Who is Your School Counselor?
ASCA Standard: PS:C1.6; Identify resource people in the school and community, and know how to seek their help.
A goal for the beginning of this school year was to create lessons to introduce who a school counselor is and for students to gain understanding of what a school counselor does.
The handout I created is based on Coral Canyon Elementary School Counseling: Meet the Counselor. I found the images through a Google Search and used Microsoft Office to add the description. On the back of my handouts, I include a brief "Counselor Connection", a letter home, on the reverse side of every worksheet I give students. Another way to introduce myself to parents and an easy way to give parents ideas to reinforce the skills we learned.
Kindergarten Lesson Meet Your School Counselor!
Using Mrs. Potato Head, I introduce the role of a School Counselor to students. The students were very engaged and liked helping put the Mrs. Potato Head back together. It was a very easy for beginning Kindergarten age to relate with the various pieces and how their school counselor is like Mrs. Potato Head. This was such a successful lesson, I have decided I would use this lesson yearly with Kindergarten age students.
Materials: Mrs. Potato Head (I used a Mr. Potato Head), Meet Your School Counselor Coloring Page, paper book, paper phone, paper "X"
Lesson: Students choose different parts from the bag and place them on Potato Head. We discuss each piece and how it shows what a school counselor does.
Feet: Walks to visit all students in their classrooms
Hands: For helping you or giving "knuckles" to say hello
Ears: For listening to you and your feelings
Mouth: For keeping our talk private and not repeating what you say unless you or someone else are being hurt or are in danger
Eyes: To see all students in our school and look for ways to help them
Book: For reading stories to your class. These stories teach us about being good friends and students.
Phone: To talk to your families or teachers
Bag: To carry many fun things that will help us learn! And of course to bring Marley in.