Our small groups action plan reflects the unique needs of our school. Based on our behavior referral data, the two highest locations has been the playground and classroom and the groups we have created is reflected on helping students work on skills that teaches appropriate behaviors. The developmental needs of the students are considered when creating our counseling groups. For example, counseling groups for grades K & 1 is focused on building friendships and learning playground safety skills. Our 5th grade student groups range between anger management, social skills, peer pressure, and attendance groups. Currently, the groups are created and refer to the ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors to match it. In the future, we will be looking at the ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors Program Planning Tool to determine groups to make based on the Mindsets and Behaviors we want to teach.
The lesson plans for the small group we are highlighting has been driven by the ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors. Our peer pressure group (8 students) was created to assist students that had difficulty with decision making, self-control, and displaying social maturity appropriate to the situation (B-LS1, B-SMS 2, B-SS9). Perception data showed positive increases from pre to post tests. For example, there was a score increase of 3.5 to 5 for the statement “I believe that friends can put pressure on me to act a certain way”. There also was a score increase of 2.5 to 5 for the statement “I have a plan to deal with negative peer pressure”.
The results report not only showed positive score increases in all questions on the pre and post test, but outcome data showed that the 8 groups members were involved in 0 behavior referrals in 4th quarter compared to 7 referrals in 3rd quarter. The timing of the group was made as it was an attempt to prevent these students from engaging in future incidents. In addition, there was buy in as they were informed that any additional incident could result in not participating in end of year incentives. Therefore, we will be continuing with this peer pressure group as 5th grade seems to be the age where students have difficulty with balancing what is right and wrong versus how they want to be viewed by their friends.