Here is our beautiful Kindness Tree: Acts of Kindness Make Me Bloom adorned with the hearts our kindergarten and first grade students did in response to this month's lesson on kindness. The kindergarten students made a pink heart with an act of kindness for their family to take home and a red heart with an act of kindness to do at school that is displayed. The first graders drew and labeled an acts of kindness for home, school, and the community. Our wonderful volunteer made the 3D tree and the roots are burlap.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Monday, February 22, 2016
We have gone through the RAMP process twice and part of the group component is compiling a complete list of groups, numbers of students, and numbers of sessions. I keep this form on my Desktop and update it each time I begin and end a group during the school year. At the end of the year I have the data I need for Results Reports and the Annual Report I compile on my program and share via my school webpage and with the Advisory Council.
Monday, February 15, 2016
This book addresses bullying but focuses on the use of positive psychology to combat it. It relays the message that happiness is a choice and a smile can change a negative environment into a positive one. The author, Shawn Achor, is a researcher on positive brains and success. Learn more about him at goodthinkinc.com
Sunday, February 14, 2016
In all my kindness lessons this month I touch on the message of this quote. Today is the start of Random Acts of Kindness Week. Smiling is contagious so smiling at a person may change their whole day and ripple out to countless others. Kindness elevates the level of dopamine in the doer's brain ("Helper's High"), the receiver's brain, and the observer's brain. The other message I deliver in every class is BE KIND TO YOURSELF. With the 5th graders I introduce the idea of self-compassion http://greatergood_selfcompassion
Friday, February 12, 2016
Sunday, February 7, 2016
Saturday, February 6, 2016
I only get 30 minutes to teach in classrooms. One quick way to check for understanding is to give each student a sticky note and ask them one of the essential questions from the lesson like "Why are random acts of kindness so powerful?" or "What is something new you learned today about problem solving?" or "What is one question you still have about electronic bullying?" Asking the essential question and tabulating the results can give you Perception Data for your lesson if you are following the ASCA National Model. All our students have a number in their class so I just have them put their number on the sticky note. You can put the numbers on your chart and just have them place their response on the laminated chart. That also serves as a quick way for you to remember who was absent when you taught the lesson. There are other versions of this chart on Pinterest...
Friday, February 5, 2016
Here is a picture of my SOLVE bingo game I created to review problem solving skills I teach in groups in first and second grades. The pictures help my lower readers find the skill. I never give certificates or treats my last sessions. I frequently do my post group survey and then play a bingo game geared to the topic for an engaging review.
Monday, February 1, 2016
National School Counseling Week 2016, "School Counseling: The Recipe for Success," will be celebrated from Feb. 1-5, 2016, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counseling Association (ASCA), highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. For ideas about how to use this week to educate and advocate for school counseling go to https://www.schoolcounselor.org/Because I was the VSCA Elementary Counselor of the Year my district made a video about my program to feature on our local cable network and school division website this week. I agreed to do it to provide more awareness of elementary counseling in our County.
My district made a video featuring my counseling program that is on our district's web page and TV station this week for NSCW http://www.apsva.us/snapshots