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Assertiveness Training using our 5E Learning | SEL Program Outline

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Creating an Assertive Behaviour Training Program that spans two days, incorporating 5E learning and socio-emotional learning techniques, involves careful planning and structure. Here’s a detailed outline you can follow:


Day 1: Understanding Assertiveness


Session 1: Introduction to Assertiveness

- Engage: Icebreaker activity to build rapport and set expectations.

- Explore: Discuss different communication styles (passive, aggressive, assertive).

- Explain: Present benefits of assertiveness in personal and professional life.

- Elaborate: Role-play scenarios demonstrating passive, aggressive, and assertive responses.

- Evaluate: Q&A and discussion on personal experiences.


Session 2: Principles of Assertive Communication

- Engage: Recap previous session with a quiz or reflection exercise.

- Explore: Define assertive communication (clear, direct, respectful).

- Explain: Teach techniques (I-statements, active listening, assertive body language).

- Elaborate: Practice assertive communication through structured exercises.

- Evaluate: Small group discussions on challenges and successes.


Session 3: Building Self-Efficacy

- Engage: Reflect on personal strengths and areas for improvement.

- Explore: Discuss self-esteem and its connection to assertiveness.

- Explain: Techniques for building confidence and self-assurance.

- Elaborate: Role-play exercises focusing on building self-efficacy in assertive behavior.

- Evaluate: Share reflections in pairs or small groups.


Day 2: Applying Assertiveness Skills


Session 4: Overcoming Barriers to Assertiveness

- Engage: Recap Day 1 and key learnings.

- Explore: Identify common barriers to assertiveness (fear of conflict, cultural factors).

- Explain: Strategies for overcoming barriers (assertiveness in challenging situations).

- Elaborate: Role-play challenging scenarios, applying assertiveness techniques.

- Evaluate: Group discussion on strategies that worked and adjustments needed.


Session 5: Assertiveness in Real-Life Contexts

- Engage: Reflect on personal goals for assertiveness.

- Explore: Apply assertiveness skills to real-life scenarios (workplace, personal relationships).

- Explain: Discuss ethical considerations in assertive communication.

- Elaborate: Role-play or case studies based on participants’ contexts.

- Evaluate: Peer feedback and reflection on personal growth.


Session 6: Integration and Action Planning

- Engage: Review course highlights and personal achievements.

- Explore: Discuss long-term benefits of practicing assertiveness.

- Explain: Create individual action plans for continued development.

- Elaborate: Pair/share action plans, receive peer feedback.

- **Evaluate:** Final Q&A and course evaluation.


Pedagogical Approach: 5E Learning Model


- Engage: Use icebreakers, reflections, and quizzes to activate prior knowledge and capture interest.

- Explore: Provide opportunities for exploration through discussions, case studies, and scenarios.

- Explain: Deliver content using clear explanations, examples, and demonstrations.

- Elaborate: Facilitate deeper learning through role-plays, group activities, and application exercises.

- Evaluate: Assess learning through discussions, reflections, and peer feedback.


Socio-Emotional Learning Techniques


- Self-awareness: Encourage self-reflection on personal communication styles and emotions.

- Self-management: Teach strategies for managing emotions in assertive communication.

- Social awareness: Foster empathy and understanding of others’ perspectives.

- Relationship skills: Practice active listening, conflict resolution, and building rapport.

- Responsible decision-making: Discuss ethical considerations and consequences of communication styles.


Additional Tips:


- Incorporate Diversity: Consider cultural differences in assertiveness and communication styles.

- Active Learning: Balance lectures with interactive activities to keep participants engaged.

- Feedback: Provide constructive feedback throughout the program to support skill development.

- Follow-Up: Offer resources for ongoing learning and support beyond the training sessions.


By structuring your training program around these principles, you can create a comprehensive and effective assertive behaviour training that integrates both 5E learning and socio-emotional learning techniques over two days.




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