Lessons 3 - 4

Managing Relationships

Part of Unit 4 - Safety
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Learning Intention

The students will propose strategies for managing the changing nature of relationships including bullying, harassment and new friendships.

Activity A

Revise the previous lesson on safety and social and online etiquette, as well as the various relationships that the students have.

Discuss that relationships can be hard work, and that they are always a combined effort. Discuss the importance of positive relationships, and that each relationship while being different, will always involve its members to be active participants. To be in a positive relationship, each person needs to give of themselves, and in turn needs to accept and respect the other person in that relationship.

Activity B

The students break into groups of 2 - 3 students. Each group is given a Scenario Task Cards (U4L3-4R1) to discuss. Students role play their scenario and state how they have been active and positive participants in the relationship outlines on the card.

Activity C

Using the “Six Thinking Hat” outline below, the students create a presentation using available forms of media to identify how relationships can change, and to propose ways to manage the changing nature of relationships.

Students are encouraged to use research books, local health materials or the internet to gather information to complete their presentation.

Content area 1: Defining the focus

These are some examples of blue hat thinking

  • What is the subject?
  • What are we thinking about?
  • What is our goal?

Content area 2: The Facts

These are some examples of white hat thinking

  • To be in a safe and good relationship means …
  • Three good relationships I have include …
  • I know my relationships are positive because …
  • I can keep safer by maintain a good relationship with someone by …
  • A relationship can and often does change because…

Content area 3:

These are some examples of yellow hat thinking

  • List at least 3 benefits of being in a positive relationship
  • Some positive aspects about my relationships are …
  • I am successful at being in a positive relationship because …
  • Relationships that change, develop and evolve are good because …

Content area 4: Problems associated with relationships

These are some examples of black hat thinking

  • What does it mean to be in a negative or unsafe relationship?
  • What could stop a person from being in a positive relationship?
  • In what ways could being in a negative or unsafe relationship prevent a person from being safe?
  • What issues can arise when a person is in a damaging, unsafe or negative relationship?
  • Relationships that change, develop and evolve can be troublesome because …

(A4.1) Content area 5: Proposing strategies for managing the changing nature of relationships.

These are some examples of green hat thinking

  • To whom are you aiming your message? (target audience)
  • Which type of media would you use to get this message across to that audience?
  • What level of language and images will you use, and how will you present your message?

Content area 6: How do you feel about creating and maintaining positive relationships?

These are some examples of red hat thinking

  • Is this something that would be hard for you to do? Why? How does that make you feel?
  • What is your attitude toward working at, or repairing a relationship ? Has your attitude changed since the beginning of this unit?
  • How do you feel when you are in a positive relationship?
  • How do you feel when you are in a negative or unsafe relationship?
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Teacher Notes

Some useful websites to aid the students with their research include:

Australian Government Sites
Mental Health

Australian Education Sites
Mental health risk and protective factors
MindMatters

International Government Sites
Healthy Friendships

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Assessment Rubric

Use the Assessment Rubric to evaluate student understanding as measured against the learning intention for this lesson.

Assessment Rubric 4.1 (U4L3-4A1)