Welcome to the page of the school counselor Ms. Stevens! I am here all day on Mondays and until 12:45 on Wednesdays. Please feel free to call or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns about your student(s). As the school counselor I meet with students individually and in groups. I am also in the classrooms throughout the year teaching guidance lessons. Below you will find a summary of topics we cover in each grade.
Kindergarten & First:
During the first half of the year, Kindergarten and First graders learn and practice listening skills (what does a good listener look and sound like?), cooperating (working with others can be fun and can help us get more done), how to get along with friends including using I-Care Language (words that show you care about the other person for example: “Please”, “I would like” “Would you like to play?”) and feelings (expanding feeling word vocabulary and expressing feelings in an appropriate way).
Students are taught these lessons in a variety of ways including reading stories, using puppets, participating in role plays and creating art to practice and incorporate these ideas and techniques in their daily lives.
In second grade, we expand our discussion of the themes students learned in Kindergarten and First grade but relate those skills to the 2nd grade experience.
Third & Fourth:
Third and Fourth graders learn anger management techniques including “Stop, Breathe, and Chill”, calming statements (“I can handle this”), what it means to be an “upstander”, practice giving assertive statements and practice resolving conflicts peacefully. In past years, 3-4 have thought about their short and long- term goals academic goals and how to achieve them. This is also the year we begin using the Cybersmart! curriculum teach students how to stay safe and be responsible while using the internet
Fifth graders are asked to think about common misunderstandings (a common cause of conflicts) and how to avoid or correct them. A large part of avoiding misunderstandings is correctly reading body language in others. This includes having our words and body language match. We also discuss resolving conflicts peacefully by taking responsibility for our part in a conflict. Fifth graders are also taught to be responsible cyber citizens using the Cybersmart! curriculum.
We begin the Life Skills curriculum in 6th grade which covers topics such as improving our self-images, decision making, and techniques for resisting peer pressure to drink alcohol and do drugs. Sixth graders also learn and practice techniques to cope with anger, anxiety and communicate effectively. Before beginning Life Skills, 6th graders learn about cyberbullying including what to do if they become a target. Cybersmart! also teaches students how to responsibly use the internet for education, entertainment or communication.