Classroom Guidance= Preventative Medicine Sharon todd, NCC junction city elementary school

Why is Classroom Guidance important to your students and school?

*Relationship builder!

It's your responsibility to teach Personal/Social Development, Academic Development and Career Development... If school counselors don't teach these skills, there's no guarantee students will learn them.

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So how do I engage younger students and ensure they are learning?

Get animated!
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Feel like you don't have enough time for guidance? Get creative!

I teach all 5th graders at the same time. How? Converge! I upload all of my units on Converge and assign group work. This is a win-win as it allows students to use technology and practice cooperation skills. For this lesson, I printed/cut out all of the career clusters and assigned a career cluster to each group. They were responsible for researching the career cluster and creating a Google Slide presentation that will be shared with the other groups. There are also times I combine other grade levels when I'm in a pinch.
Younger students love working in "centers" so I have been implementing center activities for them. Recently, we have been working in career centers. I borrow various Lakeshore learning themed tubs from the kindergarten teachers to do this activity.
I LOVE doing role plays/skits for so many reasons. At the end of the group performance, we play "show down" so that I can quickly assess whether or not the students understood the topic. In the picture above, the students had to identify who played the bully, victim and bystander as well as name the type of bullying portrayed.

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Great article worth reading about the impact school counselors have on students!

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