September: Welcome Back
Meet your school counselor
Trivia game with cup knockover!
October: Emotions and Empathy
Understanding and expressing emotions lesson, emotions handout, and emotional walk about
Brene Brown Empathy vs sympathy lesson with videos and standing on desks exercise.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aU3QfyqvHk8 Empathy can change the world video
Discuss the two parts of Empathy
1) Think about what the other person is feeling. How would you feel in that situation?
2) Think about what that other person/needs wants. What would you need or want from others in that situation? How do we connect with others?
Sit all students in a circle. Call student up to the front and have them sit up high on a desk and have them model a non-empathetic response by not going "down the ladder with them". Then have them demonstrate an empathetic response by getting off the desk and going down with them. Practice using the 2 parts of empathy (from above)
Empathy scenarios: Best empathy scenarios.odt
November: Conflict Resolution/Bullying
I messages lesson. Recapped Kelso's choice and focused on "talking it out". Discussed the meaning of I-messages and owning feelings while not attacking the person you are having a conflict with. Talk it Out. When doing this, only one person should be talking at a time. It is important to listen to each other. Ask students to use “I” messages when explaining. Add that eye contact and using the person’s name adds positively to what you say.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYf3H70qldI I message video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWTsH7rBffI I message video
Had the students come up in front of the class and practice using I-messages in different scenarios: I message scenarios.doc
We then celebrated with a kid president video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghk-nDJB3Tk&list=PLnELI22kY1mroC03Ov_nDsUUW_U9_5yqY&index=12
I message cards for the classroom: I message cards.odt
Accepting Differences Lesson
Under “My docs”, up/down exercise
December: Kindness and Gratitude
Kindness Boomerang Lesson
Compliments Lesson Plan
February: Self Esteem
Mindfulness Lesson #2
Recap mindful bodies, show train of thought video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0SWMICwtm0&list=PLPvZRhr5Kt5s_iy4gGHEwmqNQ7r-678HR&index=11&pbjreload=10 then do mindful minute with this music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmQ1fAby2WA&pbjreload=10
Discuss mind/body connection and do lemon exercise
Dance and calm experiment
Self Love/Self Bullying lesson
Lesson plan under “Love letter documents”
March: Growth Mindset
Growth Mindset Lesson
“What do you do with a Problem?” book and activity
Resilience video: https://www.gozen.com/go/gostrengths/module4/4-1/
Growth Mindset Lesson
May: Anxiety and Transition
Understanding and Managing anxiety
Transition Lesson Plan