There are all sorts of “difficult” topics that beset teenage lives: depression, alcohol abuse, personal hygiene, sex, bereavement, STDs, being overweight…
Talking to students about these issues can result in an increased awareness of the subject, but experience suggests that for many students the progress made after such encounters can be modest at best.
Where the greatest breakthroughs occur is in situations in which the students themselves will open up and engage in serious conversations themselves.
But the issue is, how does one motivate the silent student to speak? How does one ensure that the mocking or joking student who covers his/her inability to talk seriously about the subject will join in the discussion. How can we help these students put these vital topics into the context of their lives, and the world around them?
In short: how do we control the discussions?
The answer comes with setting the terms of the discussion in advance – and this is exactly what the Choice Discussion Cards achieve.
The students are given the topic to discuss such as “What does smoking do to you and your health?” They then can choose an answer card which they then have to use as the basis for their answer.
There are both positive and negative cards in the pack – in the case of smoking ranging from, “De-stresses you” to “Makes you want more all the time”, and the students then have to put forward arguments to support the card they have selected.
As a result the debate continues in a controlled way, with all possible answers being aired, as they students come to see the logic, or otherwise, of the answers that can be given.
The Choice Discussion Cards cover a wide range of topics incorporating not just the topics above, but also such issues as knife crime, anger, crime, vandalism, love, bullying etc etc.
There are details of all the topics available on the following link http://www.egar.co.uk/SHOPHH1
If you wish to place an order please you can use the check out on the above link (schools can be invoiced on account) or by contacting us via the following methods. Please quote HH1 on all correspondence.
Contact: Sue Scott-Horne
Tel: 0207 226 4040
Canonbury Business Centre, Unit 10B, Shepperton House, 89 Shepperton Road
Islington, London, N1 3DF