April 13, 2017

Boy's Group Interactive Book


All too often I have boys come into my office upset because of something that happened that caused them to lose their cool, or in trouble for how they responded to the situation that angered them. Sometimes they act out in anger intentionally, sometime they just don't know how to better handle the situation. 

The kids I work with are young; anger is a big emotion. Most adults do not even appropriately handle their anger, how can we expect these little ones to keep in control? Instead of punishing them for losing their cool, I want to teach them the skills to understand and manage their anger. I want to teach them skills they can take with them into adulthood that will help them to become better people overall.

Building on this idea, I created a small group curriculum for boys designed to do just that. It’s not that girls don’t get angry, I just see a lot of resources for girls and not many specifically for boys.  I made it just for boys to get them hooked, excited, feeling like they were invited to a special class by someone who cares.


 This small group curriculum is packed with 10 interactive activities designed to teach students more about their specific type of anger, how to handle situations that anger them and role-play common anger inducing situations all while they have fun making their own interactive book. 

I just finished up a small group using this resource with four fifth grade boys. They had a blast learning how to control their anger and keep calm while they designed their own Calm Down Control book. Each session, they created an additional page or two of their Calm Down Control book. I utilize cardstock paper instead of an actual notebook. At the end of each session, I collected the pages and keep them all until the end of our group. I then stapled the pages together and let the students take their Calm Down Control Book home. 

I made a book along with the boys. They said I was the only girl allowed in the group and I was invited in under special circumstances. I’m currently pregnant with a little boy so they said I was kind of like a boy and could join in. kids are seriously so funny.

Below is an outline of our sessions together and pictures of the book that I created.

I cannot wait to run this group again with another set of students.

Session #1: Group Intro, Group Norms, Get to Know Me Activity

Session #2: Anger Triggers

Session #3: Anger Types/Describing Your Specific Anger

Session #4: What Does Your Anger Feel Like?

Session #5: Steps to My Anger

Session #6: Who Has the Control?

Session #7: Who Should Have Control?

Session #8: Keep Calm Tools

Session #9: Role-playing, How Could You Control Yourself?

Session #10: What Works Best For You/What Did You Learn?

In the end the boys have a clear understanding of their specific type of anger, acceptable behaviors when upset, ways to handle their anger, calm down tools/strategies and what works best for them.

I’ve seen a major decrease in episodes of anger explosions with the boys in the groups that I’ve had create this book so far. I’m sure your students will learn a lot about their anger, while having fun too!

You can download your own copy HERE.

April 1, 2017

April Counseling Plan

April Counseling Plan
Monthly Goal: Teach all students what it means to have integrity; how to do the right thing even if no one is looking. The character word of the month is integrity, a trait we should all aspire to have. Also I will continue to create and close out small groups while being available to students for one-on-one support as needed. 

Guidance Classes:
Kindergarten, First and Second Grade: 
Check this out on my blog.
(read the cards to the students)

Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade: 
What Emotions Do You See?
Check it out on my blog.

Small Groups:
How Can You Be Super?
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Check it out on my blog

Individuals:
Good Choice Poor Choice Carrot Sort
Choice Sort Cut and Glue Activity
Pet Loss Memory Book

School Wide: