See below for the lessons that we have done so far this year!
Lesson 1 - Introduction to the Counselors & THINK
In this lesson, we reminded the students about who we are and how they can come and see us if they have a problem. After that, we introduced them to the acronym THINK, which gives them assistance if they are in a tough situation and are not sure what to say. Using this acronym, students will be sure to make sure they choose their words wisely and using words which will not hurt others. This acronym can also be used for posting online.
Lesson 2 - Anti-Bullying, Simon's Hook
In this lesson, we went over the definition of bullying (see the bullying page on this site to see the definition we used). Then, we talked about strategies on how to deal with rude and mean behavior. I told the students that if they're experiencing bullying, that they need to immediately tell an adult. However, for rude and mean behavior - they can try to solve the problem themselves.
We read the book Simon's Hook, which uses the analogy of fishing to talk about how not to get "hooked" and swim free when someone is being mean to you. The strategies that the book taught us are:
Do little or nothing, Don't react. "It's not a big deal unless you make it a big deal"
Agree with the hook.
Distract the fisherman. Change the subject.
Laugh or make a joke.
Stay away from the hooks. Swim in another part of the sea.
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