topic three: communication
to the teacher
In this topic the pupils should be encouraged to look at the need
for good communication in the family. So often people start to make
an effort to communicate when it is almost too late; for instance,
when some issue comes to a head and feelings are high. The situations
in this topic are ones which could cause considerable trouble if
not properly talked through with all concerned.
Divide the class into 5 groups to discuss the following situations.
Give each group a different one. (They are reprinted on resource
sheet 4, page 15, for copying.) They should be considered from
all points of view, not just their own as teenagers.
1. A teenager wants to be a trend-setter, having an unusual kind
of party where the fun does not depend on a lot of booze. It has
been decided to talk about it as a family. What do they come up
2. A family has been to the same place for summer holidays ever
since the children were young. They are now teenagers and want to
do something different. What compromise can they reach so that all
can have an enjoyable time?
3. The main bread-winner in the family has been made redundant.
What can all the others do to support that person and help to keep
things going through the difficult time ahead?
4. One of the grandparents who live nearby has died leaving the
other alone and needing regular help for which he/she cannot afford
to pay. The family has room to have him/her living with them but
the grand-parent wants to remain as independent as possible. Obviously
adjustments will have to be made whatever happens. What would be
a good solution to this?
5. The parents have found that they hardly ever have a really good
talk together as a family. They blame the T.V. and are considering
throwing it out. Is this the best course of action or is there some
other way? If so what is it?
While the discussions are going on, listen in
on each group, taking note where there is good communication and
the places where it is being dominated by one person etc.
After about ten minutes, ask each group to read
out their situation and tell the class the conclusions they have
come to or the difficulties they had. Others in the class may well
be able to give helpful suggestions before going on to the next.
Ask the groups whether they were satisfied with
the level of communication they were able to achieve and how this
could have been improved. Here you can say what you noticed as you
In discussing these issues what difficulties had to be
overcome by the family in order to find solutions?
Give each pupil worksheet
3 (page 12) Talk to me and ask them to answer
the questions on the first side of it. Now give each of them resource
sheet 3 (page 14) Listen to the children to
read. They can then answer the questions on the second side of the