Character-Building Activities: Teaching Responsibility, Interaction, and Group Dynamics available in Paperback
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- Human Kinetics Publishers
Preteens and teens need help in acquiring the social skills to appropriately handle challenging situations. Without those skills, a minor disagreement can often escalate into a physical confrontation. And that's where Character-Building Activities: Teaching Responsibility, Interaction, and Group Dynamics comes in.
This book provides nearly 100 activities that will help children and young adults
-gain a better sense of what they value based on their character traits,
-become more effective communicators, and
-discover how to communicate their values and strengthen their convictions.
Character-Building Activities: Teaching Responsibility, Interaction, and Group Dynamics applies directly to preteens and teenagers, but it is easily adapted to younger children. This resource can be used in a variety of settings both in and out of school, including youth groups and curricular areas such as language arts and social studies. The activities are short, clearly described, easy to set up, and ready to use. Teachers or group leaders can pop an activity into an existing lesson plan or use a few in creating a new lesson plan.
Regardless of age and setting, the participants in these activities will learn to deal with a variety of issues, including self-esteem, peer pressure, bullies, anger, and stress. They will also acquire self-reflection skills and have opportunities to share their values and listen to other kids as they share theirs.
The self-responsibility, social interaction, and group dynamics involved in this book's activities will help kids grow and mature.
|Publisher:||Human Kinetics Publishers|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.39(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Judy Demers currently teaches physical education at Castillero Middle School in San Jose, California. Demers developed the physical education curriculum for her individual classes and the San Jose Unified School District. She has written two professional improvement projects for San Jose Unified School District, one of which she presented at the California Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance conference. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from San Jose State University. Demers has also served on health and physical education task forces and the California Healthy Kids Material Review Board, and she helped design district standards. Demers has been a member of CAHPERD since 1995 and has been a member of the Bay Area Physical Education and Health Subject Matter Project for several years.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Cooperative ActivitiesFrom War to PeaceQuick Teach (Peer Teaching Activity)New Game DevelopmentLife SupportUltimate GuardProtect the Core (Guard the Center)Bridge the Gap (Competition Versus Cooperation)What Floats Your Boat?Ping-Pong Obstacle CourseWhat's the Difference?Reverse PolarityMultiplicity (Tag Game)Five AliveBystanders Unite (Anti-Bullying Activity)Reach OutCatch Me Being GoodMake It RightCharacter SearchClean Up Your Own MessAbolish AggressionStop the BullyMixed BagBag It!Knotty DilemmaWatch My BackCarpet-Square RelaysA Handshake to RememberPeace Starts With MeScorpion TagTake Me Home
Chapter 2: Developing Self-EsteemVisualization (A Way to Build Self-Esteem)See Three (Visual Acuity Activity)Mystery Tag (Visual Awareness)Hear Me, Hear Me (Sensory Acuity)Pride Is the PrizeThe Power of SuggestionWho Am I?Remember MeMixed EmotionsHow Tolerant Are You?ConsequencesSelf-Praise Versus ArroganceCharacter ScrambleWhat Do You Value Most?Choose to Be EnthusedAre You Superstitious?Share Your Family TraditionsPride and PurposeDon't Cross the LineThe Art of CompromiseSports PredicamentGive and TakeOne Step Back, Two Steps ForwardPeaceful ContinuumThe Truth Does MatterBlind-Faith SoccerYour Actions Count!Blind ShuffleCommitment to Your TeamWhat Motivates You?Say You're Sorry and Mean It!Attitude Is a Choice
Chapter 3: Reflection ActivitiesSocial JusticeChanging “You” to “I” Messages (Effective Communication)Character for the DayHaving Privilege Doesn't Make It BetterDon't Just Criticize—Be ConstructiveGoal SettingFair Teams?Team TogetherAsk for HelpWhat Is a Hero?Character or NotRole ModelsLabelsWhat's In a PromiseForgive Yourself and Your NeighborShare Your TalentsFight for a CauseBe Decisive!What's Your Passion?Respect: Learned or Earned? Dream TeamBeing ResponsibleHow Do You Handle Stress?Profess Your ProfessionFreedomsGender MattersHave FaithShare Your GiftFalse AssumptionsDon't Take It PersonallyAccusations Hurt!Respect Is a Two-Way StreetGive Someone a Jump StartExcuses Don't Get the Job DoneRules Were Made to Be FollowedPsychological Benefits of SportsConflict ResolutionInitiate, Don't Just React