In this lesson, children are introduced to basic concepts
of grace under fire. Take the fundamental problem-solving concepts
in Lesson 1 and apply them to conditions in which courage and heroism
We often encourage children to always choose safety when afraid.
Is this a universally appropriate choice? Sometimes successful flight
from a bully, for example, is not possible. Sometimes not taking
a small risk can have terrible consequences for both the actor and/or
someone who might need help. Flight can sometimes create a greater
Review the case studies students have selected in the Awareness
skills module. Ask them to consider the thought behind the heroic
action.What alternatives did the actor have? Were they aware of
the risks? What might have happened to them if they had chosen not
to act? What physical or psychological strengths did they bring
to the action?
Strong emotions in your classroom or home provide the perfect opportunity
to practice the discipline of thinking despite emotional heat. Use
the phrase "Stop and Think" (SaT) when strong emotions
emerge. Help children think through and express ideas about dealing
with the source of the problem. The key idea here is give them experience
of refocusing their attention away from the emotion to thinking
about the problem.