Art Beyond Sight
Social, Communication, and Independent Living Skills
through the Arts Curriculum
■ Activity Plan ■
(Song lyrics and audio & bibliography included)
- Activity Plan Overview
- Activity Plan 1: Great relationships start with hello
- Activity Plan 2: Ice Breaker and Small Talk
- Activity Plan 3: A two way street
- Activity Plan 4: From Casual to Formal Conversation
- Activity Plan 5: Handling difficult situations and conflict resolution
- Activity Plan 6: Nonverbal communication and tips for your tics
- Activity Plan 7: Strike a pose! Field trip to the museum
- Activity Plan 8: Making our Self-portrait
- Activity Plan 9: The Art of Dressing
- Activity Plan 10: Making a Fashion Statement
- Activity Plan 11: Personal Narrative: Writing your story
- Activity Plan 12: A Collaborative Song Writing Activity
- Activity Plan 13: Preparing an interview
- Activity Plan 14: Meet a stranger: an exploration of the interview process
- Activity Plan 15: Let's prepare our own Talk Show!
- Final Event
- Songs by Brian Muni
LESSON 5 Handling difficult situations and conflict resolution
Grade Level: 6th to 8th grade
Duration: 45 min.
Sit in circle; open class with greetings and songs
Sitting Tall, stretches
Review previous lesson and introduce new lesson
Objectives and Outcomes:
- Students will explore ways of handling difficult situations
- Students will explore ways of responding to a provocation
- Students will discuss the value of apologies and ways of apologizing
Suggested topics for class discussions:
- How do you say “no” respectfully?
- What do you do if someone is “pushing your buttons,” “pulling your chain,” or “getting your goat”?
- What can you do: ignore/walk away, etc.?
- How to acknowledge the situation while still avoiding the conflict?
- The value of apologizing
Role Play: Ask students about what kinds of situations upset them.
- Someone is criticizing your outfit: What do you do?
- Someone tells you what you have to do, i.e., orders you around
- Someone says you can’t play basketball, you can’t draw, etc.
- The teacher reprimands you and ask what’s going on.
Tips to handle difficult situations:
A lot is going on in our minds at once and it can be tricky to think clearly, you’ve got this ‘feeling’ you can’t really name.
- Recognize and understand your usual reaction(habits)/Identify negative responses
Habitual behavior: respond harshly, ignore, walk away, slam doors…
- Replace it: No need to “fight fire with fire”
- Tell yourself: “I’m not going to react to this.”
- Close your eyes, breathe deeply, and slowly count to 10: picture each number as you count (can be striped, colored numbers, a basketball-like numbers, etc.)
- How important is it? How awful? Can I let go now?
- Be Smart. Don’t waste your time arguing, complaining, etc.
- Consider making one of these responses: “Oh really?” “I hadn’t realized you felt that way.” “ I’m sorry you think that.” “I apologize if what I did offended you.” “Funny you said that…” Change the topic.
- Practice it
- It’s one thing to say it, it’s another to do it/KEEP TRYING
- We all get angry, frustrated.
- “Use your mind over matter”
Songs: Standing Tall, Easy When You Know How