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'Nothing is so exhausting as indecision, and nothing is so futile' - Bertrand Russell .. and teachers, parents and carers worry that the decisions that children and young people make might be unwise or dangerous. Decision making is a skill involving both a cognitive and an affective process. The ability to: " recognize the thoughts and feelings; " consider the consequences; " choose the best outcome; is a highly valued facility leading to resilience, achievement and responsibility. The skill can be taught and in these three volumes the authors provide all the materials needed to teach a course on decision making at each age level. The programme provides a menu of stories related to the real life experiences of the young people. Topics are selected to be age appropriate and the series includes: " Stealing; " Lying; " Social behaviours; " Risks; " Justice; " Loss,Grief and Bereavement; " Prejudice; " First love; " Disability; " Leaving home; " Family relationships. The teacher notes indicate 'stopping points' where reflection and discussion is encouraged. A choice of endings is offered or the young people can develop their own ideas about what might happen next. The course can be introduced at any age or used to develop the skills through school life from early years to the teens.

Structure of the Sessions
Structure of the sessions

Each of the sessions is structured as follows:

Focus and Summary

The main focus points are highlighted prior to a brief summary of the ensuing story. These can be used simply to inform the facilitator or as part of an introduction for the students in the group. The facilitator may wish to record the focus points on a whiteboard or flip-chart prior to the start of the session and to use the summary script as a prompt.

The Story and Flag Points

The facilitator reads the story to the students. Flag points are indicated within the text in order to pick up on key themes or raise particular points of interest with the students. The facilitator can choose to stop at each ...

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