Communication and Guidance Teacher Resources
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The Internet can be a place where both positive and negative interactions happen. Begin the discussion with a talk about positive and negative encounters before defining some related terms for your class. Next, ask your class to pretend to be an individual in a tricky situation. It's their job to determine what the best next step is and work to come up with advice for this individual. Wrap up with questions, an assessment, or one of the included extension activities.
Celebrating National School Counseling Week can develop communication for student's academic and personal support.
Students discover the benefits of setting goals for themselves. In this guidance lesson, students work together as a class to identify goals. Students then investigate options for attaining their goals and discover the relevance of goal setting in their academic work.
Pupils 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.
"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 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.
Eighth graders engage in a lesson plan 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.
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 are shown the importance of planning events in the context for having a class party. The counselor comes to the class to take a survey of how many students are interested to have a party. The teacher can use this lesson to help plan school events.
Second graders engage in a lesson that is about having a super day with an example of a fictitious child. They read "Sally's Super Day" and reflect upon the events and how they affected the character and the outcome of the story. The lesson includes some target discussion questions.
Students work with a partner by using the symbol bracelets from instructional activity #1. They that has the number #1 look at the object keeping it hidden from student #2. Student number 2 then ask questions in order to determine the qualities and characteristics of the object enabling student #2 to guess the object.
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 instructional activity, 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 lesson. 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?"