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MASST-R Modules

MASST-R Module 1: Self-Awareness

Self-awareness, as defined through the Social Emotional literature, is accurately assessing one's feelings, values, and strengths; and maintaining a well-grounded sense of self-confidence. MASST-R begins with the premise that internal control is necessary for responsible, productive behavior and problem solving. Essential to such internal control is a knowledge of self: who we are, what forces made us what we are, how we have made choices that resulted in who we have become, and how to modify those choices for positive change. Self-knowledge enables students to develop personal, internal strategies for problem solving and self-control. Through these internal strategies, students are able to self-direct their social behavior.

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MASST-R Module 2: Social-Awareness

In MASST-R, students learn that, whatever their backgrounds, they can function successfully in the social environment only if they appreciate and understand who they are and how they became who they are. Comparing and contrasting themselves to the larger environment is essential to that self-definition. As a result, an appreciation of the similarities and differences in their experiences, cultures, and environment is essential to the appreciation of self and the respect for others that are critical to responsible participation in society. Through the students’ examinations of people in their community whom they admire and respect and who have managed to achieve some degree of happiness and success despite limitations, students can discover the resources in themselves that will push back the limits of their environments.

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MASST-R Module 3: Self-Management

In MASST-R, students are taught that they have the power, through self-direction, to choose to be responsible for their behavior and to be in charge of their own lives. Through lessons exploring what behaviors are possible, which behaviors will achieve the desired goal, and how to carry out the chosen behavior appropriately, students learn to self-evaluate where they are now, and to self-direct to get what they need in positive results. Effective self-direction also requires that students possess the skills to self-monitor and self-correct. Students learn to observe and analyze the actions and reactions of others and of themselves so that the variable of the social situations are known. They can then self-correct their behaviors to get what they need in positive results.

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MASST-R Module 4: Relationship Skills

Relationship skills, as defined through the Social Emotional literature, involves establishing and maintaining healthy and rewarding relationships based on cooperation; resisting inappropriate social pressure; preventing, managing, and resolving interpersonal conflict; and seeking help when needed. In MASST-R, students learn how to analyze and evaluate situations for themselves and to develop and sustain new, more appropriate behaviors without external controls. Students thus achieve independent, self-directed social skills resulting in the development and maintenance of positive relationships.

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MASST-R Module 5: Responsible Decision-Making

In MASST-R, students are taught to evaluate social situations and generate their own behavioral choices, rather than to try to fit a few models of appropriate social behaviors to every social situation. Lessons provide opportunities to learn from observations and to practice new skills outside the training situation leading to generalization of skills. Students learn that by self-evaluating, self-monitoring and self-correcting their own behavioral choices, they become self-directive and responsible in their decision-making. In doing so, they are able to get what they need in positive results.

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