BeCool Lower Elementary

BeCool Lower Elementary

The BeCool 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 paradigm is introduced to Lower Elementary students by Chester the Cat, the now famous champion of abuse prevention. Chester tells of his early trouble in mastering self-control and how he discovered, after much study and practice, the “Secrets of Cool.” In easy-to- understand language, Chester will guide students through each lesson as conflict situations arise and the three responses are chosen. Unique teaching icons are used to symbolize the blowing up (HOT response), the giving up (COLD response) and the being in control (COOL response). Each time a particular response is illustrated, it is paired with the Chester expression that symbolizes that response. Chester showing his claws is used to symbolize the HOT response; Chester sadly leaving for the COLD response and Chester with sunglasses and a 3-note whistle are used for the COOL response. Our animated narrator will also introduce the concept of how and why the BeCool sunglasses came to be in his introductory show. In time, students will be able to recall the feeling tone of the HOT, COLD and COOL responses by recalling the icon itself. These icons will be of special help to the learner with cognitive disabilities, who may be unable to verbalize behaviors associated with acting COOL, but quite capable of recalling the sunglasses, or 3-note whistle icons of the COOL response, as well as the calm tone associated with them, 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 young children and 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 it’s 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. The BeCool paradigm is research based and truly works. Conflict management is a skill your students must understand!

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BeCool Lower Elementary

12 Videos

  • BeCool LE - Mod 1 Criticism - Ep 1: BeCool

    Students will learn to identify three "styles" of response: Cold, Hot, and Cool.

  • BeCool LE - Mod 1 Criticism - Ep 2: If Criticism is Fair, Accept It & 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. Your students will understand the effectiveness of COOL responses in coping with criticism.

  • BeCool LE - Mod 1 Criticism - Ep 3: Ask to Explain/Accept

    Often a person is confused and not aware of the reason they are being criticized. This lesson is about "asking to explain" the criticism if it is not understood and then "accepting" the criticism if it's found to be true or fair.

  • BeCool LE - Mod 2 Teasing - Ep 2: Ignore the Teaser

    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 LE - Mod 2 Teasing - Ep 3: Laughing It Off & Changing the Subject

    Students will identify how the COOL responses of "laughing it off" and "changing the subject" can be helpful responses to teasing when "ignoring" doesn't work.

  • BeCool LE - Mod 2 Teasing - Ep 4: Ask the Teaser to Stop

    Students will identify how the COOL response of "asking to stop" can be a helpful response to teasing. They will recall and model the three steps of the BeCool response to teasing and they will identify four choices for ending teasing.

  • BeCool LE - Mod 3 Bullying - Ep 2: Look the Look (Confident Attitude)

    Students will identify what bullying is and why people bully. They will recognize the dangers of bullying and identify the negative effects of acting helpless (COLD) and blowing up (HOT) when encountering bullies. Students will understand how the ACTING COOL, confident response can be an effectiv...

  • BeCool LE - Mod 3 Bullying - Ep 3: Peer Pressure

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

  • BeCool LE - Mod 4 Anger/Others - Ep 2: Accept/Apologize/Make Up

    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 from others and how the ACTING COOL response can be an ...

  • BeCool LE - Mod 4 Anger/Others - Ep 3: Explain Your Side/Take a Break

    Students will understand how the COOL response of "explain your side" can be a positive response to unfair anger and that "taking a break" allows everyone a chance to let go of their anger and calm down.

  • BeCool LE - Mod 5 Anger/Self - Ep 2: Frustration with Difficult People

    Students will learn to identify what "self anger" is and why people become angry at themselves.

  • BeCool LE - Mod 5 Anger/Self - Ep 3: Broken Promises

    Students will learn to identify the negative effects of HOT and COLD responses to self anger over a broken promise. They will understand how the ACTING COOL response can be an effective response to self anger over a broken promise.