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Controlling Anger:
A solution focused approach for children


By Tina Rae & Sara Daly


Item: 9781906517014



Target Group: Ages 5 - 11 years

Format: spiral bound

Pages: 160


Includes CD-ROM


Empower your students to manage strong feelings more positively

Controlling Anger: A solution focused approach for children offers anger management activities for children. It supports those helping children with anger or managing situations of conflict in a school environment. Many pupils have trouble in controlling their strong feelings and in managing conflict in both school and home settings. This programme will help children avoid or manage situations of conflict, understand that they can create change, and realise that it is possible to resolve difficulties.

Benefits

  • enable and encourage children to become reflective regarding their own behaviour and the consequences of that behaviour
  • enable children to label feelings and know when they may or may not affect both work and relationships
  • develop children’s self-esteem and self-confidence
  • enable children to accept and utilise constructive structured criticism and feed back
  • encourage children to develop their own self-control and self-management strategies
  • encourage children to develop empathy and authenticity
  • enable children to develop flexibility in order to cope more effectively with change and new systems and ways of doing things
  • help children develop internal locus of control, i.e. to encourage them to have a sense of control over their own actions
  • encourage children to develop self-motivation, resilience and a positive attitude
  • encourage children to learn and make use of alternatives to physical or verbal aggression and to express their feelings and views in a more positive and assertive way
  • encourage parents and school staff to adopt a consistent approach in terms of developing students’ emotional literacy, social skills and self-esteem
  • promote partnership working between home and school so as to ensure a consistent approach
  • further enable and encourage school staff to review current policy and practice in terms of managing the emotional, social and behavioural needs of children in their care
  • promote a positive ethos and climate in which the notion of change becomes a positive daily reality

Summary of contents

Empower children to manage strong feelings more positively

Many pupils have trouble in controlling their strong feelings and in managing conflict in both school and home settings. This programme aims to help children:

  • avoid or manage situations of conflict
  • understand that they can create change
  • realise that it is possible to resolve difficulties

In this thoughtful approach to anger management, the authors suggest a teaching and learning model and use ‘story’ as the focus of pupil engagement. During the 10-session programme, participants will:

  • understand the causes of anger in a variety of situations
  • learn about physiological and behavioural aspects of anger
  • rehearse coping strategies
  • plan positive responses to provocative situations

Controlling Anger: A solution focused approach for children provides eight stories to help pupils develop emotional literacy. The topics of the stories include fighting with friends, bullying, swearing, humiliation and exclusion. The stories also reinforce some of the key themes and concepts introduced via the Primary National Strategy’s SEAL Curriculum.

Chapter breakdown

My Anger Poems
Introduction and Background
Objectives for the Course
The Structure of the Programme
The Structure of the Sessions
Using the Programme – A note for facilitators
References
Getting started

Pre-course Assessment
Letter to Parents/Carers
Session 1: Introduction
Session 2: Road Rage
Session 3: Exclusion
Session 4: Supermarket Battle
Session 5: A Racist Incident
Session 6: Foul Footballer
Session 7: Happy Slapper
Session 8: Property Matters
Session 9: Street Fight
Session 10: Review and Evaluation


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