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I am in the 3rd grade classrooms every other Wednesday - two times a month - teaching a Counselor Lesson.  Each week, I will post the title of the Counselor Lesson and post supporting documents, if helpful to you, on this site. This link will give you details of my lessons and the Roosevelt Round-Up (PTA newsletter) will also periodically give you more information.  "Counselor Conversation Cards" will also come home throughout the year to encourage discussion about our lessons in your home.  Let me know if you need more information or have feedback on my lessons.

Lesson 1: Who is Your School Counselor?  We toured our building noticing all the Bulletin Boards Mrs. Clark has made for them to help them get to know Roosevelt -- New Student Pictures, Recess Games & Rules, Peacewheel Board highlighting Peace-makers and Peace-breakers at our school, and Roosevelt Staff Picture Board.   As we toured each stop, we discussed how they can see these through October to make sure they know all the new students in our school, the rules and options on our Playground, how we solve problems or conflicts at Roosevelt, and all the adults in our school they can ask for help if they needed or know their names like we know them!   We then made our way to my classroom where we discussed "What does your school counselor do?" Students brainstormed all that we have worked on so far and the places and reasons they might see me.  We discussed what we would be doing this year in a powerpoint and helped them remember: Mrs. Clark LISTENS to us when we need to TALK or have a QUESTION.  She HELPS us HELP ourselves and make GOOD choices! What are Potato Points - our rules for listening!  With the use of our Mr. Potato Head doll as a reminder - we discussed what good listening "looks like": eyes on the speaker, hands to ourselves, raising our hand to speak, bringing our thinking caps with our ideas and good sharing, ears for listening to others, mouth closed if others are speaking, and feet still and pointed at the speaker.  We also talked about how the 3rd grade was going -- classroom, what they were learning; playground, games and what to do; lunchroom, making healthy choices; and friendships, including others. 

Lesson 2: We reviewed the 9 peacewheel options we use to solve conflicts at Roosevelt -- the "body raps", the 9 choices and discussed the difference between Small problems and Big problems. Those 9 choices are: walk away, share and take turns, go to another game, ignore it, make a deal, talk it out, apologize, wait and cool off, tell them to stop. We watched two videos of students solving Small and Big problems in "It's your Choice: Putting Kelso Into Play K-3 Booster" We saw: three Small problems where a student asks another student to stop annoying behavior and learn how to compromise and come up with work-able solutions; two Big problems emphasizing being safe around tricky people and when you witness stealing you immediately get an adult!  We demonstrated how to do these 9 choices the Right way and the Wrong way - ex. saying "are you done?" to someone who is doing something you don't like or a wrong way of getting angry and pushing someone when frustrated. Students are able to see other students solving problems in different ways and resolving the problem -- big problems they see adult help immediately and we reviewed the adults in our school they can get help from at any time! Next week we will extend these ideas outside of Roosevelt!

Lesson 4:  We discussed the Kelso clips we saw last time and reviewed those 9 Peacewheel choices.   In these videos we saw how to resolve conflict peacefully at school and at home and today we moved into seeing how building healthy relationships require all 9 of these skills.  In the movie “Building Healthy Relationships” we discuss standing up for yourself and fight starters: name-calling, blaming, threatening, insulting, making demands, being sarcastic, being too physical, making fun, being mean, acting selfish & Fight-Stoppers: compromise, flip a coin/rock-paper-scissor, skip it, walk away, apologize were all used in our video.  We also worked on the “talk it out” option of the Peacewheel by discussing how important the time, place, and mood of the person influences a discussion, using “I feel” statements, good listening, and really attempting to find a good solution by brainstorming ideas that work for everyone involved!  As always, if they are not able to do this on their own – GET HELP from a trusted adult to help guide the conflict and assist you in having healthy, happy relationships!

**Parent/Teacher Conferences --- your students are doing so well!  I look forward to reading all the report card comments and connecting with them on their progress!

Lesson 5: LISTENING is something we work on in the 3rd grade! We have so much to say - so many ideas - and such great friends to talk with.....but how is talking disrupting learning?    Talking out of turn, blurting out, and interrupting another friend or teacher all cause problems in the classroom and with friends.  We played two games to help us see that listening is necessary to know what to do, hear important cues from others, and allow a large group to learn or play something together.   We played Tell Tale - a fun game where students look at a picture and they build a story around the picture they drew in the deck...very creative and silly!   Then we played Chain Reaction - a game that requires you to listen for a "cue" and then it triggers your action -- if students do not read what they need to do, listen for their cue, or are distracted from the task, the chain reaction does not happen!   We concluded with emphasizing that EVERYONE has a role in good listening in the classroom and how one person's behavior triggers others your part!  We will continue our discussion about listening next week.  

Lesson 6: We continued our work on listening skills. I asked the students to give an example of the difference between hearing and listening - and how it feels to be heard vs. listened to by a friend, parent, or teacher. We took a quick self-assessment about their listening skills and then we watched the video "I Can Communicate". In this video, we saw the difference between hearing and listening; what good listening "looks" like; and how it feels to be in a group, in a classroom, or in a conversation with someone who is not a good listener.

Happy Thanksgiving - I am so Thankful I work with your child every day!

