BeCool High School

BeCool High School

The BeCool conflict management program addresses four classes of difficult behaviors that can be expressed by others: Criticism, Teasing, Bullying, Anger/others and Anger/Self. In each of the video scenarios a character is challenged by a difficult person who, in some way, is trying to intimidate or manipulate him/her. After a moment of hesitation, the character models three different ways to respond; blowing up or “HOT,” giving up or “COLD” and being in control or “COOL.” The negative consequences of the giving up response and the “blowing up” response are then contrasted against the positive outcomes of the “being in control” response.

The BeCool program uses icons to symbolize COLD, HOT, and COOL responses. Each time a particular response is illustrated, it is paired with the icon that symbolizes that response. In time, students are able to recall the feeling tone of the COLD, HOT and COOL response by recalling the icon itself. These icons will be of special help learners with cognitive disabilities. These students may by unable to verbalize behaviors associated with acting “COOL” but quite capable of recalling the clouds icon of the COOL response and the calm tone associated with it and act accordingly.

BeCool is much more than a violence prevention program. It teaches self control in managing conflicts in everyday situations such as sharing, keeping promises, peer pressure and handling frustration. With over 20 specific assertive techniques to cope with conflict, the BeCool program helps students manage some of the most common and difficult interpersonal problems faced by adolescents. Being the brunt of teasing, bullying, anger, and criticism can produce tremendous stress, serious behavior problems, and destruction of self-esteem. Using the self-defense coping strategies presented in this program, your students will learn how to minimize the destructive effects of these behaviors, as well as promote positive interpersonal interactions. When confronted by difficult people or difficult situations, they’ll know that the best defense is to BeCool

The powerful tool of peer VideoModeling has proven enormously effective in reaching all levels of students, from the behaviorally challenged to those who simply face everyday tensions at home, in the classroom and on the playground.

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BeCool High School

14 Videos

  • BeCool HS - Mod 1 Teasing - Ep 1: Ignore/Laughing It Off

    Students will identify what teasing is and why people tease. They will identify the negative effects of HOT and COLD responses to teasing and they will understand how the ACTING COOL response can be an effective response to teasing.

  • BeCool HS - Mod 1 Teasing - Ep 2: Changing the Subject

    Students will identify how the COOL response of "changing the subject" can be an effective response to teasing.

  • BeCool HS - Mod 1 Teasing - Ep 3: Ask To Stop

    Students will understand how the COOL response of "asking to stop" can be an effective response to teasing. Students will learn to identify four choices for handing teasing: ignoring, laughing it off, changing the subject, and asking the teaser to stop.

  • BeCool HS - Mod 2 Anger - Ep 1: Accept/Apologize/Make Amends

    Students will learn to identify what anger is and why people become angry. They will understand the difference between fair and unfair anger from others. Students will learn to identify the negative effects of HOT and COLD responses to anger and how the ACTING COOL response can be an effective re...

  • BeCool HS - Mod 2 Anger - Ep 2: Diffuse/Talk It Over

    Students will learn how the COOL response of "talking it over" cam be an effective response to anger.

  • BeCool HS - Mod 2 Anger - Ep 3: Diffuse/Take a Break

    Students will learn that the COOL response of "take a break" may be necessary before it's possible to talk it over.

  • BeCool HS- Mod 2 Anger - Ep 4: Leave/Get Help

    Students will learn to identify the characteristics of "dangerous anger." They will understand how the COOL response of "leave/get help" can be effective responses to "dangerous anger."

  • BeCool HS - Mod 3 Criticism - Ep 1: Accept/Apologize

    Students will identify what criticism is and recognize fair/good criticism from unfair/bad criticism. They will identify the negative effects of HOT and COLD responses to criticism. They will understand the LOOKING and THINKING characteristics of a COOL response to criticism. Your students will u...

  • BeCool HS - Mod 3 Criticism - Ep 2: Ask to Clarify/Accept

    Students will demonstrate an understanding of how the COOL response of "ask to clarify/accept" can be effective responses to unclear criticism.

  • BeCool HS - Mod 3 Criticism - Ep 3: Object to Hurtful Criticism

    Students will understand how the COOL response of objecting to hurtful criticism can be an effective response to hurtful delivery of criticism.

  • BeCool HS - Mod 3 Criticism - Ep 4: Explain Your Side

    Students will understand how the COOL response of "explaining your side" can be an effective response to unfair criticism

  • BeCool HS - Mod 4 Bullying - Ep 1: Anti-Victim Strategies

    Students will identify what bullying is and why people bully. They will recognize the dangers of bullying and identify the negative effects of a victim (COLD) attitude and an antagonistic (HOT) attitude toward bullies. Students will understand how the ACTING COOL, "anti-victim" response can be an...

  • BeCool HS - Mod 4 Bullying - Ep 2: Ignore/Proceed

    Students will learn to identify the negative effects of HOT and COLD responses to "active" vs. potential bullying. They will identify the LOOKING and THINKING characteristics of a COOL response to active bullying. Students will understand how the ACTING COOL responses of ignore/proceed can be eff...

  • BeCool HS - Mod 4 Bullying - Ep 3: Stand Your Ground

    Students will identify the negative effects of COLD and HOT responses to bullying. They will learn to identify the LOOKING and THINKING characteristics of a COOL response to bullying. Students will understand the ACTING COOL response of "standing your ground."