The current Personal Social and Emotional unit for Grades 3 to 5 focuses on the important skills of decision making, communication, and assertiveness. The students have reflected on their own personal responses to situations of conflict. Classes have then discussed different responses to problems. Students have enjoyed using role plays and scenarios to discover different responses to common everyday events.
Students are learning that:
* Being assertive is different from being aggressive, which interferes with the rights of others.
* Assertiveness is a skill that can be learned and improved.
* Being assertive may include repeating one’s position, offering a compromise, and/or walking away.
* Being assertive does not ensure that people will always get what they want.
Following this unit there will be a focus on negotiation. Students will learn that:
* Effective negotiation (problem solving, decision making, compromise, win/win) requires certain skills including: careful observation of other people; use of open body language; good verbal communication; imagining oneself in other people’s positions; identifying all the options in a situation; and reaching a mutual agreement.
* Negotiation works best when a problem or conflict is addressed in its early stages.
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