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Celebrating National School Counseling Week can develop communication for student's academic and personal support.
"You have the right to remain silent. . ." But should a suspect exercise that right? Should laws establish and defend the rights of an individual or reflect the will of "the people?" After reading and annotating a series of primary source documents related to court cases that have altered a suspect's Miranda rights to silence and counsel, class members tackle the question of whether these policies are "the best policy for our nation." The readings will challenge even the best readers, but the exercise addresses an important question and would make for great debate in US history and government classes.
Eighth graders engage in a lesson that is concerned with the acquiring of skills necessary to make informed career choices. They examine the type of language that should be acquired for communication in the workplace. They also have class discussion about written journal entries.
Twelfth graders examine and evaluate their personal education plans and discuss the importance of life-long learning. They discuss personal education plans and goals and reflect on their own plans, complete a Personal Plan of Study Review worksheet, and write a letter to themselves about the benefits of planning for the future and their life goals that will be mailed to them in five years by the school counselor.
Students investigate the life changing events that can take place in the life of a school age child. They conduct class discussion about some examples of life changing events. The lesson is targeted towards counseling or opening days of the school year.
Eleventh graders focus upon the founding of natural rights as ratified in the Constitution. They communicate a political position on an issue that is debated according to the tenets found in the Constitution.
Tenth graders analyze information from students who have left school before graduation, and utilize the information as a strategy designated to lower the drop-out rate of the at-risk students. They design a rubric, create a web page, and design a survey.
Students discuss gender role stereotyping and males and females in non-traditional work roles. They debate and discuss opinions as a group, and then as a class, concerning "men only" and "women only" jobs
Eleventh graders interview people in the community regarding their idea of sustainability. In this ecology lesson, 11th graders determine the different factors to consider when making important decisions. They differentiate reactive and proactive adaptation.
Designed by a mental health center, this presentation is meant to educate educators how to help teens face peer pressure. Tips are provided for identifying at-risk youth and bullying situations. This would be a poignant topic to include in a professional development session with your school faculty and staff.
Seventh graders create goals using two or more skills they have identified to help them improve academic achievement. They discuss the question: What choices do you make that affect your grades? Students listen to the story of Sam the Slacker. They are asked to identify the decisions or choices Sam made that resulted in his failing the science test.
Fifth graders investigate the world of work in relation to knowledge of self and to make informed career decisions. Then they break into groups to complete the training and education for two careers selected from a listing in the instructional activity. Students also report their findings to the class and write a letter to themselves highlighting what they learned about themselves as well as about finding and using information in the work world.
Students identify likes and dislikes at home and school. Then they identify the relationship between training and the world of work. Students also discover and evaluate patterns and relationships in information, ideas and structures. Finally, they draw one favorite and one least favorite activity to do at school and home.
Second graders identify effective work habits. They choose 2 work habits that they personally want to practice for a week. Students are asked: "What kinds of work or study habits are most helpful to the individual person to use in many settings?"
Second graders examine and discuss different goals that lead to learner success. They discuss the story of "The Tortoise and the Hare," and discuss different goals and scenarios on a handout. Students then write a personal learning goal and a strategy for meeting their goal.
Third graders, after brainstorming the positive and negative types of behaviors, become aware of the right and wrong way to behave as a third grader. They perform a skit that demonstrates the skills and behaviors used by third grade students to succeed.
Guess what is in the bag! Use this lesson at the beginning of the year to discuss appropriate items for 4th grade students to have in school. Each group develops a list of appropriate items as well as inappropriate items, and discusses why they are appropriate and inappropriate.
Eighth graders are exposed to different types of media in order to investigate the tendency of being exposed to a set of values that run contrary to conservative values. They role play a television program in order to communicate the values of the writers.
Furnish your job seekers with a resume-building worksheet that details the kind of information they must collect and shows them how to format this information into an effective resume. Sample resumes, reference lists, and lists of action words and phrases that may be used to enliven the qualifications section are also provided. A handy resource.
Seventh graders examine the importance of being organized when making transitions. In this organization lesson, 7th graders watch a teacher demonstration of entering a room in a disorganized manner before discussing how the transition could have been more successful. They update their daily planners and write goals on an index card which they hand in.