After a few seminars on the subject at the end of last year, I couldn’t think of a better way to start my year than teaching my boys mindful breathing techniques.
Our 4th new character skill was curiosity. This one was especially hard to teach because so many students were taught that curiosity would get them into trouble. I had to reframe their thinking into remembering that curiosity leads us to learn new things. All learning starts when we are first curious about something.
I taught grades K-6 a variation on the same lesson and I have them all . . . yes I know it’s a lot . . . outlined below. I have labeled them by grade level, so feel free to skip down to the one that most interests you.
I apologize for the throughly lame title to this post . . . but I honestly couldn’t think of a cute, witty title . . . Don’t judge a book by it’s cover, I promise this will be worth the read!
Last year, I started writing up monthly newsletters for the parents. I wanted to promote my program, so they knew what their child was learning during “Character Education.” During my first year of counseling (as the first counselor at the school), I kept battling parents who were truly angry when they heard their child came to see me or that I went into the classroom to teach a lesson. They figured if their child saw the counselor then there was one of two problems:
1. Their child was spilling all the family secrets
2. Something was wrong with their child and he would come talk to me
and inadvertently, even though he was only 4, he would spill all the family secrets. Continue reading →
I started my 3rd year as school counselor with a fresh new room (well really I just rearranged the furniture) and fresh new lessons.
I am extremely blessed to have such a large room to be working in, but at times (during these past two years) it turned into a race track. With no division of work space and play space, my computer area turned into a tennis court, with balls bouncing on the back walls.
I thought this year I would rearrange so that each different section of my room had a purpose. Continue reading →
Let’s back up a bit . . . let’s say 4 months? Picture yourself back in September (as painful as it might be for educators). You see although we might be deep into January 2014, my lessons are backlogged to September 2013!
In September of this school year, the boys were practicing responsibility. And for Kinders, this applied to responsible school behaviors. It’s a big responsibility jump from 4PreK to Kindergarten and these boys needed a few lessons to remind them of all that they are responsible for at school.
I introduced Responsibility to my Kinders and 1st graders by reading the book Paperboy by Dav Pilkey. It is a good example of doing what you are supposed to do even if you’d rather be doing something else. Continue reading →
It basically feels like forever since I have A. written a post and B. since I have talked about my Jellybeans.
One of the units in Jellybean Jamboree is all about friendship. I think the unit does a great job of hitting “hot” friendship topics and covers a wide range of how to be a good friend and how to deal with friends who are unkind. The unit discusses qualities of friends, sharing, being nice (kind words and actions), feeling left out, listening to each other, and being special. Continue reading →
This is what happens when you combine 4 Kindergartners and 2 feather boas.