Both the Dakota Prairie mission and vision statements focus on “all learners.” Because school counseling core curriculum is the largest component on the school counseling program, it could be considered the most impactful. Core Curriculum is important in making a difference and helping all learners reach their full potential as well as make a positive impact on their ability to become lifelong learners, successful future employees, and significant contributors to society.
Each of the three lessons highlighted in this application were selected from the curriculum to be a reflection of how our core curriculum instruction reinforces the achievement of every learner. Each lesson is directly linked to our goals and mindset and behavior standards. For all of my lessons, I used an online tool called “Plickers” to gather data. Plicker is an image similar to a QR code on a piece of paper that can be scanned by a smart device. This app recognizes the learners responses depending on which they hold the plicker image. The learners enjoyed this method, and I was able to quickly and easily collect data!
Lesson 1-Introduction to the Zones of Regulation
Based on our goals and needs statement, we adopted “The Zones of Regulation” curriculum. A pre/posttest was given to all 1st grade learners. Posttest results showed that after these lessons knowledge and skill increased in each area of recognition (blue zone, green zone, yellow zone, and red zone); and 86%-90% of students felt they had learned strategies to help calm down or alert when appropriate.
This lesson included variety of teaching methods including, short videos using technology and movement around the room which helped students stayed engaged.
Lesson 2-Kelso’s Choices
All 2nd grade learners participate in this lesson after coming back from Christmas break. In my experience this is the time that friends start to get “annoyed” with each other and seem to have an increase in small problems within friend groups. This lesson is designed to give learners the skills and tools they need to be their own problem solvers. Post test results showed that after the lesson, 96-100% of learners felt that they were smart enough and strong enough to solve their own small problems. After the lesson, - 70-100% of learners could distinguish a small problem from a big problem and 79-96% of learners could identify at least two ways to solve their own problem before going to an adult.
I feel this was a very effective lesson but included discussion where learners were more stationary. I would like to include more movement into this lesson when I teach it in the future.
Lesson 3- Rude, Mean, or Bullying
The lesson that I chose to focus on for 3rd graders was revised from the book “8 Ways to End Bullying” by Signe Whitson. I heard Signe speak at the ASCA conference in the summer of 2016 and I knew that I needed to add her materials to my core curriculum. Many of my learners get into the habit of fighting with friends and then using the term “bullying” Even though my core curriculum includes lessons on the proper definition of bullying, I wanted to make sure that all my 3rd grade learners could put a name to behaviors that are not bullying but just rude and mean. I also wanted them to have the confidence to handle a situation on their own using appropriate actions depending on the situation. Post test data revealed that 83-100% of learners felt confident handing a situation where a classmate was being rude; 70-100% knew what to do if a classmate was being mean; and 87-100% of learners felt they knew what to do if a classmate was being a bully. After the lesson, post test data showed that 69-83% of students could correctly identity a situation as rude; 67-80% could identify a situation as mean; and 64-80% could identify a situation as bullying.
Next year when I give the pretest and the posttest I will eliminate a few of the questions. It took quite a bit of time to go over each situation. The pretest was taken from "The 8 Ways to End Bullying" activity book and included three rude situations; two mean; and five bullying situation. When I put together my data, I took an average for learners’ answers in each category.