Friday, July 13, 2012

Parent Survey

One of my goals this school year is to improve my communication to parents. My biggest concern is that parents fear their children talking to me because they think it means something is "wrong" with their child.  My mission is to make it clear that I work with ALL students, not just kids who are in trouble.

So, I must start from the beginning! I am asking parents to take a brief survey. This survey is meant to help me get a better understanding of their current knowledge/thoughts/feelings about the role of the counselor and the counseling services program at my school.

I am posting this survey on my website for parents to easily access. Here is a google doc of my survey questions!

Do you survey your parents? If so, what questions do you ask?

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Move Up Day!

Transition from 5th grade to 6th grade is a big deal! Switching classes, new teachers, and using lockers can be extremely overwhelming!

In order to alleviate some of the stressful feelings associated with moving from elementary to middle School I organized Move Up Day. Move Up Day is a great way for 5th graders to meet their new teachers, talk to current 6th graders, and get a feel for what life in 6th grade is all about.

The most important part of Move Up Day is the small group time facilitated by current 6th graders (next year's Peace Leaders). The 6th graders love being group leaders, and the 5th graders feel very comfortable asking them questions they may not want to ask me or their new teachers. It is a win-win all around!

To organize Move Up Day at your school split your 5th grade students into groups of 8 and pair each group with 2 or 3 6th Graders. Here is the group lesson plan I used with my students. However, feel free to change it up so it best fits the needs of your school!

Do you have Move Up Day at your school? How do you help students with transitioning to a new grade level?