According to understood.org educators and parents need to be able to recognize and respond differently to tantrums vs. meltdowns. You can get an expanded version of the chart above for free at lemonlimeadventures.com
Sunday, February 25, 2018
Monday, February 19, 2018
teaching-children-to-be-fair This delightful children's book by Varela explains giving each individual what they need not the same (amount) helps children understand fairness is not equal or the same. We have used it in classes to explain why children with special needs are given special flexible seating or fidgets but not al students need and benefit from them (they are a tool not tools). We have also used the book in self-regulation groups to talk about scenarios where initially things seemed "unfair" but after thinking it through or looking at it from another point of view it was fair. I have also recommended it to parents to explain why siblings of different ages have different responsibilities and privileges.
Saturday, February 17, 2018
This is my new second grade lesson on compassion featuring Heart Bubbles, another book by Dr. Krantz. It seemed very appropriate this week because it was Random Acts of Kindness Week and Valentine's Day. I particularly like that it has a focus on self-compassion. Just like you can't make friends unless you like yourself, it is hard to show compassion unless you take care of your own wellness (another opportunity to talk about the importance of positive self-talk, healthy eating, and sleep hygiene). BACK is the mnemonic Dr. Krantz uses in the book to remember the key points. I have that printed in the center of the worksheet and they draw and label an act of compassion they can do for themselves, animals, others, and the earth. I think kindness is one of the most important things we teach our students.
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Friday, February 9, 2018
This Caldecott Medal Winner is a must have for all school counselors' book shelves. It tells the story of how Humpty Dumpty got back up high again after his traumatic fall that caused him to feel afraid. The book is a good size to be used as a read aloud in a classroom. I plan on adding it to my third grade Second Step lesson that addresses anxiety. The message is clear we must face our fears! It would also be a great addition to an emotion regulation or stress and anxiety small group.
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
I hope you are advocating for school counseling this week. I am always grateful that ASCA really promotes our field so well, particularly using the School Counselor of the Year and this week to raise attention to what we do. We are working at the state and district level very hard to position ourselves to lower student to counselor ratios in the future. That requires lots of branding, marketing, and advocacy. Our state proposed legislation this month to mandate the 1:250 ratio for high school. It did not pass this year but we are still trying to get language in a budget amendment to add money for more school counselors. In order for our state SCA to be effective counselors must join. I think it is our professional obligation to join both our state SCA and ASCA. That is who lobbies for our positions. This year our district supervisor bought every counselor a shirt with our district logo and School Counseling in bold yellow letters underneath. I am wearing my "counseling gear" every day this week. We have signs with streamers and some teachers have kids make cards for us. We always schedule the School Counseling Advisory Council Meeting during this week and we give our members treats (we do not give something to all teachers). Our district and schools actively use social media and our web pages to promote school counseling this week. We are also having students from 3 of our elementary schools present a Second Step lesson (that we taught them) to our School Board. The Board Members remember student presentations much more than staff PowerPoints! If you have other good ideas, please leave a comment.