Standing Tall: Learning Assertiveness Skills
This item is included in the following series/curriculum: Curriculum in a Box: Succeeding in Middle School
Running Time: 24 Minutes
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Teasing, bullying, peer pressure…These are all behaviors that are challenging for middle school kids – especially shy ones – to deal with. How should they respond when bullies, cliques, and even friends make them feel bad or treat them disrespectfully? This powerful program helps guide middle school students on the challenging road toward learning to speak up for themselves and others. Conflict resolution expert Naomi Drew offers practical tips that students can use in developing assertiveness and standing up for themselves. A group of middle school students inspires kids with moving accounts of how they conquered their fears – and stood up to the class bully, an overbearing friend, or peer pressure. Learning to employ these techniques will empower your students to overcome challenging situations that arise at home, at school, and in life.
video, plus teacher’s resource book, student handouts and pre/post tests in digital format
Columbus International Film & Video Festival: Honorable Mention
Highly Recommended Standing Tall: Learning Assertiveness Skills encourages adolescences to embrace six positive steps in controlling their behavior in the face of fear. By adopting these steps, the youth will begin to develop an assertive and positive attitude when encountering a bullying and disrespectful environment.
The video focal point is centered on behavior in adolescences that experience teasing, bullying, and disrespect in their peer-pressure surroundings. These youth who do not quite fit in or often times shy, learn assertive skills that foster self-positivism and enable them to stand tall and conquer their fears in the face of their tormentors. Even through their distresses, the guide helps them in overcoming their anxieties, low self-esteem and apprehension from overbearing friends, and acquaintances.
The program encourages youth to cultivate and strengthen their assertiveness through communication, eye contact and body language. And, at the same time, standing tall, earning respect and fostering respect while speaking ones mind in a clear, concise and self-controlled manner. This practice is reinforced further by Naomi Drew, an expert in conflict resolution, whose narrations are documented in the video. The six-step program can be used at school, play or in any environment that one may experience uneasiness.
The video comes with a teacher’s resource book and student’s handouts that reinforces the six-step guide of standing tall while facing the challenges of peer pressure.
- Geraldine B. Hébert, Bronx Community College, Bronx, NY
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