Ms. Norred

Counselor's Corner

  • Counselor's have specific curriculum guidelines to follow. Please see the ASCA site for more details. http://www.ascanationalmodel.org/

    What do elementary school counselors do?

    • School counselors serve all students at a school and help them be their best
    • Facilitate classroom "Life Skills" lessons aligned with state standards in each classroom
    • Organize school-wide service projects and special events as applications of our character education program
    • Consult with parents, teachers, and administrators
    • Provide materials to teachers and parents on topics related to the guidance and counseling standards when needed
    • Connect families with school and community resources
    • Talk with students who have a problem they'd like help solving or have something on their mind they'd like to talk about
    • Visit with students in small groups built around shared needs like divorce/changing families, grief, anger management, etc.
    • Counsel students individually
    • Teach social skills and coping skills

     

    What topics are part of the elementary school guidance and counseling standards?

    • Emotional awareness and coping skills
    • Conflict resolution
    • Friendship/social skills
    • Self-esteem
    • Goal-setting
    • Decision-making
    • Character education (respect, responsibility, kindness, trustworthiness, etc.)
    • Personal safety
    • Behavior, choices and consequences & responsibility
    • Career awareness and preparedness
    • Academic skills and achievement
    • Appreciating individual differences

    What do we do in group and individual counseling?

    • Draw pictures, play games, play with puppets or toys, work on projects
    • Talk about little things, big things, or anything in between
    • Build a positive relationship and connection at school
    • Develop problem-solving abilities
    • Teach coping strategies, social skills, etc.
    • Build self-esteem and confidence
    • Help children cope with difficult and/or unchangeable life events
    • Help children recognize and make use of their potential
    • Give children a neutral, open place to share their concerns and feelings
    • Give children the opportunity to connect with students having similar experiences