Chinese School at Chapel Hill - Class Profile

Class Name:Soft Skills 软实力修炼:健全的心志,快乐的人生
Class Room:427
Class Time:4:00-4:50 PM
Pre-requirement:Age 12+
Class Goal:Dr. Plesec (retired psychology) and Nurse Jan Maren lead the class.
人的一切烦恼都来自于人际关系. All troubles come from relationships with others and yourself. Dr. Plesec is a retired Psychologist, who has more than 30 years of clinical experience. Nurse Practitioner Jan Ma-ran has diverse experience including mental health and primary care. Michelle Fu has a Ph.D. in Physics and 20 years of experience in the IT field with special experience working with people. They will present a continuation of the Fall Soft Skills class. The curriculum is informative, challenging, and fun covering topics relevant to getting along socially. The class is helpful in confronting issues that occur when Eastern values meet Western values, particularly in the school setting. The concepts of Personal Bank Account, Relationship Bank Account, awareness of feelings and thinking, using good listening techniques will be applied to these topics: Developing further awareness of your patterns of thinking and feeling, Developing skills to accept and manage your feelings, Developing skills to handle social situations appropriately, Using acquired skills to enhance your current interpersonal relationships and for developing or building new ones. Each class begins with “ice breakers” which help students to warm up to the group activity. Instructional material is drawn from multiple sources and includes the concepts of Cultivating your Personal Bank Account, Cultivating your Relationship Bank account, using the Sandwich Technique in giving feedback, learning the value of empathy and how to demonstrate it socially. Students get a chance to practice skills taught in class, through role-playing, gaming, and participating in class discussion. Testimonies from the students and parents in the class. One student, who’s family moved into the area 2 years ago, attended the class with the question of “how to make friends.” They have made multiple friends and are more comfortable starting a conversation. One mom wrote to me: “Thanks a lot for the dedication and love you, Dr. Plesec, and Jan put into the class! I think the skills you taught in the class will benefit the students for their lifetime. The class teaches students how to manage emotions and relationships, help and ask for help, express positive feelings and deal with uncomfortable situations. These are critical skills which will help people sail through their good and bad time. I wish I could have taken such a class when I was young. Thank you!” One dad shared the story of his child’s development in understanding his and other’s emotions when he recalled how they had properly apologized after getting in a fight with their mother. After one dad observed the class, he understood more about ABCs (American Born Chinese) who grew up in American culture and appreciated the diverse values that Dr. Plesec and Nurse Jan brought to our Chinese community. Parents are welcome to the class.

Teacher Name:Fu, Yi, Maran, Janet/ Plesec Tom 傅易
Teacher Contact Info:Phone: 702-401-8225 (text during the day, it is OK to call me at night)    Email:
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Class DateClass PlanClass Day
01/11/2020 Yes
02/01/2020 Yes
02/08/2020 Yes
02/15/2020 Yes
02/22/2020 Yes
02/29/2020 Yes
03/07/2020 Yes
03/14/2020 Yes
03/21/2020 Yes
03/28/2020 Yes
04/18/2020 Yes
04/25/2020 Yes
05/02/2020 Yes
05/09/2020 Yes
05/16/2020 Yes
05/30/2020 Yes
06/06/2020 Yes
No School: 01/18/2020(MLK Holiday Weekend),   01/25/2020(Chinese New Year Celebration Performance at ECHHS),   04/04/2020(Spring Break),   04/11/2020(Spring Break),   05/23/2020(Memorial Day Holiday Break, Picnic, Camping)
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