In this module our focus is on dispassionate thought. Strong emotions
can cloud thinking and impair judgment. Actual control of emotions
is one focus of the Strength
skills module. Intelligence and Strength have to work
In emergency conditions, this problem solving can be so fast that
the actor is not even conscious of making a decision. Practicing
problem solving repeatedly in low-emotion circumstances will help
strengthen this up-tempo thinking. Keeping one's mind engaged is
difficult for children who often need adult help mentoring them
through the steps. This "Stop and Think" is incredibly
important when the circumstances are dangerous. (See "Are
there risks to heroism?" on the Q&A page.)
The Ring of Valor is focused on nurturing strength in children
in a developmentally appropriate manner while emphasizing making
thoughtful choices. This is why our pins say, "Be an Everyday
Hero...With a Smart Heart." The goal of the Intelligence module
is to help children be effective in response to fearful situations
while avoiding reckless behavior. This is an extremely difficult
balancing act because chance and risk is always involved in these
types of decisions.
ideas and actions
1. When you encounter a problem generate alternatives.
2. Consider the possible consequences of alternatives you identify.
3. Evaluate alternatives based on consequences and choose the best
4. Evaluate the quality of your information and your emotions; keep
5. Know where danger lurks.
6. Keep thinking when you are hot.
7. Consider the risks of alternatives.
8. Choosing not to move forward when you are afraid has consequences.
9. Consider your strengths when making a choice.
activities (grades 4-6)
1. Introduction to problem solving
2. Introduction to threat assessment