Crisis Management

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The primary goal of this module is to understand the notion of CRISIS and learn how to better manage with it.

Crisis is an unstable, negative situation where an individual, a group of individuals, or a society feels threatened. It is often associated with an unforeseen event, characterised by negative outcomes and severe, life changing consequences. The notion of these can in turn lead to insecurity, anxiety, intense fear, and helplessness often accompanied by hopelessness, panic, and denial. A crisis is always an
unwanted and unexpected situation that causes damage to people, nature, organisations, or society and requires swift and immediate actions of everyone involved.

Every one of us in life faces different problems, issues, and challenges, if not on a daily basis. They are definitely part of our lives. But it is very important to distinguish between them. Crises are something different from our personal, family or career problems/issues/challenges, and not just because they are larger in scale. Crises take control of human lives, they are characterised by change, high levels of uncertainty and complexity. Knowing the difference between problems, issues, and challenges on one side and crises on the other is very important because they require different solutions, responses and they have different characteristics. It is true that a crisis is the most threatening of all to human beings and society, but it is important to realise that any issue or problem can escalate, progress into a crisis.

In this lesson, pupils get familiar with different events from recent history that are considered major disasters and crises. They will be matching cards with a short description of crises as a warmup activity and will then, with teacher guidance, use online search tools to gather information and prepare a presentation of found information. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn about different types of crises from the past
  • Search for information online and in other literature (e.g. books, textbooks)
  • Learn the causes and possible solutions/counteracts of the presented crises
  • Present findings using poster presentation (*optional: Powerpoint presentations)

What is the target audience?

  • Young Students aged 12-13

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Lesson 1

1
LEARNING UNIT 1.1 – INTRODUCTION TO CRISIS MANAGEMENT

In this lesson, pupils get familiar with different events from recent history that are considered major disasters and crises. They will be matching cards with a short description of crises as a warmup activity and will then, with teacher guidance, use online search tools to gather information and prepare a presentation of found information. 

 

TIME: 90 min (90 min block lesson or separate two 45 min lessons)*

* The lesson is prepared for a general duration of 90 minutes, however since the content is interactive the actual time may vary. The same applies to preparation time.

 

PREPARATION: the learning unit refers to Chapter 1 of the Crisis Management Guide – as for preparation it is recommended to revise the content. See the materials you need for this lesson under the MATERIALS section.

 

The preparation part can maybe be show with a graphic. An example from another project.

CLASS ORGANISATION: Group work or pairs (depending on the size of the class)

METHODOLOGY: Cards, video presentation, online search, discussion, poster or powerpoint presentation

 

LESSON GOALS:

Topic from the project: Introduction to Crisis management

 

 

Pupils:

-   learn about different types of crises from the past

 

-   search for information online and in other literature (e.g. books, textbooks)

-   learn the causes and possible solutions/counteracts of the presented crises

-   present findings using poster presentation (*optional: Powerpoint presentations)

 

SUBJECT:

-   history

-   science

-   society class

-   sociology

-   computer sciences

-   language class (the search and presentation can be done in a foreign language)

-   class meeting

-   elective subjects

-   extracurricular activities[T1] 

 

MATERIALS:

-  computer and projector

-   video presentation

-   online search engines

-   textbook (optional)

-   books (optional)

-   cards (in the appendix)

-   scissors (optional)

 

Lesson 2

1
learning Unit 1.2-DEFINITIONS - CHALLENGE, ISSUE, PROBLEM AND CRISIS
45 Minutes

In this lesson, pupils will explore different situations and learn the differences between challenges, issues, problems and crises.

TIME: 45 min*

* The lesson is prepared for general duration of  45 minutes, however since the content is interactive the actual time may vary. The same applies to preparation time.

 

PREPARATION: the learning unit refers to Chapters 4 and 5  of the Crisis Management Guide – as for preparation it is recommended to revise the content. See the materials you need for this lesson under MATERIALS section.

 

CLASS ORGANISATION: Work in class and individual work

 

METHODOLOGY: Discussion, powerpoint presentation, writing down ideas

 

LESSON GOALS:

Topic from the project: Defining Crisis / The definition of problems, issues, and challenges

 

Pupils:

-   learn about different types of (negative) situations we all are facing in life

-  learn to assess the situations they are familiar with and what they are (challenges/issues/…)

-   think about the possible solutions

-   present ideas in class (as a discussion)

 

 

SUBJECT:

-   society class

-   sociology

-   class meeting

-   elective subjects

-   Extracurricular activities

 

 

 

MATERIALS:

-  computer and projector

-   paper and pencils

Lesson 3

1
LEARNING UNIT 1.3 - TEACHING PLAN DEFINITIONS - WHAT TYPES OF CRISES EXIST?
45

In this lesson, pupils will learn about different types of crisis and study more into depth a case of a recent crisis in their country.

