Thursday, December 29, 2011

Chill Out Plan!

How do you help students deal with their anger?

I help students to make a Chill Out Plan (C.O.P).   A C.O.P.  is a proactive way to prepare students to deal with their angry feelings.  Follow these easy steps to make a Chill Out Plan with your students:

  1. Give students a blank piece of paper and ask them to title it "C.O.P". 
  2. Working with the student encourage them to come up with a minium of 10 different things they can do to "chill out" when they are angry.  
  3.  After they have created their list give them an opportunity to decorate it with crayons, markers, colored pencils, etc
  4. If you have access to writing composition books staple their completed C.O.P. to the inside cover. 
  5. Lastly, encourage your student to write in their journal and review their C.O.P. the next time they get angry.
Here are some examples of things students can put in their Chill Out Plans:
    • Take a 5 minute vacation
    • Talk to an adult you trust
    • Break Craft sticks
    • Write in a journal
    • Listen to music
    • Draw
    • Take a walk
    • Count to 10 before speaking
    • Punch a pillow
    • Do something you enjoy
    • Read
What are some things you would put on your C.O.P?

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The DANGER zone!

When talking to students about anger try using this play on words to drive the point home:

  • Write the word ANGER on a piece of paper.  Ask student to read the word aloud. 
  • Then add a D in front of the word ANGER to make the new word of DANGER.  Ask student to read the new word aloud. 
  • Say to the student the word ANGER is only one letter away from the word DANGER.  Emphasis that it is a normal feeling to get angry, but you can not let your ANGER take you to the DANGER zone!  
This is also a great introduction or conclusion to a  class lesson about anger management. 

Would you try this with your students?

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


"Do your very best, with 
the resources and skills 
that you have, ONE DAY 

ME :)

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Goal Update

Remember Goal 4 from my Goal Guru post?

Goal 4: Communicate via the internet with parents, staff, and other counselors.

Update #1-I am proud to say that I have been making good use of my school's webpage to get out important information to parents about my program.  I post all letters and flyers that I send home on my website.  Additionally, I post the character word weekly to encourage parents to use this language with their students at home.

Most importantly, I am able to clearly describe the counseling services mission, and explain the components of my comprehensive proactive preventive school counseling program! I have the Peace Pledge and a description of Peace Pals posted for parents to review as well.

Currently, I am working on creating a resource page for parents. I would like to have links to websites, books, and articles that can help parents educate their "whole" child.

How do you use your school website?  Please share your ideas here!

One of Us

One of Us by Peggy Moss is a FANTASTIC book to talk to students about diversity. I'm using this book with my 2nd and 3rd graders this month as a class lesson.  Here is my lesson plan:

Before reading the story ask students to think about things they have in common with other students in their class.  Ask them to think of some things that are different.

After this brief this discussion begin reading One of Us by telling students you are going to read a book about a girl who goes to a new school and is looking to make new friends.

When you have completed the story, check for comprehension by asking the following questions:
  1. What happened to Roberta James on her first day of School?
  2. What were some things that Roberta James had in common with her classmates?
  3. What were somethings that were different?
  4. What group did Roberta fit in to?
  5. What was so great about Roberta's group of friends?

Now its time for an activity! Explain to students that they are to partner up and find two things they have in common and two things that are different between them and their partner.  Give students about 2-3 minutes to do this. Have students switch partners three or four times.

Bring students back to a large group to make a T chart of the similarities and differences they found amongst their classmates. Ideally, it would be a great to do this on a large piece of poster board that can be hung in the classroom after the lesson. Title the poster "We are unique, we are different".

To close the lesson emphasis that we all share things in common, but we also have qualities that make us unique and special.
Would you use this lesson with your students? 

The Character Word of the Week

As part of the morning announcement ritual a character word is read, defined, and students are given a "character challenge" associated with the word. Character words are chosen from my 32 piece Character Poster Set and displayed on the "word of the week" bulletin board to serve as a reminder for students. 

Here is an example of this week's character word:
  • The character word for the week of December 12th is SHARE.
  • SHARE means to use or enjoy something with others. 
  • Character Challenge:  SHARE your favorite toy, game, book, movie, or food with a friend.  SHARE your thoughts, feelings, or ideas with someone you trust.  Remember, SHARING shows caring!

The Character Word of the Week is read by a Peace Pal right after the Peace Pledge. Incorporating a weekly character word helps to support my Counseling Services mission to build a "community of peace".  Additionally, parents can view the character word and the character challenge on my Counseling Services website!

Will you be purchasing this fabulous 32 piece character word poster set?  How will you use it at your school?

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Howard B. Wigglebottom

Have you met  Howard B. Wigglebottom from The We Do Listen website?  If you have not used this FREE and FABULOUS resource you and your students are missing out.

The We Do Listen foundation provides free animated books, reproducible handouts, music, games, and lessons you can use for your class lessons or small groups. The animated books discuss topics such as listening, bullying, telling the truth, and friendship.

This month I'm using Howard B. Wigglebottom as a class lesson with my K and 1 students.  Here is my lesson plan:

1. Have students watch "Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen".
2.  Check for understanding by playing the animated lesson How to be a better listener.

3.  Have students dance to Wiggles & Giggles to expend energy and have fun!

4.  Ask students to go back to their seats to color in the Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen worksheet.

5. Prior to the lesson make a Number 1 Listener Star like Howard receives.  This is very easy to do,      just draw a star, cut it out, and write Number 1 Listener in the middle of the star.

To close the lesson, tell students that they will have a chance to receive a Number 1 Listener Star        like Howard did.  Ask the classroom teacher to award the Number 1 Listener Star to the student that follows all of Howard B. Wigglebottom's listening rules!

This is a fun and easy lesson to do!  Will you try Howard B. Wigglebottom with your students?

Thursday, December 8, 2011

I love Prezi!

Check out this Prezi I used to present my school counseling program to the Board of Education!

It explains that my mission is to serve all students through a comprehensive, proactive, preventive program.