School Counselor Classroom Lessons, 2021-2022

  • January lesson: Self-Discipline/Self-Control, Grades PK-5

    Upon completion of this lesson, students willbe able to:

    1. Explain the importance of self-control.
    2. Identify signs that may show a lack of self-control.
    3. Identify strategies and skills to inrease self-control.

    "Self-Control doesn’t have to mean effortful, teeth-gritting willpower. In fact, that kind of self-restraint is hard to keep up for long—even for adults. What works better is to help kids learn and use effective strategies for boosting self-control. According to Angela Duckworth at the University of Pennsylvania and her colleagues, there are three main strategies that kids can use to make self-control easier to manage." PBS: Self-Control for Kids

    1. Change the Situation
    2. Change their Thinking
    3. Change their Response

    Reflection Questions:

    • When is it most difficult to have self-control?
    • What signs can show you that you are not in control?
    • What steps can you take if you begin to feel out of control?

    December lesson:  Personal Body Safety, Grades PK-5

    PERSONAL BODY SAFETY Lessons for All Students

    School Counselors: Ms. Masopust, 4K/1/3/5 and Mr. Helton, K/2/4

    School Counselors will conduct classroom lessons on Personal Body Safety in December.  Keeping children safe is our number one priority; we are ethically responsible and professionally committed to help children learn strategies for keeping themselves safe in unpredictable situations, understand that they have rights as children, and know how to protect themselves when approached or touched in a way that bothers them.  All school districts in South Carolina follow approved guidelines for teaching Personal Body Safety.  Beech Hill counselors will follow the formats provided by The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and The Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center Foundation.  Unfortunately, we will not be able to cover all content available.  Please preview the following websites and continue discussions with your children about personal body safety.  If you have any questions regarding the lessons, feel free to contact your child’s school counselor at (843) 821-3970. 

    Fight Child Abuse- Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center Foundation   http://fightchildabuse.org/

    Kid Smartz  https://www.kidsmartz.org/   

    Erin’s Law - http://www.erinslaw.org/

     

    November lesson:  Honesty, Grades PK-5

    Upon completion of this lesson, students will:

    1. Accurately define honesty
    2. Discuss why honesty is important to a community/society.
    3. Discuss why honesty is important to family relationships and friendships

    Honesty: Being truthful, sincere, open, and genuine.  The  confidence to be ourselves.  It includes:

    • Telling the truth (not lying)
    • Doing things that are truthful and do not hide the truth (not deceiving)
    • Not stealing or cheating

    Synonyms for honest include sincere, trustworthy, truthful, fair, straightforward, sincere, and having integrity.  When people are honest, they can be relied on not to lie, cheat, or steal.  Honesty is telling the truth.  It is admitting mistakes even when you know someone might be angry or disappointed.  When you are honest you don’t pretend to be something you are not.  With honesty you trust that people are as they appear. 

    Honesty is important because it builds trust.  When people lie or cover up mistakes, others can not trust them.  When people are not honest with themselves, they pretend something doesn’t matter when it does, or they exaggerate to impress others.  When you are honest with yourself, you accept yourself as you are.  When you are honest, others can believe you. 

    -The Virtues Project

     

    Reflection Questions:

    • When is it the most difficult to be honest?
    • Name a time you practiced honesty.
    • How do you feel when someone exaggerates?
    • Why do we want to impress others by exaggerating?
    • What would it feel like to always tell the truth and keep our word?
    • How does honesty help friendship to grow strong?
    • Why is it important to be honest?

    Affirmation:

    I am Honest.  I can be trusted to keep my word.  I admit my mistakes.  I tell the truth kindly and tactfully.  I have no need to impress others.  I accept myself as I am. 

