BeCool Middle School: Give & Take

BeCool Middle School: Give & Take

BeCool: Give & Take follows, in format and production value, one of the most widely used and highly recognized educational series ever developed—BeCool: Conflict Management. Give & Take expands the BeCool Conflict Management concept beyond coping with immediate provocation by teaching students how to negotiate lasting resolution to conflicts and disputes. The program teaches the same techniques used by top negotiators to resolve disputes in business, law, and government. The negotiation skills students acquire through the Give & Take series will be tools on which they can rely, over and over, throughout their lives as they interact with family members, friends, co-workers, and authority figures. Your students will learn that negotiation, not force or emotional blackmail, is the best way to obtain what they want from others—and that Give & Take Negotiation, a method that emphasizes fairness, leads to agreements that develop mutual respect and promote future cooperation.

The major components of the negotiation based conflict management process are presented in a series of video scenarios in which one character tries to reach agreement with another using three different negotiation approaches—a “HOT” (aggressive) style, a COLD (passive) style, and a “COOL” Give & Take style. The negative consequences of the manipulative HOT and self-defeating COLD approaches are then illustrated, along with the positive consequences of the mutually respectful COOL Give & Take approach. The COOL Give & Take approach is outlined in three easy steps: Gather Intelligence, Set the Mood, and Make a W.I.S.E. agreement

In this series, your students will learn:
The clear advantage of using Give &Take Conflict Management ethical negotiation over force, threat, and/or manipulation to settle differences
The basic elements of an ethical, win-win agreement.
How to avoid being a passive “SOFT” negotiator by over-compromising in order to escape from dealing with natural disagreements.
How to recognize and respond to the one-sided demands and manipulation of the “HARD” negotiator who wants too much.
How to use the BeCool approach to make a W.I.S.E. agreement.
How to decide issues based upon merits rather than personality.
How to use “third party” unbiased criteria instead of personal opinion as a measure of fairness.
How to recognize and respond to unfair bargaining tactics and emotional blackmail. And more!

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BeCool Middle School: Give & Take

8 Videos

  • BeCool G&T - Mod 1 Demands - Ep 1: Dirty Tricks

    Students will understand that "negotiation" is a process people use to find solutions to shared problems. They will understand the advantages of settling differences with "give & take" negotiations over making demands. Students will also understand that the way we negotiate can affect how we feel...

  • BeCool G&T - Mod 1 Demands - Ep 2: Keeping a Bad Agreement

    Students will understand that if an agreement turns out to be unfair, it can be renegotiated. They will understand the advantages of settling differences with "renegotiation" over surrender or hostility.

  • BeCool G&T - Mod 2 Intimidation - Ep 1: Loss of Respect

    Students will understand the difference between "differences" and "conflicts" and why negotiating resolution to conflicts requires self-control and attention.They will understand when and how to use an "impartial third party" to negotiate conflict resolution. Students will learn to recognize and ...

  • BeCool G&T - Mod 2 Intimidation - Ep 2: Cheating Yourself

    Students will understand that resolving conflicts with friends requires having sensitivity and respect for their feelings. They will learn to recognize that cheating oneself is as bad as cheating someone else.

  • BeCool G&T - Mod 3 Threats - Ep 1: Emotional Blackmail

    Students will understand that settling differences with authority figures requires more awareness for showing respect during the process of negotiation. They will recognize "emotional blackmail" and its negative consequences. Students will also understand the importance of establishing an "atmosp...

  • BeCool G&T - Mod 3 Intimidation - Ep 2: Demands and Threats

    Students will learn to recognize the negative consequences that can result from using threats to influence people in authority, including: generating defensiveness, retaliation, and burning bridges.

  • BeCool G&T - Mod 4 Insolence - Ep 1: Manipulation

    Students will understand the advantages of settling differences with authority figures using "give and take" negotiation instead of manipulation and insolence. They will learn to recognize the negative long-term consequences of trying to manipulate authority figures to get your way. Students will...

  • BeCool G&T - Mod 4 Insolence - Ep 2: Disrespect

    Students will learn to recognize the negative consequences of assuming a disrespectful and insolent attitude when dealing with authority figures.