Attitudes, perceptions, and skills directed toward building self-esteem are incorporated in most of the lessons in two ways: (1) the self-esteem element teaches students how to recognize, challenge, and change perceptions and actions that erode self-esteem; and (2) the skill-building element teaches skills that directly affect self-esteem. 55
Santiago, Al. “Angry Students, Angry Staff: Intervention and Techniques for Difficult School Problems.” Washington, D.C.: American Healthcare Institute, 1992. A practical seminar designed to achieve the following objectives: to identify and create positive methods in working with angry students, to examine the traditional approaches to resolving issues that involve angry students, and to identify how to work with parents of the angry student. The one-day seminar was divided into six major areas of concentration: (1) developing a working alliance with angry students; (2) establishing a team approach and handling anger when it is addressed toward staff or students; (3) assisting unmotivated students in overcoming the anger that keeps them from achieving their potential; (4) selecting more effective methods of coping with your own anger to work more effectively with students, parents, and other staff; (5) helping other staff members to deal with their own angry responses to the destructive and angry behaviors of students; and (6) building a working alliance with parents, even those who are “part of the problem.” Resources are drawn from the Community Mediation Center, the Community Board Program, and the Center for Creative Solutions to Conflict. Schmidt, Fran, and Alice Friedman. Fighting Fair for Families. Miami Beach, FL: Peaceworks, 1989. This book is designed to offer parents and children the tools with which to effectively handle conflict. Each illustrated page contains a separate tool: for example, on being a mediator-when anger flares, cool down and brainstorm for solutions. Schmidt, Fran, and Alice Friedman. FightinP Fair: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for Rids. Miami Beach, FL: Peaceworks, 1990. Guide with videocassette. This book offers students the opportunity to explore the philosophy of nonviolence through the words and actions of Dr. King and to apply it to their daily lives. Students are involved in brainstorming, role playing, problem solving, and decision-making activities as they explore the history of the civil rights movement. Providing opportunities for students to apply the skills, strategies, and values of nonviolence to their daily lives, the book also includes an 18-minute video showing angry kids resolving a basketball conflict interspersed with images of the civil rights movement. Geared towards grades four to nine, Fighting Fair also contains an extensive teachers’ guide and reproducible student pages.
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