topic four – respect for property
teacher's notes - general approach
In many communities young people seem to have little respect for
other people's property. Vandalism quickly discourages all efforts
to improve the environment.
In this topic we will try to see how better attitudes could be
created. The first step helps the pupils to understand how it feels
to be a victim. There may be some in the class who have been victims,
either through having their belongings stolen or broken or through
their homes having been burgled. They could be encouraged to share
their feelings and reactions.
The second step is to consider that respecting people's property
is a way of showing respect to the people themselves, for many people
feel that the things they own are part of themselves.
To give a choice of approach for you and the class to follow there
are alternative activities for this topic.
Some means of monitoring whether the class is adopting new attitudes
should also be created. Suggestions for this are made in activity
Start the lesson by taking something (the more valuable the better!)
from three or four of the noisiest or strongest members of the class.
Do not say anything to them. Put these objects where you keep your
own belongings. Do this with no comment and then carry on with the
lesson as if nothing had happened.
How exactly you do this will depend on you and the class, but the
idea is to take these pupils by surprise and get them thinking.
You may find a better way.
If you are not following this with activity one
you will need to find another opportunity to discover how some people
felt about having the things taken from them.