Lesson 7: Students were challenged in our last lesson to try out those good listening skills – specifically, repeating what they heard mom/dad say at home.  It was fun to hear their successes with this technique and how listening is different than hearing!  We reviewed what we learned last week from our video - specifically, the difference between hearing vs. listening.   We discussed what happens when you are not a good listener - in the video there were arguments with family members and getting lost on a field trip and loosing trust with a teacher.  Student showed me the good listening formula: Eyes + Ears + Body = Good Listening.  The described those signal words they hear from their teachers, parents, and friends.  Today, we practiced that important skill of Reflective Listening.   Teaming up with a buddy, they had to describe how to make a PB&J&Banana Sandwich.   After trying this once, a "model" group showed us what this looked like for them and then they changed partners and tried it again!  

Lesson 8:  We are starting our Safe & Healthy Choices Unit by discussing “Danger Zones”.  We reviewed what are some of the safe and healthy choices we have discussed prior to 3rd grade - Eddie the Eagle and gun safety, Healthy Choices, Fire Safety, Safe/UnSafe choices inside our house/playground/community, Personal Space, Personal Safety, Secrets vs. Surprises, saying NO, and trusted adults/safe places. We watched "Safety: Out of the Danger Zone" that highlights how to be safe around a gun/knife, stranger, bullies/mean people, internet/on-line chat rooms, inhalants, and peer pressure. Our rule throughout this movie is the same as we have practiced since Kindergarten - Stop! Don't Touch! Leave the Area! Today we also learned about "Tricky People".   These are people that are not necessarily strangers, they may be familiar, we may know them, or they may present to know you --- they are Tricky and give you that "uh-oh" feeling in your stomach.   We watched a short clip from "Yellow Dino" where a group of kids are discussing what Tricky People are and reviewed an example of what "Tricky" could look like.  We discussed just like practicing for lock-downs and earthquakes -- they don't happen very often, but we want to be prepared if they do.  Knowing what to do with Tricky People and Situations is just as important and they know what to do -- Yello Dino teaches us the "jingle": take three steps back, take three steps back, YELL and run like the wind! **Thank you for your follow up at home on this important safety discussion.  Practice the "jingle" and continue to use that term "Tricky People" instead of "Strangers" as the data tells us harm to children happens by people they have seen before or know, not usually a total stranger.  We closed with reading the book "The Trouble with Secrets"  What is a secret?  We discussed the difference between good secrets -- I call them surprises -- and "bad" secrets -- secrets that make us feel uncomfortable "holding" from someone else or not sharing.  The book explores the differences and the need to ALWAYS talk with an adult when you get the uncomfortable feeling about a secret or the right to say "No, I don't keep secrets" to anyone!   **This book is available for checkout in our counselor library!

Lesson 9:  Hunting Season is open -- a Career Fair Scavenger Hunt, that is!  Our fifth graders selected one Job and prepared a poster or multi-media presentation, complete with pictures, props, and tools to represent the important points of their selected Job to present to our 2nd & 3rd graders.  Jobs like: Engineer, Baker, Chamist, Fashion Designer, Singer, Actor, Teacher....and the list goes on and on were represented at our Career Fair!  (see pictures on my Website under School Counseling Program Pictures) Using the Career Fair Scavenger Hunt Document (see attachment below) they learned about Jobs that use Science, Math, Art, work Outside or Inside, and much more!   In our lesson, students shared what they learned from their Scavenger Hunt sheets and we discussed questions like: Why do people work?  How important is it to do a job that you enjoy in life?  If everyone has unique skills and talents, how are they going to match these to a future job?  Amazing ideas, A-ha experiences, and "I want to know more about" moments were had today!  Thank you 5th graders for a GREAT job with our Career Fair!

Have a Safe & Healthy Holiday & New Year!

Lesson 10: This year is going to be Awesome!  With the help of Kid President and the book "Squirrel's New Year's Resolution"  we discussed why people set goals or make resolutions.  In our book, Squirrel knows that New Year's Day is a great day for making resolutions! But what does it mean to make a resolution, anyway? As she makes visits around the forest she learns about New Year's resolutions and helps her friends get started on theirs. Kid President encourages us to think about how we can make the new year better for others with some fun suggestions.  Check out the video:  Students thought about the new year and a resolution or goal they might have - all students shared one idea they gave me as they left our lesson!  **We also reviewed their Career Fair Scavenger Hunts --   I loved hearing what they loved, careers they found that used their favorite subjects like math, and thinking about where they might like to work like in a hospital or by the ocean!   

Lesson 11: We are back into our Safe & Healthy Choices Unit and I love what I am seeing and hearing on the playground with our 3rd grade students using our Peacewheel!   Now its time for us to learn about our "meters" - Emotional Meters!   Using the language of color, students labeled, colored, and explored their very own emotional meter.  We will work more next week with their meters and send home an assignment to help you explore this new tool we use at Roosevelt and you can use in your home!  What color are you on?  

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Wendi Ellis-Clark, School Counselor
Boise School District - Roosevelt Elementary
908 E. Jefferson Street
Boise, Idaho 83712
208-854-6030 (phone) 208-854-6031 (fax)

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