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Dealing with angry individuals is a highly challenging task for most people. If not handled effectively, angry behavior can cause emotional and physical damage to those exposed to it. Angry actions can elicit extreme reactions from others, ranging from social withdrawal to aggression. Managed well, anger can lead to positive changes in behavior, and to solutions to difficult interpersonal problems. This module demonstrates methods which adolescents can use to effectively cope with another’s angry behavior.
BeCool teaches students about the three basic ways we respond to anger: Aggressively (HOT), Passively (COLD) or Assertively (COOL). In each of the video scenarios, children are challenged by a difficult person or situation. Your students will watch as their video peers hesitate and then model three different ways to respond to conflict: Giving Up (COLD), Blowing Up (HOT) or Staying in Control (COOL).
This module teaches students how to effectively respond to anger that is coming from someone else. As hormones start having their effect in this age group, young people can reach their flash point in no time at all. Your students will learn the drawbacks of reacting to anger with a COLD (Passive) or HOT (Aggressive) response and how to effectively resolve conflicts with the BeCOOL (Assertive) 4-Step Plan. Your students will see Eduardo cope with Mike’s anger after he accidently runs into him in the hallway and watch Chloe respond to Lisa’s anger after Chloe unthinkingly shares a very private secret. These scenarios are true to life, east to relate to and will definitely give your students food for thought in ongoing discussions.
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