From Rage to Reason is an educational board game designed to teach important concepts and practical skills for controlling anger and avoiding violence. Players earn play money by giving Randy good advice on how to deal with frustrating and anger-provoking situations throughout his day, both on the job and in his personal life. Players are introduced to the concept that anger can carry Randy away towards actions that will be regretted later. Three sets of skills are introduced that help Randy stay calm, make good decisions, and prepare for difficult situations: self skills, thinking skills, and people skills. Students with anger and aggression problems are usually anxious and defensive whenever the subject is brought up.
In the game, however, students are giving advice to Randy, a fictitious person. This "distance" puts them in a position where they can deal with and learn about these important issues without the usual defensiveness and denial. In the post-game discussion, the teacher relates the players' actions in the game to real life situations.
Know how you feel
Stay Calm (take deep breaths, etc.)
Give yourself feedback
Prepare Make a decision
Postpone your reaction
Think ahead about results
Say how you feel
Ask a good question
Students with anger and aggression problems are usually anxious and defensive whenever the subject is brought up. The game is designed with lots of suspense and negotiating to make it fun and appealing for older students. A "Teacher's Materials" booklet with complete lesson plans is included.
Players: 2-6 (more with teams)
Grades: 8 - adult
This game is highly effective for students with anger control problems. Also, since anger control is a vital skill for career success, and since many of the examples are work related, the game is an excellent school-to-career activity.
1. Learn to understand situations that can lead to anger and aggression.
2. Learn to think first before taking rash action.
3. Learn specific skills for controlling anger and aggression.
4. Learn to be assertive without being aggressive.
5. Learn specific anger control skills, as listed above.
6. Feel better about themselves during and after conflict situations.
Includes: game board, play money, rules, 4 sets of cards, anger control skills sheet and a "Teacher's Materials" booklet with complete lesson plans.