The three core curriculum lessons that were submitted were based on behavior. The mission of our counseling program is to help our students to develop into productive citizens by fostering behaviors that promote life long learning. These lessons were also aligned with our Crosswalk Tool and ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors that addressed responsibility, consequences conflict resolution, and self- control. These lessons helped support our mission statement in that we helped foster positive relationships and communication skills among peers. This helped students make the connection that between their actions and their consequences.
The personal space lesson introduced the concepts of boundaries and self-control to Kindergarten and first grade. During this lesson students read a developmentally appropriate book and participated in various activities to ensure lesson engagement. Prior to this lesson, no students were able to explain what personal space is. Less than 10% had heard or knew what self-control was. After the lesson, 100% of students understood that personal boundaries are different depending on our surroundings and the people around us. During the lesson 87% of students were able to exhibit self-control. This was a good indicator of which students would possibly need reminders throughout the school year or even participate in a small group. The lesson will continue to be implemented as it helps the teacher and counselor reinforce positive behavior during instruction.
The second grade consequences lesson focused on appropriate decision making skills and students understanding the relationship between behaviors and consequences. The procedures included a discussion about decision making and good and bad consequences. Students were asked by a show of hands whether they made decisions that may have gotten them in trouble or have gotten them rewards.
They were also asked to provide examples of good consequences and examples of bad consequences. Data shows that 75-80% of the students could identify the difference between good and bad consequences. The students were taught the "Stop and Think" song with movements and action. Of the 186 students in second grade, four students (2.2% of 2nd grade population) had discipline incidents in the fall. After receiving the lesson, by May 2017, 6 or 5.4% of second grade students had discipline referrals. While students were reminded to "stop and think" it was not enough to prevent the increase in discipline referrals. In the future this lesson will be presented again. However, it will be helpful to include additional reminders as well as additional lessons to "stop and think" about how your actions effect your behavior.
The DEBUG lesson given to the third grade as part of our school-wide behavior intervention program. This lesson is given every school year to reinforce the steps that students can take when they are being "bugged" by other students. The students are asked at the beginning of the lesson if they know what DEBUG is. About 25% of students can identify some of the steps. However, no students could identify all steps. Students participate in the lesson by answering questions as the counselor reviews the steps one by one. After the powerpoint presentation students were given various scenarios that they must role-play in class. The purpose is to check for understanding and proper use of each DEBUG step. At the end of the lesson 100% of the students could repeat what each letter of DEBUG stands for and provide an example. This lesson will continue to be implemented as it is a easy process in which students can resolve conflict on their own.