Activities to Help Young People Deal with Anger
These activities have a particular focus on developing skills for managing anger, conflict and relating to others. They provide specific, structured tasks that can be used during one-to-one mentoring intervention and for group work.
The 20 activities include:
• My Anger Triggers – For students to recognise the initial signs of anger and identify some ways of diffusing the emotion of anger.
• Anger Matrix – To give students the opportunity to map their approach to anger and visualise where they are going and where they would like to be.
• Initial Self-Assessment: Relating To Others – To give students the opportunity to assess themselves in order to provide a baseline for measuring progress with a focus on relating to others and issues of conflict.
• Student Reassessment And Evaluation – To give students the opportunity to reassess themselves in order to measure progress.
• How I Feel When I Am Angry – To give students the opportunity to reflect upon the physical responses to anger.
• A Letter Home – For students to recognise how others may view their behaviour and reflect upon the impact this behaviour has upon others.
• Ways Of Coping – For students to generate ways of coping in moments of crisis.
• Improving My Listening – The aim of this activity is to raise student awareness of listening skills and how to improve them.
• Dilemmas 1 & 2 – To give students the opportunity to consider dilemma-based learning situations.
• Conflict: What It Is And How To Deal With It – To raise awareness of the skills students will need to enable them to mediate between students in conflict.
• Read All About It: Making Headlines – Students are to consider the content of a story then think about how stereotypes can influence people’s actions and reactions.
• Crime Scene Investigation – To give students the opportunity to act as investigators and look objectively at a given situation and come to their own conclusion, thereby encouraging independent thinking.
• What Happens Next? (1 & 2) These activities aim to help students to consider a set of circumstances and consequences.
• Stop Seeing Red – To identify strategies for coping with highly charged emotional situations.
• My Autobiography – To augment and support the idea that the students’ decisions have an impact upon their lives and their futures.
• My Progress – For students to demonstrate that there is measurable progress in aspects of their learning.
• Target Setting And Action Planning – To develop a set of SMART targets and create a plan of action.
• Review: Target Setting And Action Planning – To review a set of targets and prepare a plan of action.
Each activity includes full instructions, and worksheets which can be photocopied from the A4 book or printed out from the CD-ROM.