Summary - Today we talked about healthy and unhealthy relationship characteristics. Each student drew 5 characteristics / behaviors from a pile of behaviors. The students were to put those behaviors on a stoplight graphic. Red meaning it is a definite 'don't stay in the relationship' cue, yellow meaning that they may like or not like it but it is not important either way, and green meaning it is definitely important in a relationship. This led us to talk about how even many bad relationships have characteristics in the green but we need to identify characteristics that make abusive relationships and know its time to end those relationships. Then for the next activity in class, students were given a slip of paper with a statistic about dating abuse in it. Students were to share that statistic with others in their class. We discussed some of these statistics and reflected on them. Then students were given 6 scenarios. Students were to discuss with a partner if they felt that the scenario depicted an example of dating abuse. We discussed in class. We took a more traditional route on the education of dating about today giving the students fill in the blank notes and a powerpoint. The powerpoint addressed different types of abuse with examples. Also, the powerpoint addressed what a friend / daughter / self could do if encountering an abusive relationship; including local resources like 211 (hotline) and 741741 (texting)
Homework - Stoplight Worksheet
Objectives - Students will list and identify characteristics that are healthy and unhealthy in a relationship (Standard 1 Core Concepts).
Students will make a pros and cons list to make a choice to prevent violence (Standard 5 Decision Making).
Students will make decisions to match their values regarding relationships (Standard 5 Decision Making)
Students will identify reliable resources to get help for someone in an abusive relationship (Standard 3 Accessing Information)
Students will encourage a friend to seek help if in an unhealthy relationship (Standard 8 Advocacy)
Students will identify reasons for someone staying in an unhealthy relationship (Standard 2 Analyzing Influences)