See below for the lessons that we have done so far this year!
Lesson 1 - Self-Referral Process
In third grade, students are able to reach out to us directly if they are having a problem. In this lesson, we discussed the self-referral process and identified different types of problems that they can reach out to us about. Self-Referral Process: Students in third grade and up have access to counselor request forms in their classrooms. If they would like to request a meeting with one of us, they must fill out a referral form and give it to their teachers to turn into us. It is important that the students know that it may take a few days for us to see them, but we will make sure to come and get them when it is time for our meeting. Size of Problem: It is important that students understand that we can help with all different types of problems. We will always do our best to see students in a timely manner, but we have to prioritize who we see when by having students identify the size of their problem.
Small Problem: A problem that can wait about a week to be dealt with. Examples include; a friend is annoying you or a sibling is bothering you at home.
Medium Problem: You would like to be seen this week, if possible. Examples include; friend conflict, general anxiety, or tips on how to manage your anger.
Large Problem: You would like to be seen today or tomorrow, if possible. Examples include; bullying, parent's divorce, or death in the family.
Critical Problem: You need to be as soon as possible. A critical problem means you or someone else isn't safe. Students should not fill out a counselor request form if they have a critical problem - they need to tell an adult right away.
Lesson 2 - Bullying Prevention
In this lesson, we discussed bullying and how to handle it. We defined the difference between rude (something that happens once accidentally), mean (something that happens once on purpose), and bullying (something that happens over and over again on purpose).
Then, we read the book “The Juice Box Bully” by Bob Sornson and Maria Dismondy. This is a story about a new student at school who is engaging in bully behavior. The other students don’t put up with this behavior, and tell him about “The Promise” that all students abide by at their school. By agreeing to “The Promise”, students agree to not stand by and allow bullying to occur.
After reading the story, students were given the opportunity to make “The Promise” just like the students did in the story. We recited the words together and students were given the opportunity to sign it if they agreed to carry it out.
Create your own unique website with customizable templates.