Our counseling unit for September is all about problem solving. Every problem that a student may face (for example: peer conflict, bullying, peer pressure, rumors/gossip, making mistakes, etc) comes with choices. In other words, the options we have for trying to solve the problem. During this unit I stress to students to think about the consequences (both good and bad) of each choice BEFORE deciding what to do. Students learn a problem-solving model called the STAR model to recall and apply this information. The STAR model looks like this:
S: STOP Take a deep breath, identify the problem.
T: THINK Consider your choices and the consequences.
A: ACT Make the best choice and do it.
R: REFLECT What was the outcome? Is the problem solved? Would you make the same choice next time?
In grades K-2 we discuss how often times when faced with a problem, we have the choice of trying to handle the problem ourselves, or involve a trusted adult. There are lots of strategies kids can use to solve problems on their own; however some problems need adult attention right away. During this unit and the relationships unit we review tattling vs. reporting:
Tattling: Trying to get someone in trouble; can handle by yourself; unimportant; harmless situations; behaviors are accidental and only happen once.
Reporting: Trying to keep people safe; have tried to solve it on your own and need help; important; harmful, dangerous, or threatening situations; behaviors are purposeful (mean) and happen repeatedly.
This information is reviewed in 3-5th.
It is always helpful to reinforce the concepts we learn at school at home. If you have any questions, please let me know!
In our last couple counseling classes, we are talking about summer safety. Review these tips with your kids all summer long!
Credit to Indiana University Health:
This year we are pleased to bring back the Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Program at Wright Elementary, facilitated by Blank Children's Hospital. The program will be presented to our kindergarten, second, and fourth grade classes.
The CAP Program works to prevent assault and violation of rights for children. The program approach includes classroom workshops for children, adult education for parents, and school staff education. The student workshops are taught in a 90 minute class and cover empowerment skills such as self-assertiveness, peer support, and identifying trusted adults. Interactive role plays demonstrate problem-solving for unsafe situations such as bullying (peer to peer assault), abduction (assault by a stranger), and sexual abuse (assault by a known person). The program approaches prevention in a developmentally appropriate fashion, from a perspective of human dignity, mutual respect, and basic human rights. Everyone has the right to be safe, strong, and free!
Adult workshops cover the prevention and empowerment strategies given in the children's workshop and offer suggestions for effective ways to support those strategies at home, school, and in the community.
For more information about this empowering personal safety program, please visit https://www.unitypoint.org/blankchildrens/child-personal-safety.aspx
Student workshops will be the week of April 18-22nd, in Kindergarten, 2nd, and 4th grade classes.
*Note: Information about this program and an opt-out form was sent to parents the second week of April. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me.
What you'll find:
Here you will find information related to the units we are working on in class, as well as ideas and resources for your student and family. Look around and come back often!