BeCool Middle School

BeCool Middle School

Like it or not, your students are going to inevitably encounter peers and authority figures who are manipulative, critical, angry, or unkind. How they respond to these difficult people will affect their relationships and their self-esteem. With BeCool: Middle School, you’ll teach your students how to avoid being a Victim (COLD) or a Hothead (HOT) in responding to these difficult people and to act assertively (COOL) instead. BeCool Conflict Management teaches your students how to maintain dignity and self-control in the face of conflict.

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.”

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 teaching conflict management to 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 Middle School

11 Videos

  • BeCool MS - Mod 1 Criticism - Ep 1: Ask to Clarify/Accept

    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. Students will unders...

  • BeCool MS - Mod 1 Criticism - Ep 2: Explain Your Side

    Students will learn to identify the negative consequences of HOT and COLD responses to invalid or unfair criticism. They will identify the LOOKING, THINKING, and ACTING elements of a COOL response. Students will demonstrate an understanding of why the COOL response of "explaining your side" can b...

  • BeCool MS - Mod 2 Teasing - Ep 1: Ignore/Laugh It Off/Change the Subject

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

  • BeCool MS - Mod 2 Teasing - Ep 2: Ask to Stop

    Students will learn to identify the negative consequences of HOT and COLD responses to hurtful teasing. They will also identify the LOOKING, THINKING, and ACTING elements of a COOL response to hurtful teasing.

  • BeCool MS - Mod 3 Bullying - Ep 1: Look the Look (Anti-Victim Strategies)

    Students will identify what bullying is and why people bully. They will also identify the negative consequences of HOT and COLD responses to bullying. Students will demonstrate an understanding of why the COOL response of "look the look" (anti-victim strategies) can be an effective defense agains...

  • BeCool MS - Mod 3 Bullying - Ep 2: Talk the Talk/Walk the Walk

    Students will identify the negative consequences of HOT and COLD responses to bullying in the form of sexual harassment. Students will demonstrate an understanding of why the COOL response of "talk the talk" (asking to stop) and "walk the walk" (get help if necessary) can be an effective response...

  • BeCool MS - Mod 3 Bullying - Ep 3: Peer Pressure Refusal Skills

    Students will learn what peer pressure is. They will identify some common ways that people might try to exert peer pressure. Students will identify the negative consequences of HOT and COLD responses to peer pressure bullying. Students will demonstrate an understanding of why the COOL response of...

  • BeCool MS - Mod 4 Anger/Others - 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 fair anger from others and how the ACTING COOL response can b...

  • BeCool MS - Mod 4 Anger/Others -Ep 2: Take a Break/Talk It Over

    Students will demonstrate an understanding of why the COOL response of "taking a break" may be necessary before it's possible to "talk it over."

  • BeCool MS - Mod 5 Anger/Self - Ep 1: Broken Agreements

    Students will identify what self-anger is and why people become angry at themselves. They will identify the negative consequences of HOT and COLD responses to self-anger due to a broken agreement. Students will demonstrate an understanding of why the COOL response can be an effective way to deal ...

  • BeCool MS - Mod 5 Anger/Self - Ep 2: Check It Out (Misunderstanding a Situation)

    Students will identify the negative consequences of HOT and COLD responses to self-anger due to misunderstanding a situation. They will demonstrate an understanding of why the COOL response of "checking it out" can be an effective response to self-anger due to misunderstanding a situation.