#1 Prevent School Shootings: Student Manual
Included in the Training
This is Lesson 1: Prevent School Shootings. Problem-solving skills are taught as ways to handle life’s situations and to prevent conflict. We sometime use the word situation rather than the word problem. A problem is dreaded. However, a situation is something that requires our sharp critical thinking skills. Therefore, it is a challenge. It is an opportunity. In this lesson, you will do the following:
• Learn to identify the real problem.
• Identify and classify information.
• Reformulate the “old problem” -V- solve the “old problem”.
• Look at positive and structured ways to approach problems.
• Practice common sense approaches to problems.
• Learn problem-solving techniques:
o Brainstorming Skills: Learn to generate many alternatives to a problem.
o 4-Step Problem-solving Technique: Learn a formula for solving problems.
o Divergent Thinking: Learn to use common sense in problems that are more complex.
Over 85% of the average social service dollar is spent on treating preventable problems rather than on actual prevention. Social skills development training is a prevention approach. These skills are, without a doubt, necessary to counter the deep-rooted reality of disempowerment that shows itself in low self-esteem. The Increase The Peace Cool Problem-solving Series training prepares participants to meet daily challenges with improved critical thinking and social skills.
Increase The Peace Cool Problem-solving Series
Violence Prevention & Leadership Training
The cool person is a problem solver. Today, what we see as cool changes from time to time, from place to place, and from generation to generation.
This critical thinking Series will teach participants to identify, solve, and prevent problems; it will teach and reinforce several problem-solving techniques. There are many possible solutions to a problem. One must review these options and not act hastily.
Each lesson will discuss what it means to be a cool person, introduce a different problem-solving technique, and provide practice problems and specific current problems to discuss and solve. Therefore, upon completion, each participant will have several problem-solving tools (techniques) for their problem-solving toolbox.
1. Prevent School Shootings
This lesson introduces the idea and definition of the cool person. The participants will learn brainstorming, divergent thinking, and a problem-solving technique. They will practice these skills and then use them to solve current problems.
2. Prevent Bullying
This lesson examines different forms of bullying: verbal violence, social isolation, and negative peer pressure. It will develop an understanding of personality traits such as internal and external persons. The participants will review and discuss what it means to be a cool person, review problem-solving skills, and learn a new one. They will practice these skills and then use them to solve current problems.
3. Prevent Fighting: Physical Violence
This lesson examines conflict styles. It teaches conflict resolution skills that will aid in preventing the advanced stages of a physical attack. The participants will review and discuss what it means to be a cool person, review brainstorming and divergent thinking skills, review internal/external personality traits, and learn a new problem-solving technique. They will practice these skills and then use them to solve current problems.
4. Erace-ism™: Prevent Discrimination
This lesson shows the participants how they view the diverse cultures around them. Our cultures influences our behavior. We must learn to see other cultures as different from ours. Different does not mean that they are wrong: Different ≠ Wrong . The participants will review and discuss what it means to be a cool person, review brainstorming and divergent thinking skills, review conflict styles and internal/external personality traits, and learn a new problem-solving technique. They will practice these skills and then use them to solve current problems.