Ever wonder what we talk about in Guidance Class?
Check out the lessons topics below!
(**CLASSES MEET ONCE DURING THE 6 DAY ROTATION ON DAYS 4,5, or 6**)
8/25/17 - 8/29/17: Go over class goals and expectations; Protocol for getting to/from Guidance class; Getting to know the students (activity)
9/5/17 - 9/7/17: "Outside Safety": Riding/Biking/Walking to school, Strangers, and Bus Safety
9/13/17 - 9/15/17: Kahoot: "Whooo is Your Counselor" This is a fun way to discuss the role of the school counselor at CFIS; Set up Guidance Classroom and GoGuardian; Discuss how to request counseling support via Google Form on website and in Classroom
9/25/17 - 9/27/17: "Student Needs Assessments". These assessment are used to inform Guidance Class curriculum, to see where there are individual or group counseling needs (*parent permission requested for group counseling participation*), and to collect school-wide data on academic performance and the effectiveness of the CFIS School Counseling Program.
Copies of these assessments can be found here:
10/1/17 - 10/31/17: "10 Skills of Active Listening": Listening skills are a crucial aspect in every relationship we have in life! Being a good listener is the foundation to having better friendships and being the best students we can be! Student learn that listening is not an easy task...it requires much effort. The 10 skills we learn and practice are: Eye Contact, Patience, No interruption, Encourage the speaker, Show interest, Postitive Body Language, Put away distractions, Be curious and Open-Minded, Empathy, Remember what was said.
11/1/17 - 11/30/17: "Emotional Intelligence": Being able to balance our emotions and thoughts to make healthy decisions is quickly becoming recognized as one of the most important indicators of "success" in our careers and relationships! We will be spending quite a bit of time in class discussing this important topic.
12/1/17 - 12/22/17: "Emotional Intelligence": Two domains of Emotional Intelligence are "Being aware of, and understanding, our own emotions" and "Being aware of, and understanding, the emotions of others". We have spent the last couple of classes learning about recognizing emotions in others and studying the parts of our brain that are responsible for our emotions and thoughts. We are beginning to explore the next domain of EI..."Managing our own emotions" as we study the effects music has on our emotions and state of mind. When we return from break, we will begin to explore different ways we can consciously change how we feel; thus, learning to regulate our emotional reactions.
1/8 - 1/12/18:
Music has an undeniable impact on most of us! It has the ability to take us on emotional journeys and can be a powerful healer! In fact, many people use music as a type of emotional therapy! Neither our pleasant, nor unpleasant, emotions last forever...both may be changed quickly by thinking different thoughts or bringing in different information through our senses. This week, we are going to use music to demonstrate how quickly and easily our emotions can be changed. This is just one simple, and very effective, tool we can use when we want to change how we feel and better manage our emotions! The list of songs we will use for this activity can be found HERE
1/13/18 - 1/31/18: "Anger":
We are beginning to dig deeper into our "emotions" journey by exploring individual emotions. We have learned that ALL emotions serve a purpose...they help us communicate our needs and they motivate us to behave in a way to help us meet those needs. The more we understand the purpose of each emotion, the easier it is to manage them.
The first emotion we are exploring is Anger. We have learned that anger tends to be a "secondary" emotion...meaning, we tend to express anger when we really feel a deeper emotion that is not as easy to express in our culture, such as sadness or loneliness. We used a couple of video clips to try to decide if the character was in fact feeling pure anger (often used when exerting dominance over someone to get them to comply, when we feel we have been wronged/offended in some way, or when somone has crossed one of our boundaries or is not respecting our values) or if they were expressing anger but feeling another emotion. The video clips can be seen HERE
We also learned and practiced strategies to help us control our anger...even before it happens. Those can be accessed HERE
2/1/18 - 2/28/18: "Door Ettiquette and Manners"
We have taken a break from discussing emotions to address the concerns that we have received from community members, parents, staff, and students to discuss the proper way to go through a door! In our current building, we have 5 outside doors through which our students pass multiple times per day and have noticed that students were not holding the doors for one another...or leaving one person to hold the doors for everyone, often without any "thank yous" in return. We learned how to hold the doors for one another, take the door from the person in front of you (showing mutual respect by allowing them to get to where they need to go and saying "thank you"). We learned how important it is to look around and notice who is coming in or out with you, not only so the door doesn't close on someone, but for security reasons as well. We learned that it is important to make sure all of the students are inside the building before allowing the door to close, and lock them out. We have noticed a marked improvement...but still have some room for improvement :) We will continue to practice!!
3/1/18 - : "Sadness"
The next emotion we are exploring is Sadness...one of our most powerful and useful emotions!! Unfortunately, this is also the emotion that most of us don't want to talk about or even think about!! Sadness sure has gotten a bad rap in our culture! We are learning that even this extremely unpleasant emotion serves a powerful, crucial purpose! Sadness serves to connect us so we can "gather troops" to help us solve our problems! We are wired to respond promptly to someone who is exhibiting signs of sadness with the hopes of helping them solve their problem and console them. Sadness is like an "SOS" call...a distress signal that alerts those around us that we have used up our available resources and need help figuring something out.
Unfortunately, in our culture, we tend to feel more comfortable expressing anger when we are sad. So, instead of sending out an SOS to have people rally around us, when we show anger, we push those reinforcements away. Thus, we don't get what we need.
In class we rated how sad we felt at the beginning of class. We watched a sad video clip, rated our sadness after the video. We then connected with our peers for a couple of minutes and rated our sadness again. We found out that just connecting with our peers for that short amount of time was enough to lower our feelings of sadness! Video clip can be accessed HERE