Quick summary: In this lesson, students will learn how to de-escalate violent situations and implement strategies to limit the occurrence of a violent outcome. Students will learn strategies in how to calm someone down when they are angry or heightened. They will learn how to ‘get around’ the fight or flight response and keep themselves safe in heightened situations.
The STOP the Coward Punch education package aims to spread awareness about the devastating effects of the coward punch on our community. This education package was developed by a team of experts, including a youth worker, education specialist and specialist teachers and references the latest research and laws on coward punches.
- Students know how and when to intervene in conflict scenarios, whilst keeping themselves and others safe
- Students understand the behaviours that will help calm someone who is in fight or flight mode.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Years 9 & 10 Health and Physical Education:
- Investigate how empathy and ethical decision making contribute to respectful relationships (ACPPS093)
- Evaluate situations and propose appropriate emotional responses and then reflect on possible outcomes of different responses (ACPPS094)
Syllabus outcomes: PD5-3, PD5-11, PD5-13, PD5-16
General capabilities: Literacy, Personal and Social Capability
Relevant parts of Years 9 & 10 achievement standards:
Students critically analyse contextual factors that influence identities, relationships, decisions and behaviours. They evaluate the outcomes of emotional responses to different situations. Students access, synthesise and apply health information from credible sources to propose and justify responses to health situations.
Topic: Social Issues, Health & Wellbeing
This lesson is part of the wider unit of work STOP the Coward Punch: HPE – Years 9 & 10.
Time required: 70 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion.
- Device capable of presenting a video to the class
- Student Worksheets – one copy per student.
Related professional development: Strategies for Dealing with Aggressive and Violent Behaviours
Keywords: anger, self-control, violence, strategies, feelings, emotions, escalation, respect, responsibility, communication, de-escalation
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.