October: October is National Bullying Prevention month, so all lessons will focus on bullying prevention. Check out our home page for more information on BP activities this month. In guidance, we will review bullying vocabulary, and then focus on how we can put an end to bullying behaviors. I also started several small groups in 1st and 2nd grade grade.
September: it has been great getting back in to classrooms! All of my lessons this month focus on two things. The first is ensuring students understand my role at the school and how I can help them have the best year ever. Then we spend time doing an activity for them to get to know their classmates better, because I firmly believe taking the time to building community and make connections will make for a better year. I also held new student lunch bunches for students in grades 2-4 who are brand new to Hilburn to connect them with other new students and have fun getting to know each other.
I love presenting guidance lessons as I firmly believe in the value of social emotional learning, and it gives me the opportunity to build relationships with my students. Classroom guidance is delivered once/month to all elementary classes, lasting 30-40 minutes. In developing the curriculum for K-4 students, I use school data, teacher recommendations, and the ASCA (American School Counselor Association) Mindsets & Behaviors to ensure we are providing a comprehensive and developmentally appropriate curriculum. To the left is a snapshot of the 2018-2019 guidance curriculum, which lists the focus of the lesson and relevant materials, such as books or videos. Certain topics, such as Bullying Prevention and Careers are Wake County initiatives and are covered in every grade level. You will also note some topics are covered in more than one grade; however, the content/focus of these lessons vary and will be presented in a developmentally appropriate manner, building upon previous learning.