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Self-Efficacy and Self-Respect via FAST

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Social-Emotional Learning ^21st Century Skills Middle/High School Strategy

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Anxiety Flexible Thinking Self-regulation Expressive Language Social Awareness

Self-Efficacy and Self-Respect via FAST

If your student struggles with challenging social situations

How To Apply It!

  1. Having a concrete, structured approach to handling challenging social situations can help you work through a situation systematically and manage your emotions.
  2. Try to remember the mnemonic acronym FAST when you are confronted with a moral dilemma. Working through each step can help you attack the problem in a way that can be less stressful and emotional.
  3. F: Fairness to yourself and others. Hold true to your own beliefs but respect that others' beliefs can differ from yours.
  4. A: Apologies are not always necessary. You do not need to apologize for your beliefs or opinions or expect others to apologize for theirs. You can explain and discuss without apologizing.
  5. S: Stick to your values and beliefs. Be firm in what is most important to you and do not give in. It might not be easy to walk away or disagree with friends but it is most important to be true to yourself.
  6. T: Truthfulness. Be true to yourself and to others. Avoid exaggerations, excuses and falsehoods. It is always better to own up to mistakes than to lie about them.

Why It Works (the Science Of Learning)!

Students struggle with effective self-advocacy skills for a variety of reasons. Providing them with a structured approach can help them clarify what is important and help them resolve problems on their own. An acronym like FAST can be useful because it can be relatively easy to remember and apply in stressful or emotional situations. Source: Dialectic Behavior Therapy National Certification and Accreditation Association