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There is real pressure on our young people in modern society – social media, telephones, internet, friendships, peer groups, parents, school demands – and pressure can come in many forms and affect many areas of their lives. When pressure leads to poor choices and decisions this can have undesirable consequences for young people who have so much to manage and juggle at a time of intense physical and emotional change. This book is about helping young people to make informed choices and decisions.
It is intended for use by those working in a variety of settings including schools, alternative education settings, Learning Support Units, Pupil/Student Referral Units, Isolation Units, Exclusion Rooms, youth clubs, community groups and similar settings. The activities can be led by teachers, student support workers, behaviour mentors, pastoral assistants, learning mentors, isolation room leaders and special educational needs staff. There are 20 Choices and Decision-Making activities that cross the bridge between the pastoral and curriculum aspects of learning.
Activities to Help Young People Deal with Decisions & Choices
The activities can be used in SPHE lessons, circle time, one-to-one sessions, small groups and mentoring sessions and include:
- Friend or foe? – An activity about choosing friends
- Options – An activity about choosing subject options
- It’s mine, not yours – An activity about stealing
- Yes, it is all my own work – An activity about plagiarism
Activities to Help Young People Deal with Stress & Anxiety
The book offers a range of activities that include identification of stress, assessment, the impact of stress upon a young person, relaxation techniques and other ways that help learners to manage stress and anxiety. The content covers:
- What is Stress and Anxiety – Definitions
- Recognising Stress and Anxiety – What happens when I am stressed? Why I need to do something about it
- Managing Stress and Anxiety – Coping strategies and techniques
- Moving Forwards with Coping
Activities to Help Young People Deal with Anger
These activities have a particular focus on developing skills for managing anger, conflict and relating to others. They provide specific, structured tasks that can be used during one-to-one mentoring intervention and for group work.
- My Anger Triggers – For students to recognise the initial signs of anger and identify some ways of defusing the emotion of anger.
- Anger Matrix – To give students the opportunity to map their approach to anger and visualise where they are going and where they would like to be.
- Initial Self-Assessment: Relating to Others – To give students the opportunity to assess themselves in order to provide a baseline for measuring progress with a focus on relating to others and issues of conflict.
- Student Reassessment and Evaluation – To give students the opportunity to reassess themselves in order to measure progress.
- How I Feel When I am Angry – To give students the opportunity to reflect upon the physical responses to anger
Activities to Help Young People Deal with Bullying
This book of 56 activities will help professionals to work through bullying issues with young people and address the underlying causes. The content covers: · The impact of the group · Belonging · Social settings · Norms · Values · Peer groups · Friendships · Power · Isolation · Responsibility · Restorative work · Conciliation work.
The activities cover the range of bullying behaviours that can be seen in educational settings including:
- Considering whether a student is exhibiting bullying behaviours
- The role of the bystander and how those behaviours are contributory or not
- The perception of bullying as a behaviour choice
- The impact of bullying upon others.
Activities for Mentoring Young People
The activities will build rapport, provide evidence of progress through assessment and cover specific issues such as improving attendance, time management, study skills, how to think more positively, conflict resolution and anger management.
The mentoring activities include:
- Knowing me, knowing you – Building rapport with a student
- Planning the journey – Giving students a baseline for improvement
- Initial self-assessment – Providing a baseline for measuring progress
- Student reassessment and evaluation – Giving students the opportunity to reassess their progress