Sunday, May 17, 2015

Resources for Teasing, Name-Calling & Bullying

These 4 books could serve as the basis of bullying and name calling education in grades 2-4.  Free Spirit Publishing has free  /leaders-guide-to-nobody  and a-leaders-guide-to-the-weird-series/ They really teach kids the power of words like "weird" and "nobody." They could also be used for Unity Day Wednesday, October 21 or No Name-Calling Week January 18-22, 2016.

Friday, May 8, 2015

I Wish You More

This is another terrific resource for counselors by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld.The book was just published in 2015.  It is a perfect book to read the final session of a small group and then do an activity where members wish one another well.  I am also using to wish students well that are being moved to a new school to relieve overcrowding at my school in June. 

Monday, May 4, 2015

May is Mental Health Month

This is the bulletin board hanging outside my offfice this month to highlight mental health awareness. NAMI has lots of good ideas and facts to raise awareness nami.org/Get-Involved/Raise-Awareness Several staff and parents have told me they don't feel comfortable with this board but I say that means it is doing its job to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. Our state, Virginia, has a big campaign for awareness about mental illness in young people. This site aslos has good resources for school counselors http://1in5kids.org/

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Decision Day College and Career Readiness

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To promote a college going culture even in our elementary school we have staff and kids wear college gear on first Fridays. It works out this week since the White House is asking schools to promote Decision Day or Signing Day as part of #ReachHigher.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Bullying Can Lead to Self Harm

Each year 1 in 5 females and 1 in 7 males engage in self injury.  Many teens who self harm report being bullied before they started using self harm as a coping strategy for dealing with difficult emotions.  Self harm is one of the many negative results of bullying.  As elementary counselors we need to continue to provide leadership to in school-wide anti-bullying efforts.  To reduce bullying and mitigate its harmful effects all staff must be trained and on board about the importance of receiving bullying reports and developing interventions that reduce bullying behavior. We need to empower students to respond assertively to bullying.  Urge students to speak up and challenge mean behavior.  Teach the students to say "How do you think it is okay to say or do that to me?" or "Talking that way is not right, leave them alone" (for upstanders).