     

    October lesson:  Respect for Others- A Solution to Bullying, Grades PK-5

    Upon completion of this lesson, students will:

    1. Understand the meaning of respect and how it has a positive influence on self and others. Having respect means caring enough to consider how words and actions impact others.  Showing respect is when you care how your actions impact others.  Examples of showing respect are:
      • Using kind or polite words even when you're upset
      • Using manners like sharing, waiting your turn, saying please and thank you
      • Accepting difference or at least disagreeing with kind words
      • Being careful not to damage places or things
      • Using a quiet voice or calm behavior in public places
    2. Explain how showing respect for others can promote positive relationships, strengthen friendships, and help prevent bullying.
    3. Practice respectful conversation.
    4. Learn how to respond to others who are not respectful and show bullying behavior.
    5. Discuss ways to encourage others to be respectful.

    September lesson:  ResponsibilityDigital Citizenship and Safety, Grades PK-5

    Upon completion of this lesson, students will:

    1. Understand the meaning of Responsibility and the importance of being responsible for for self, others and property. (grades PK-5)
      • Responsibility means doing the things you are supposed to do, and accepting the results of your actions (consequences).  
      • When you are responsible you are
        • in control of your behavior
        • trusted with important jobs
        • finishing your work on time
        • working together
    2. Demonstrate proper care of school-issued electronic devices. (grades PK-1)
      • Carry the iPad with 2 clean hands
      • Sit at a desk while using the iPad.
      • Keep food and drink away from the iPad.
      • Use your headphones.
    3. Name acceptable use of applications at school and home.  (grades PK-5)
      • Use only apps teachers give you permission to use.
      • Use the iPads for school use only.
      • Taking pictures and video is not allowed.
      • Store the iPad in a safe place.
      • Charge the iPad every night.
      • Take the iPad to school every day.
    4. Show understanding of keeping personal information private. (grades 2-5)
      • Never post your personal information, such as a cell phone number, home number, home address, or your location on any social networking site or through mobile apps like Snapchat or Instagram.
    5.  Discuss how to stay safe while using the internet.  (grades 2-5)  Internet Safety Tips – National Children's Advocacy Center (nationalcac.org) 
      • Spend time having fun with your parents online and helping them understand technology!
      • Never meet in person with anyone you first “met” on the internet. If someone asks to meet you, tell your parents or guardian right away. Some people may not be who they say they are.
      • Check with your parents before you post pictures of yourself or others online. Do not post inappropriate pictures of anyone.
      • Never respond to mean or rude texts, messages, and e-mails. Delete any unwanted messages. You may need to delete friends who continuously bother you or post things that are not appropriate.
      • NEVER share your password with anyone, including your best friend. The only people who should know your password are your parents or guardian.
      • If you wouldn’t say something to another person’s face, don’t text it or post it online.
      • Do not download or install software or anything on your computer or cell phone before checking with your parents or guardian.
      • Use the privacy settings of social networking sites.
      • If anything makes you feel uncomfortable online, while gaming or when using your cell phone, talk with your parents or guardian right away. 

    August lesson:  Getting to Know Your School Counselor, Grades PK-5

    Upon completion of this lesson, students will:

    1. Know who their school counselor is and where he/she is located. 
    2. Learn that school counselors help students:
      • work through difficult situations
      • manage strong emotions
      • develop skills for academic success
      • learn about lifelong skills for making healthy choices
    3. Understand that School Counselors:
      • advocate for students' well-being and success
      • collaborate with parents and teachers for students' best interests
      • teach monthly lessons in their classroom
      • plan and implement school-wide initiatives
    4. Name at least three ways they can contact a school counselor.
      • Email
      • Clever messaging
      • Request to Speak with a Counselor online form
      • Ask their teachers or parents to contact a counselor
      • Students may also be referred to a school counselor by a parent, teacher or administrator.  

     

    Career Lessons, Grades PK-5

    South Carolina Career Information System Junior is a system created by the University of Oregon with a lot of career exploration resources, including things like career clusters surveys, employability skills surveys, and exploratory tools to guide further learning about career interests. Beech Hill has one generic login for the school and this resource can be accessed by using the login of:

    Usersname: Beaconsjr

    Password: Beaconsjr1

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