Friday, February 16, 2018

Working Together

This book is an excellent source for teaching how to Synergize.  I love using for students in Grades 1-3 because it offers insight into how to deal with difficult students in a group.  This week in Guidance, I spent the entire 30 minutes, just reading and discussing the book.  Next week, we will use what we learned this week, to practice Synergizing. I feel it's important to let kids practice this skill in a safe way.  Often times, the teachers is so busy making sure the content gets completed in a group, the actual skill of synergizing isn't easy to emphasize, which results in conflicts, power struggles, and misguided groups.  Here are some key points of discussion I used this week when reading this book.

1.  How many of you have ever had to work in a group with people you didn't care for?

2.  Have you ever had any one in your group that was bossy, gross, or not as smart as you?
3.  Sometimes we have students in our group that are not as strong in school as us.  Some even  have a hard a time reading.  We have to make sure we find their strengths, and not leave them out of the group altogether.  R.J.  was so nice when we allowed Richard to trace the poster letters.
4.  Would Norma be good at getting in front of the class and presenting?  (No....she'd just pick her nose and that would give them a bad grade)  We have to make sure we give Norma a job without making her feel bad.  The mummy would be a good job for her, so that she doesn't feel tempted to pick her nose.  (The kids get a kick out of talking so freely about this! LOL)

Sunday, October 15, 2017

School Counselor Referral for the Digital Age

It has been a crazy start to the year this school year; hence, the no new blog posts!  Now that the beginning of the year is behind me, I feel more refreshed and ready to share some exciting new things I have been trying this year.  My most favorite is I have added a new way for students to get in touch with me.  Typically, I have a hard copy of a school counselor request form.  This was great and all, but I had a hard time keeping all those slips of paper put away and filed, and often times, they'd get stacked under a pile of other things I had to get done.  So many times, I would forget to pull that student.  To resolve this, I created a school counselor request form (google forms are my best friend) for students to complete online.  From my school's website, the students can easily access this form, and submit it in literally seconds.  Then, the response goes straight to my email and I can easily access and organize all the students I am seeing and take notes on what we did.  It's been great so far!  I did have to take a guidance lesson and teach the students  how to access it, but all in all, it was totally worth it.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Growth Mindset: The Day the Crayons Quit

A fun activity for the little ones to keep them engaged.  After reading the story "The Day the Crayons Quit," as a class let the students come up and move the crayon to the column that shows what mindset that crayon showed.  The kids loved it!  Click here for the Powerpoint!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Understanding Bullies and Targets Using Habit 5

This lesson is great for getting a pre-assessment from your students regarding how they view bullies and targets.  It opens up the floor for lots of conversations and intersting discussions about stereotypes, and their own experiences with Bullying.  It helps me know what I need to make sure I touch on with that class and what I can leave out.  My goal is that the studnets are able to show me that they understand that oftentimes, a bully can be anyone, and bullies because they are hurting inside. Also, that a target, can be just about anyone!   Here's how it works: 

Hand out the outline of the bully or target
  1. Say:  Decorate your person according to how you think a bully or target really looks.  Give about 10-15 minutes for them to do so, allowing them to really explore how they view bullies and target.  
  2. Say:  Now, around the head write things you think that person might be thinking.
  3. Say:  Next, draw a heart where the heart should be on your person.  Draw a line from the heart to the outside of the person, and write feelings you think this person might have.
  4. Say:  Next to the hands, write what you think that person might be doing with their hands.
  5. Say:  Next to the feet, write what you think that person might be doing with their feet.  
Next, have students swap their pictures, and discuss with one another similarities and differences. Have them talk about why they chose that outfit, or those words etc. Finally, under the document camera, I might show the students all the different examples, and have them make connections about them.  These are points I try to make when discussing these examples.
  • Bullies can have all types of looks. (cute, ugly, nice dressers, rough dressers etc.)
  • A bully can be a boy or a girl.
  • Many times, bullies have feelings of hurt, and anger because they have been bullied.  
  • A target typically looks weak, and often has a frown on their face.  This type of personality can easily make you a target.  It's important to be yourself, but to show confidence as well.  
  • Its important that we Seek First to Understand a bully and a target because this way, we can be better bystanders, and not allow the bully to have so much power.  

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

First Things First--Scheduling your Time Using a Leadership Tool

Our kiddos are really struggling this year with Time Management!  I have done this lesson for several years, but today, I decided to add a Leadership Tool from the Leader in Me, and it's made all the difference.  What I did was I provided the students a list of activities to do and they had to put them into the Time Matrix.  The one I created looks a little different than what Franklin Covey suggests, because it is in kid-friendly language. Another new spin I put on this lesson was I added Julia Cook's book "Planning isn't my Priority and Making Priorities isn't in My Plan!"  The kids love it!!!  It helped me introduce the word Priority and really got the conversation started about how to begin setting them.