This course aims to help students become aware of their feelings, to accept responsibility for them and to develop effective coping strategies.
Feelings are an important, natural and necessary part of us. To be 'in touch' with our feelings is to be attuned to the reactions we experience as we go through life. To acknowledge how we feel inside ourselves (even negative feelings like anger and jealousy) is important to our physical, emotional and social well-being.
Adolescence is a time for 'new' feelings which can be wide ranging, intense, confusing and contradictory. It is not unusual for a young person to experience feelings of love and resentment towards their parents at the same time, to be leaping with joy one moment only to swing abruptly into moodiness.
- Strategies 1 – 3 Designed to help young people develop a vocabulary of feeling words. Students then use this vocabulary to identify their various moods and feelings.
- Strategies 4 – 6 Young people examine the various ways that feelings are handled, assess themselves on their ability to manage feelings and decide on effective coping strategies..
- Strategy 7 The assessment exercises lead to an identification of behaviour goals and theopportunity for commitment to these using a structured plan for behaviour change.
- Strategies 8 – 9 The feelings of anger and depression are examined in depth. Young people assess their ability to handle these feelings and decide on more constructive ways for managing them.
- Strategies 10 – 11 Students are given the opportunity to explore feelings about self and to develop ways for improving self-esteem.
- Strategies 12 -13 Students take part in a board game which provides an opportunity for fun, assessment and renewed awareness of how they can influence their feelings.
Your Choice is a complete, easy-to-use course of PSHE activities and strategies, with accompanying photocopiable master worksheets. It is designed for Personal and Social Skills lessons or active tutorial work, based on experiential learning methods. The exercises are flexible enough to be dipped into as a component of a Health Education, Religious Education, or English course. For young people Your Choice provides a secure and stimulating framework within which they can consider their attitudes and behaviour, and develop more mature insights into their own personalities and their interaction with others.
Each handbook represents about a term's work on a specific aspect of personal skills development and each chapter provides a structures lesson plan, and suggestions for further work. Feelings provides a programme of activities designed to help students become aware of their feelings, to accept responsibility for them, and to develop effective coping strategies. The role of perception in influencing the feelings we experience is highlighted, and students are encouraged to be sensitive to other people's feelings as well as their own.
Authors Shay & Margaret McConnon spent 15 years in special education, teaching young people who had emotional and behavioural difficulties. They developed programmes to enhance the self-worth of these students and to improve their social skills. The Your Choice books are best sellers in their field and continue to form the basis for many PSHE programmes across the English-speaking world.
'Your Choice Series is a valuable resource, which can be used with flexibility – large chunks or single activities can be used with equal success' Tracy Hollyhead, Social Inclusion Facilitator, Telford & Wrekin Council Sensory Inclusion Service.