Sunday, April 26, 2015

Anxiety Article

You might have seen this already, but I'm always looking for new ways to work with kids who have anxiety to the point that it affects their ability to stay in class. I'm especially intrigued by #8, practicing mindfulness:
An abundance of scientific research has demonstrated the profound effects of mindfulness.  MRI studies have shown that practicing mindfulness increases the density of grey matter in the brain, providing relief and protection from stress, anxiety and depression.
As I make a few more clicks around the website, I think Hey Sigmund just became my new favorite blog.

Be well.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

5th Grade Transition: Fly-up Day

I don't know how you do a fly-up activity at your middle school. Our fifth graders come to visit for an hour and a half or so. I've participated in that event several times as an elementary counselor, but have never planned one at my current level. This is actually a good thing, as I am familiar with what has been done in the past, and what I think would additionally be valuable to our fifth graders.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Ed Foundation Grant

My latest tweet:
My plans for next year are beginning to take shape. We're going to be incorporating some social-emotional learning alongside our college/career curriculum at the sixth grade levels. Our goals will be for our sixth graders to:

  • Become problem solvers
  • Recognize and respond to bullying
  • Regular their own emotions
  • Resist drug/alcohol use and other risky behaviors
I've taught this curriculum at the elementary level in years past. I believe in it as a vehicle to promote real growth at this crucial time of their academic lives. Very special thanks to the Hermiston Education Foundation for making this possible. 

Reference:  Second Step Curriculum from the Committee for Children, sixth grade level.