Classroom counseling

  • My favorite part of my job is when I can spend time in the classrooms.  Here are a few topics I cover.

    Bullying/Diversity

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    After my lesson on Bullying I gave each student a puzzle piece to decorate keeping the size intact so it could be re-assembled. This would demonstrate how each individual piece is beautiful on its own, but the masterpiece emerges when you put them all together. 
     
    I learned how to conduct a cody survey in the classrooms so the student could report that amount of times each student was bullied and/or bullied someone. After the survey, you tally the results and place students in different categories. The results then place them in different seating arrangements that keeps the bullies away from the targets

    Building Character

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    These are some of the topics that can be discussed to build the students character education and helping students practice these skills. Using role-play in the sessions helps the students practice these characteristics before using them in real life situations. It is important to complete an activity or leave a visual with the classroom after your lesson so they remember what the lesson was about.

    Lesson on Confidence

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    One of the lessons I did with a 5th grade class is building self confidence. I first read the book "ME I AM!" that talks about how no one can fit precisely in your skin. We talked about how everyone is different and unique in their own way and that is what makes us special. After I read the book, I then gave each student a post-it note and at the top they had to write, "I am confident in the ME I AM because" and they had to finish the sentence. After they completed their post-it they were asked to put in on the whiteboard. Each student then took a turn reading someone else's sentence. 
     

    Lesson on Stealing

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    I first handed out a worksheet and asked the students to fill in the sentence and the face on how they would feel if someone stole something from them. After they were finished a few students had the opportunity to share. Then we talked about how someone would feel if someone stole something of theirs. We talked about how even though it might be something small, it may have sentimental value to its owner. I then explained the "Tree of Trust" in the classroom and the "OWL be watching you". Each student filled out a leaf that said "You can trust me to" and we then glued them on the tree. In closing, we played a game and we held a thumbs up or thumbs down if the scenarios I read would make owl happy or sad. 

    Classroom Participation

     

    h grade classroom on the importance of being involved in classroom discussions and how it benefits your learning. At first we brainstormed reasons why being involved is important, and we also talked about why some students might not want to participate. I then gave each student a Picture
     
    I did a lesson with a 5tpost-it note and they had to finish the sentence "In class I am most scared of". Once they completed their sentence they placed their post-it on the whiteboard. Once every student finished, they took turns reading the post-it notes and giving the student advice on how to overcome their fear.