Wednesday, February 27, 2013

STEPPIN' out for FCAT!

Being in the Florida education system, I have grown to know 4 special letters that mean the world to each and every school in the state: FCAT. This is our state standardized test that is given each spring starting in 3rd grade. The 4th grade writing portion of the test was given yesterday and to pump up the kids to do well, our school brought in the high school step team. WOW! They were amazing. Not only had they practiced and done a phenomenal performance, they also were professional, kind, and mature- great role models for our little ones. This resource was completely free and did a few things:
1. We saw how incredibly gifted these girls are step.
2. Our Students got to see an activity that they could get involved in when they enter high school
3. The high schools girls were modeling for them dedication, passion, and commitment- something that many young adults have not mastered yet.

My principal did a great job of using our resources to benefit both parties and I want to continue to think of the people in our neighborhood who can role model for others what their future could hold!

Friday, February 15, 2013

For the T.V. lovers out there!

My time with children has led me to believe that there are many television lovers in the elementary school. I feel that it is crucial to relate to them as much as possible or else they will not confide in you and/or let me help them. I saw this on Pinterest and made it my own.  In my group, we made remote controls as a way to deal with anger.  The group came up with ways to calm down and control our anger for each button on "our remote control". You could even make smaller versions and tape them to their desk as a reminder.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Girl Time!

One topic on  this blog that I do not usually talk about is my passion for exercise and nutrition. I love the idea of feeding my body with nutrient rich food that makes me feel good, and balancing that with my love for running. My two passions in life- school counseling and exercise- have finally come together and I could not be more excited about it! This past week, "Girls on the Run" started. This after school program encourages girls to take care of their body- emotionally and physically. There is a lesson taught each "practice" that goes along with many of the topics that a guidance program would cover: friendship, optimism, and encouraging ourselves and others.

The running goal of this program is for the participants to run a 5k at the end of spring; I cannot wait to see what this program does for the girls and feel very lucky to be able to volunteer!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Positive Behavior Boys Group

I have just finished working with 2 small groups of boys between 3rd and 5th grade. These students were chosen by having the most referrals in our school. These boys are spontaneous, active, and work well with incentives to complete their work.  I made a "deal" with them that if they do not get any referrals and participate each week in group, then at the end of the 6 weeks, I will bring in my sneakers and we will play whatever sport they want to outside during our group time (30 minutes). This "deal" worked very well! These boys used strategies we talked about in group to stay out of the office and stayed in the classroom! Below is a picture of our ideas (Rules!) that we wanted to use in group. The bottom poster shares how each one of us is different and unique.

The behaviorist in me knew that I could not just go "cold turkey" with this group. In order to keep them invested in the idea of staying out of the office, I told them that each month that they do NOT get in trouble, we would be able to go outside and play a sport again. They all seem on board- fingers crossed that this incentive will work!