• Guidance Lesson Topics 2020-2021

    Posted by Sara Newman on 9/3/2020 9:45:00 AM

    Here is a list of the topics for our guidance lessons this school year:

    Month:  Character Trait (SEL Topic)

    September: Integrity (Social Skills/ Manners - Bullying vs. Being Mean)

    October: Responsibility (Personal Safety/ Healthy Relationships)

    November: Gratitude (Being Grateful for Others' Differences)

    December: Generosity (Joy of Giving)

    January: Resilience (None)

    February: Kindness/Compassion (Friendship)

    March: Patience (Coping Skills/ Emotional IQ)

    April: Peace (Conflict Resolution)

    May: Commitment (Goal Setting/ Careers)


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  • 2020-2021 Carver Counseling Introduction

    Posted by Sara Newman on 9/3/2019 9:50:00 AM

    At Carver Elementary, we endeavor to provide every student with a solid foundation. A solid foundation includes not only academics, but also character development and the social/emotional skills necessary to enjoy positive experiences at school and in the community.

    Our school-wide guidance and counseling program provides foundational instruction in both character education and social/emotional awareness.  I am so excited to visit classrooms monthly with engaging and interactive lessons. For our virtual learners, lessons will be recorded for classroom teachers to show during a synchronous class meeting.  (To best accommodate the schedules of our teachers of virtual learners, virtual direct tought lessons may be scheduled with me at the teacher's discretion.)

    Lessons are developed using a variety of resources.  Some examples include GISD Department of Guidance and Wellness Curriculum, Core Essentials, information from The Whole-Brain Child, by Siegel and Bryson, and many activities that include other children’s books or video clips. 

    Our youngest scholars in Pre-K through 3rd grade require additional instruction on issues related to safety. During the month of October, I will specifically address things like good touch/bad touch and what to do if you get an “Uh Oh” feeling that something is not quite right. We will view clips of The Ruby Studio Safety Show, which will guide our conversations. You can learn more about Ruby Studio at: http://www.rubysstudio.com/; and, if you would like, please feel free to watch a sample at: https://vimeo.com/92677295.

    As always, my door, phone, and email are open to you! If you have further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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