Many schools are implementing Jo Hamilton’s 20 assertiveness tools from her book The Ultimate Assertiveness Toolbox for Kids across the entire school as a preventative approach.
The following posters and merchandise are available. Please email a request using the form below
20 tools on one page
One tool per page with brief explanation
R450 per set of 20 posters
20 tools on laminated card (5cm x 5cm) with brief explanation.
Perfect to keep as a concrete reminder on school bags, in pencil bags and pockets.
R45 per set
Essential Dos and Don’ts for when your child is being bullied
Implementation of Jo Hamilton’s Assertiveness Skills in School Settings
Feedback from St John’s Preparatory School
St John’s Prep has spent 11 weeks exploring the 20 assertiveness tools contained in Jo Hamilton’s book – The Ultimate Assertiveness Toolbox for Kids. The book sets out the tools in an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand and easy-to-interact-with manner. The tools were presented to the boys weekly, two at a time, through a simple video explaining the two tools of the week. Each teacher has a copy of the book and, after watching the video with the class, was able to facilitate discussions and further explain the tools. We have created several ‘corridors of assertiveness’ where boys can see the posters of the tools and make them part of their own toolbox against mean kids or bullies. We have seen a decrease in minor incidents throughout the school. If an issue is raised, boys have been asked what tools they used before coming to the teacher. Where there have been bigger issues, due to their nature, there is now a clear distinction, and staff have more time to deal with these in a proper manner.
As part of making these tools second nature, we will continue to use the book through the school year. Dealing with mean kids or bullies is hard, and we need to give our boys the skills to stand up for themselves and to become more assertive.
St John’s Prep School