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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Mrs. Mooney's Listening Rules


Hello,
I will be starting Character Education lessons with the Kindergarten classes this Thursday, March 9. Each of the classes will come to my room and participate in a variety of activities and learning methods to develop and enhance their social and emotional skills. I will begin with an introductory lesson to help the students become familiarized with myself and my role as the School Counselor (a similar theme was previously showcased in my National School Counselor's Week post). Included in my lesson will be my Listening Rules, which help the students to stay focused and be reminded of the simple importances when visiting a new space:



I am eager to begin my work with the Kindergarten classes and will update as they make progress.

Have a happy day,
Mrs. Mooney

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Consent Form

Hello,
If you would like to have your student seen by me, the School Counselor, here at Nixon, you must please fill out the attached consent form and send it back to school to my attention. Thank you.




Have a happy day,
Mrs. Mooney

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

National School Counselors Week

Hello,
The week of February 7-10 is an important one for my field. It is where we celebrate School Counselors nationally. Being that I am new and just began my work here at Nixon, I was unable to go into the classes and share a lesson introducing my job and my many roles. Therefore, I decided to make a visual for the students to view and read at their leisure to better help them understand what I do. So far I have heard many of the students stop and read or discuss what they see and I am happy that they are interested. Here is the "bulletin board" I put up in honor of the week:


Have a happy day,
Mrs. Mooney

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Pillars of Good Character

Hello,
Here at Nixon, the students consistently learn about and are encouraged to exemplify the Pillars of Good Character:



Each Wednesday of the month, student members of our Climate & Culture Committee read short messages about the pillars to remind the students of their importance. The rest of the year is as follows: February=Responsibility; March=Fairness; April=Caring; May=Citizenship

Ask your students what they know about each of these and try to come up with creative ways to show them together.

Have a happy day,
~Mrs. Mooney


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Students Learn Calm Down Techniques

Hello,

As a counselor, I see a wide variety of reactions-things that the students are doing or saying before they think it through. This is why I like to teach all of my students calm down strategies. The students learn that there are many different feelings that can bubble up and overtake us (anger, worry, jealousy, excitement, fear, etc.), but we can handle them all using certain tools and tricks.

For my K & 1 students, I like to teach them to Stop, Use their Thinking Brain, and Ask themselves if it is a good choice or a bad choice. They then start to recognize that when the answer is "bad choice," they simply should not do it.

For my 2-4 students, I use a catchy music video that reminds them how to use three steps: Stop, Name Your Feeling, and Calm Down. It helps them to recognize that they are having an emotional reaction and that they need to do what works for them to control it (examples such as taking deep breaths or a walk, reading a book, or talking to a trusted adult)

Once they learn the steps, we practice them through a variety of activities and games to reinforce and continuously remind them to think before they act.

Here are the resources I use with my students:





Have a happy day,
~Mrs. Mooney 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Getting to Know Your Students

Hello,

I've spent the past two weeks getting myself acclimated to Nixon School-Learning the teachers, the classroom locations, and popping in to introduce myself to your students. As I mentioned in my letter, I like to be visible for my students so they get to know my face, who I am, and what I do. Therefore, I am often in the hallways, greeting students in the morning, saying hello as they pass by in the hallway and when I pop into classes. It is my hope that I will get more opportunities to spend time in classrooms and in future projects to get to know all the students, not just those on my counseling roster.

Those students on my roster to whom I have been getting acquainted, have been sharing bits and pieces of themselves with me, particularly through the use of "getting to know you" activities and games.

Below is an example of that in a worksheet I created:


Have a happy day,
~Mrs. Mooney





Tuesday, January 10, 2017

What's A School Counselor?

Hello,
Many people often wonder what a school counselor does, particularly at the elementary level. My job encompasses many "hats," but I use this anecdotal poster to help others understand some of the qualities needed to be a successful counselor: 


It is my goal to remind my students that I am there for them no matter what.

Have a happy day,
~Mrs. Mooney