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Life Choices: Teaching Adolescents to Make Positive Decisions About Their Own Lives

by Phil Carradice Lucky Duck Publishing
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Pbk 136 pages
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Teachers, parents and carers worry that the decisions that children and young people make might be unwise or dangerous. Decision making is a skill involving both a cognitive and an affective process. It is an ability to: recognize the thoughts and feelings; consider the consequences; and choose the best outcome. Decision making is a highly valued facility leading to resilience, achievement and responsibility. The skill can be taught and here the authors provide all the materials needed to teach a course on decision making to adolescents. The programme provides a menu of stories related to the real life experiences of the young people. Topics are selected to be age appropriate and include: stealing; lying; social behaviours; risks; justice; loss, grief and bereavement; prejudice; first love; disability; leaving home; and family relationships. The teacher notes indicate 'stopping points' where reflection and discussion is encouraged. A choice of endings is offered or the young people can develop their own ideas about what might happen next.

Session 1: Just Being Myself Session 2: The Visitation Session 3: A Beautiful Friendship Session 4: Borderlines Session 5: Your Cheating Heart Session 6: You Were Wonderful Tonight Session 7: Two Pints of Dark Session 8: Bearding The Dragon Session 9: Aunt Dotty And The Dog Session 10: Choices Session 11: To Be a Star Session 12: Baby Won't You Drive My Car?

'Each book [in this series] has a wealth of material designed to help young people think about various life situations. Another useful resource for the teacher. Each will stimulate discussion and follow up activities.' - Behaviour UK