Activity Introduction

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.

Coward Punch logo​​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.

 

Learning intentions:

  • 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: 

CommunicatingCreative ThinkingEmpathyProblem SolvingSocial Skills

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

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.

Resources required:

  • 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.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students will...

  • … know how and when to intervene in conflict scenarios, whilst keeping themselves and others safe
  • … understand the behaviours that will help calm someone who is in fight or flight mode.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • … implement de-escalation strategies to reduce the likelihood of violent behaviour
  • … adjust their individual behaviours to manage feelings of anger and influence the behaviour of those around them
  • … apply new knowledge to their own stories to inform future thinking and behaviours.

Teacher content information:

The STOP the Coward Punch campaign
STOP the Coward Punch by Danny Green aims to eliminate the coward punch from society and save lives in the process. Since 2000, over 172 Australians have been killed by a coward punch and many more were injured. The coward punch leaves a devastating ripple through society, mentally and physically scarring family, friends and survivors for life. The ST

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Student Worksheet

Coward Punch - De-escalation Strategies

Learning intentions: You will...

  • … know how and when to intervene in conflict scenarios, whilst keeping yourself and others safe
  • … understand the behaviours that will help calm someone who is in fight or flight mode.

Success criteria: You can…

  • … implement de-escalation strategies to reduce the likelihood of violent behaviour
  • … adjust your individual behaviours to manage feelings of anger and influence the behaviour of those around you
  • … apply new knowledge to your own stories to inform future thinking and behaviours.

De-escalation Techniques

1. Watch this video:

How to de-escalate someone (https://youtu.be/4qsfBCatgX8)

Note: There are some spelling issues in this video.

Reflect on the three tips provided in the video:

  • Validate them
  • Help them figure out other options
  • Respect their free will.

2. Read through these strategies provided by the NSW Department of Health:

  • When there are signs of anger or verbal a
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