Last summer I posted about each one of the components as I wrote up the application to submit for RAMP a second time. The first time we achieved easily, but this time, under the Third Edition, we did not get 54 points when we submitted and had to redo most of our components and resubmit to achieve. As the only full-time counselor at my elementary school, I have worked on RAMP with 3 different part-time counselors over the past several years. Both times I documented every detail of my program for the year, but did most of the writing in the summer. Our school is 700 students so during the school year between planned parts of our program and crisis response we are in survival mode most days. I am satisfied to achieve again. It does give me satisfaction to know that a panel of reviewers verified that we have an exemplary program.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
This book is about a angry bird who chases away everyone who tries to be friendly, ends up feeling lonely, and then tries to repair relationships with the other animals in the barnyard. It could be used to teach bullying (see wiseowlfactory.com to download a free lesson to go with book) or about how feelings and behavior go together. The illustrations are great! I am adding it to my bookshelf.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Another great website that was mentioned at the workshop I attended on "Sexual Identity" was genderspectrum.org Despite efforts to be inclusive of all students, one basic area of student diversity that schools rarely acknowledge is gender. While many children fit easily and naturally into our culture's binary gender options, others do not. For these children and their families, schools represent one of the greatest areas of uncertainty and fear. However, schools can create supportive climates at their sites. Gender inclusive schools and classrooms welcoming all children and teens are within any school community's reach. This site has many great resources for use in schools (and for families).
Monday, April 7, 2014
I just learned about this website at a workshop this afternoon. Check it out at welcomingschools.org to download a free starter kit to make your school be a safe place for all students and LGBT families. It is sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. You might want to become a member and get their excellent magazine "Equality." They also have some excellent short videos.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Monday, March 31, 2014
I use a lot of CBT when I am working with students with many worries. I used to draw a sketch (usually on an individual white board) showing how worry (repetitive circular thinking), anxiety (feeling of dread), and stress (our bodies response)/behavior are interconnected. Now I just made this mini chart and laminated to save time. I think it is very helpful for students to understand what is happening before we teach them how they might reduce worry, anxiety, and stress. I typically start with cognitive strategies to address the upsetting images and irrational thoughts, but that is based on the needs of the individual student.