (e.g., does not react to a speaker’s inflammatory deliverance, maintains objectivity, reacts to ideas rather than to the person presenting the ideas)
   8. Adjusts tone, content, and delivery of information to accommodate the likes of others
   9. Attends to both verbal and nonverbal messages
   10. Uses emotions appropriately in personal dialogues
   11. Makes use of confrontation when appropriate
   12. Demonstrates sensitivity to cultural diversity (e.g., personal space, use of eye contact, gestures, bias-free language)
   13. Acknowledges the strengths and achievements of others