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Geode Discipline Series Lesson Descriptions 

LESSON #1        What’s This All About?
Students explore how choices determine consequences. In this way students are given the opportunity to take charge of outcome and learn a key lesson about the nature of responsibility. This should be the first lesson completed by each student who has been assigned for disciplinary action. The School Contact or Supervisor will then determine the next appropriate lesson that focuses on building responsible or respectful behaviors.

The four lessons in this series present an opportunity for students to take personal responsibility for successful completion of this series. With a variety of tools and guided activities, students will learn how to make effective choices that produce positive results.

LESSON #2         This Is Your Job
Students examine their responsibilities in school as their primary job at this stage of life.

LESSON #3          Preparing for Difficult Challenges in Life
Students explore a variety of Inner Resources (values) that provide
assistance in developing and strengthening positive behavioral choices that produce successful outcomes.

LESSON #4           The Victor In You
Learning how to escape the role of Victim and/or Victimizer and accepting the role of Victor will promote positive choices and actions in a student’s relationships and encounters with others.

LESSON #5            First – Self Respect
Students explore the meaning of respect, consider what behaviors are
respectful and what behaviors disrespectful, examine the importance of
respecting authority figures, and describe for themselves what kind of
respect they want to get from others. They learn that self respect is the key to giving respect and receiving it from others.

The three lessons in this series guide students to apply critical thinking when confronting a problem while emphasizing that one's actions always produce consequences for self and others.  Unique keys to actually developing a habit are presented along with steps involved in achieving a goal.
LESSON #6          POWER Problem Solving
Students work with a problem solving model to outline a challenging
situation, explore possible options, consider the consequences for themselves and  others and determine the best solution or action. They write a structured essay and explore possible actions to make amends.

LESSON #7         Setting Positive Goals
Students choose a positive goal and complete an action plan for building valuable Inner Resources to reach the goal. (Good follow-up to Lesson #3.)

LESSON #8          Building A Positive Habit
Students follow a step-by-step process to build a positive habit. This lesson could be a valuable follow-up for any other lesson.

 Just as most adults have difficulty dealing with the challenges change, especially unexpected and undesirable change, so do students. The two lessons in this series  help see one's life in a perspective of ongoing change can help clarify options that encourage positive responses that produce more desirable results.

LESSON #9         Coping With Change: The Whitewater Rapids In Life
Students learn why change can be stressful and explore alternatives to
provide support and gain more control of their own reactions.

Lesson #10          Time Line Of Your Life
Students use a Timeline to discover how choices influence the ups and downs of life. By using personal experiences they learn how a negative reaction may make a bad situation worse, while a positive response can turn a challenge into a triumph.

This is an excellent series of four lessons for students who have been referred for disciplinary action as a result of disrespectful behaviors or because of relationship conflicts, underdeveloped communications skills, and/or inability to manage their emotions. Each lesson would be a good complement for other lessons in this series.

LESSON #11           How To Tell Your Side Of The Story
Students are guided through a step-by-step process to respectfully describe the event that resulted in disciplinary action..  This activity leads them to learn skills necessary to  communicate respectfully with others.

LESSON #12           The Cycle of Conflict
Students examine how automatic reactions contribute to stressful situations and result in a repeating Cycle of Conflict©. The primary objective of this lesson is the realization that taking charge of one’s own behavior is the first step toward earning respect from others.

LESSON #13          Communicating Respect
The primary objective of this lesson is to understand that the person who gives respect gets respect. Simple communication tools are provided to assist students in mastering this concept.

LESSON #14         Managing Emotions
The objective is to empower the student to fully experience an emotion
without suppressing or transferring that emotion and to choose an effective method for communicating that emotion to others.