The programme is particularly useful for those who wish to foster a co-operative, affirming and supportive class group.
Our whole life is spent in a variety of group memberships. We are born into a family group, educated in school groups, socialise in peer groups, earn a living in work groups and worship in religious groups. At every stage in our lives we belong to groups. We are socialised in groups: in fact our personal identity is derived from how we are perceived and related to by other members of our groups.
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. Groups encourages students to examine the roles they playing in the various groups they belong to. The activities help them to understand the group process and the need for cohesiveness, co-operation and communication. Throughout the course, members are encouraged to take personal and corporate responsibility for the success of their group.
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.