'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.

Bearding the Dragon
Bearding the dragon
Focus
  • first love and its effects
  • telling lies
  • rights of passage
  • individual shallowness.

Jenny was my first love.

I was fourteen years old and, oh yes, I know what people will say. Mere infatuation, they will mumble, the first outbreak of adolescence. But for those few fabulous months it was, to me, real and glorious and vital. I had never felt such agony before and, to be frank, I don't think I have ever experienced quite the same emotion again.

The first thing I knew about it was in the school changing rooms one Saturday morning in April. We had just played our last match of the season, beating our opponents in a fast and hard fought game. I was standing in front ...

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