Welcome to part 2 of the peaceful problem-solving series for elementary school counselors! We will dive into all things I-Messages. Go ahead and read Part 1: The Size of the Problem if you haven’t already. Teaching students effective communication skills when faced with problems is one of our most important roles as school counselors. I-Messages are a great place to start, and a critical skill that students can use for a lifetime! Teaching I-Messages Once students understand the ... VIEW POST
You’re a new elementary school counselor and are feeling overwhelmed. There are so many new faces. New and varied responsibilities. You’re needed in so many ways and by so many people. You just don’t know where to start. Friend, I've been there! From a seasoned counselor to you, here are 7 ways you can build a strong foundation as a new elementary school counselor this year! 1) Create (and stick to) a consistent classroom lesson schedule Before students start school, establish a ... VIEW POST
All of us experience grief and loss at some point in our lives, with many of us navigating our first loss as children. Coping with grief while balancing academic and social responsibilities (and just being a kid!) is challenging! As the school counselor, you have a unique opportunity to provide support and teach students practical skills for managing grief that will last a lifetime. Having engaging and interactive activities on hand to support students is crucial in providing this much-needed ... VIEW POST
Grief is a complex emotion that follows a great loss in a person’s life. For elementary students, these losses can include the death of a loved one, a major life change like moving schools, or a severed friendship. As a school counselor, having high-quality resources on hand to support your students through grief is critical! Introduction to Grief in Students and How School Counselors Can Help Grief is such a big emotion for students to deal with. It is defined as deep sorrow. Grief can ... VIEW POST
As school counselors, we never know what students will bring to us each day, and sometimes their needs are so great, so profound, that it can be overwhelming even for us as trained professionals. Storybooks are a great tool to help students cope with grief and loss! What Does Grief Look Like in Students? Grief is defined as deep sorrow. Students who do not process big emotions, like grief and loss, are at-risk for several physical, social, emotional, and academic ... VIEW POST
Problems between friends and classmates happen all the time, and it's hard for young children to know when a problem is bullying or just a conflict. The most current research finds that approximately one in five school-aged children are victimized by bullying. Helping students understand the difference between bullying and conflict can decrease incidents over time and increase positive social interactions at school! The Difference Between Bullying & Conflict Conflict ... VIEW POST
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