Monday, September 30, 2013

All students have to learn to deal with conflict or disagreement. "Kelso's Choices" gives students different avenues for success in solving issues they may have.  We read stories from "Willow Pond" of how Kelso the frog helps others that live in the pond solve problems.  Students learn strategies of how to handle small problems, but also they may need an adult they trust to help them with larger more difficult problems.  Kindergartners also are given a color book with the choices in them to take home and share with their family.    

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Circle of Courage

The past two weeks in guidance classes at the intermediate school grades 3 and 4, the students have been learning and discussing the Circle of Courage.  The model is divided into quadrants, like the medicine wheel, and depicts the sacredness of the circle to Native Americans and the interconnectedness of life.  Each quadrant stands for a central value-belonging, mastery, independence and generosity.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

School Refusal


School refusal behavior refers to a child-motivated refusal to attend school and/or difficulty remaining in classes for an entire day.  The problem includes youth with lengthy absences from school, youth who skip classes during the day, youth who are chronically late to school, youth who show misbehaviors in the morning in an attempt to miss school, and youth who may attend school but do so with great dread and distress.  Many youth demonstrate some aspect of school refusal behavior, making it one of the most common childhood behavior problems.  It is estimated that anywhere from 5-28% of children will exhibit some form of school refusal.  Untreated, a child with school refusal will likely fall behind academically and be at risk for long term mental health concerns.  In addition, extended school refusal behavior can lead to serious short-term and long-term consequences; these consequences include academic problems, social alienation, family conflict and stress, school dropout, delinquency, and occupational and marital problems in adulthood.

Monday, September 16, 2013

2013-2014 School Year at a start

      We have had a great start this year.  Students are settled in and ready to learn.  In counseling we started off discussing feelings.  Students discuss how they felt the first day of school.  Students are usually very happy to be back at school mainly because they are reunited with their friends.  For some they may feel nervous, anxious, or sad to be back.  It is a good time to visit about these feelings as a class.  It helps students to realize there are others who may be feeling the same way, especially for those who are in Chadron for their first year.  We also discuss how important it is to understand our different feelings, and learn strategies of how to deal with those feelings.