Monday, July 28, 2014

Resource by a School Counselor

Schooltoolstv.com is a site loaded with brief 1 minute videos on various social emotional learning topics.  Unfortunately it is not free but you might want to check it out since the cost is reasonable and the developer, Rusty, is a school counselor http://schooltoolstv.com/

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Behavior Goal

We were not successful this year in meeting our goal of reducing bullying incidents in grades 2-5. The number of incidents in these grades went up 12.5%.  We have a comprehensive bullying program in place based on the materials from the Committee for Children but there will always be bullying behavior. This data will be shared with staff during preservice week and hopefully we can figure out some ways to revise our program so that next year we can meet the goal of reducing the number of incidents.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

New Goals

According to the Third Edition of the ASCA National Model program goals should target improved student achievement, attendance, and behavior. Last year we focused on the overall attendance rate at our school because it had dropped in 2012-2013 from the previous two years. We used a lot of ideas from the Attendance Works website to impact attendance.  This year our goal will address those students with chronic absences. We have students who are tardy repeatedly and miss over 15 days of school a year.  We have a new social worker this year who will hopefully be active on our attendance team so we can change the behavior of the children/families who are not making on time school attendance a priority. I am still working on the wording of my SMART Goal but I will post it later.

Friday, July 25, 2014

SMART Counseling Program Goals


Here are the SMART Goals we set the past 2 years:

2012-2013
Goal 1 By the end of the 3rd quarter of the 2012-13 school year, identified 4th grade students (failed one or more SOL in grade 3 and/or received low grades 1st quarter) will increase their report card grades (GPA in core subjects and work skills) by 10%.
Goal 2 By the end of the 2012-2013 school year, the number of documented bullying incidents reported and coached by staff involving 3rd-5th grade students will decrease by 3% compared to the 2011-12 school year.
Goal 3 By the end of the 3rd quarter of the 2012-13 school year, chronically tardy students (3 or more unexcused tardy arrivals) will decrease their number of unexcused tardy arrivals by 5% compared to the 1st quarter.

2013-2014
Goal 1 By the end of the 3rd quarter of the 2013-2014 school year, identified 4th and 5th grade students (failed at least one Standards of Learning (SOL) the previous year, scored below benchmark in writing/math/reading assessments, and/or received low grades 1st quarter) will increase their report card grades (GPA in core subjects and work skills) from first to third marking period by 8%.
Goal 2 By the end of the 2013-2014 school year, the number of documented bullying incidents reported and coached by staff involving 2nd-5th grade students will decrease by 2% compared to the 2012-13 school year.
Goal 3 For the 2013-2014 school year, average attendance rate will improve from 96.2% to 96.5%.

In 2012-2013 we were successful in all 3 goals. In 2013-2014 we did not meet goals 1 & 2; we did meet goal 3. We struggled to get the data for goal 1 because we had a new information system in place. It is very hard to impact grades (seem out of our control). Unfortunately we had a slight increase in bullying incidents that were documented and coached.  We track bullying incidents very carefully and with our school's growing population it is hard to decrease the number of incidents. We worked very hard on attendance this year to try to improve our school's culture that coming to school every day on time unless a child is sick (or at a medical appointment or family emergency) is important.

It is hard at the elementary level to set goals that have outcome data, as required in the ASCA Model (Third Edition). I'd love comments about the goals you set for your programs.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Hawn Foundation MindUp

This research based social emotional program has a lot to offer. It is funded by Goldie Hawn's Foundation. I have the books and use parts of it in my classroom lessons and with some groups.

Scholastic MindUp

Scholastic

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Career Song - Buckalope Elementary



I am planning to incorporate more visuals and music into my class lessons this year. I think the kindergarten students would find this one fun and educational.