TIME: 45 min (or 90 min with bigger group and a more in-depth discussion)*

* The lesson is prepared for a general duration of  45 or 90 minutes, however since the content is interactive the actual time may vary. The same applies to preparation time.

PREPARATION: the learning unit refers to Chapter 7 of the Crisis Management Guide – as for preparation it is recommended to revise the content. See the materials you need for this lesson under the MATERIALS section.

CLASS ORGANISATION: Frontal and group work

METHODOLOGY: Video presentation, group work, in-class discussion

LESSON GOALS:

Topic from the project: Types of crises

Pupils:

-   learn about different types of crises

-   analyze a recent crisis

-   present ideas in class (as a discussion)

 

SUBJECT:

-   science

-   society class

-   sociology

-   class meeting

-   language class (the video is in English, the discussion can be in a foreign language to learn new words, phrases)

-   elective subjects

-   extracurricular activities[T1] 

 

MATERIALS:

-  computer and projector

-   paper and pencils


Check the school subjects in your conutry and revis the subject list accordingly. Add new subjects if necessary.

Lesson 4

1
LEARNING UNIT 1.4 – TEACHING PLAN DEALING WITH CRISIS – THE CRISIS MANAGEMENT PLAN
90

In this lesson, pupils will get familiar with crisis management, briefly learn about professional crisis management plans and then focus on simple crisis management plans that can be applied in everyday situations. They will work in groups on different cases of personal crises.

MATERIALS:

-  computer and projector

-   cards with cases

-   paper and pencils

-   online search engines (optional)

TIME: 90 min (90 min block lesson or separate two 45 min lessons)*

* The lesson is prepared for a general duration of  90 minutes, however since the content is interactive the actual time may vary. The same applies to preparation time.

PREPARATION: the learning unit refers to Chapters 10 and 11 of the Crisis Management Guide – as for preparation it is recommended to revise the content. See the materials you need for this lesson under the MATERIALS section.

CLASS ORGANISATION: Group work

METHODOLOGY: Powerpoint presentation, cards with cases, discussion, powerpoint (or similar) presentation of group work

LESSON GOALS:

Topic from the project: How to act in face of crisis? / The crisis management plan / Coming up with a plan

Pupils:

-   learn about crisis management

-   learn about the large-scale crises management plans

-   learn about simple crisis management process 

-   work in groups on cases of personal crises

-   present the cases to class (using power point or other)

SUBJECT:

-   society class

-   sociology

-   language class (the search and presentation can be done in a foreign language)

-   class meeting

-   elective subjects

-   extracurricular activities

 

MATERIALS:

-  computer and projector

-   cards with cases

 

Lesson 5

1
LEARNING UNIT 1.5 – TEACHING PLAN CRISIS AS AN OPPORTUNITY
45'-90'

In this lesson, another aspect of crises will be presented to pupils – crisis as an opportunity. Pupils will learn how to take the positive out of a negative situation by creating a blog post.

TIME: 45 or 90 min*

(If the pupils will be creating very simple and short blog posts and handing them in for teacher’s review without presentations or with a few very brief presentations, it could be done in 45 min. In case they will be creating more thoughtful blog posts with presentations, 90 min should be allowed for this lesson.)

* The lesson is prepared for a general duration of 45 or 90 minutes, however since the content is interactive the actual time may vary. The same applies to preparation time.

PREPARATION: the learning unit refers to Chapters 12 and 13 of the Crisis Management Guide – as for preparation it is recommended to revise the content. See the materials you need for this lesson under the MATERIALS section.

CLASS ORGANISATION: Frontal, individual/work in pairs or groups

METHODOLOGY: Content creation, blog post creation (and graphic design), discussion, presentation

LESSON GOALS:

Topic from the project: Crisis as an opportunity / Using doers mindset to help society

Pupils:

-   learn that crises can also have positive outcomes

-   create a blog post on the topic: Crisis as an opportunity

-   present their work in class

-   **optional: create a graphic representing the content of the blog e.g. using freely accessible design program such as Canva or similar

SUBJECT:

-   society class

-   sociology

-   computer sciences

-   language class (the search and presentation can be done in a foreign language)

-   class meeting

-   elective subject

-   extracurricular activities

 

MATERIALS:

-  computer and projector

-   paper and pencil

-   computers available to pupils for creating blog content

Enrolled: 37 students
Duration: 5 hours
Lectures: 5
Video: 2 hours
Level: Intermediate

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