Hey All-Stars! Below you’ll find some Second Step goodies to explore! Also, Seesaw activities will be coming through your teachers during our extended break, so stay posted for those!
(Special thanks to Kate Sullivan @ Campbell!)
Counseling Lesson Units
Our counseling lessons are based off of the Second Step and Zones of Regulation curricula. If you would like any additional information on the unit descriptions listed below, please contact Steve Rockey @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Skills for Learning Listening Skills, Attent-o-Scope, Self-Talk
In our Skills for Learning unit, Kindergarten and 1st grade learn about our listening skills. Ask your student to show you the hand signals for the following listening skills:
- Looking eyes (point to your eyes)
- Listening ears (cup your ears)
- Voices quiet (put a finger up to your closed lips)
- Body still (give yourself a gentle hug)
We also learn about the super powerful Attent-o-Scope! Our Attent-o-Scopes are on when we have focused our attention and are using all of our listening skills. There’s an especially neat hand signal for the Attent-o-Scope (you pretend to hold binoculars up to your eyes).
We also learn about using self-talk to remind ourselves to stay on task. When we use self-talk, we are using a whisper or reminding ourselves silently to “focus”, “don’t get distracted”, or “use the Attent-o-Scope”.
First graders learn about three different forms of communication. When we speak in a passive or aggressive way, we are not as clear or direct as we need to be. Instead, it is best to use a calm, respectful and strong voice in order to be assertive.
In 2nd and 3rd grades, we learn about three important parts of our brains: our amygdala (which helps us react quickly in situations), our hippocampus (which helps us remember things), and our prefrontal cortex (which helps us make strong choices). We also learn mindfulness practices to help us focus our minds.
Setting Goals and Making Plans
4th and 5th grade students learn about setting short- and long-term goals and making plans to achieve them. Using the Good Plan Checklist, we check our plans to see if:
- The plan matches the goal
- There is enough time to accomplish the plan
- It is not too complicated
- It’s achievable
In our Bullying Prevention unit, Hoffman-Boston students learn how to Recognize, Report, and Refuse Bullying. We also learn about being Upstanders.
Bullying hurts someone’s body, feelings or belongings; it happens on purpose; it is unfair or one-sided; it happens more than once; and we are unable to get it to stop.
When we recognize bullying it happening, we must report it to a caring and trusted adult. When we report bullying, we try to use an assertive voice that is clear, serious, and respectful. In our Bullying Prevention Unit, all students are asked to identify caring and trusted adults in the community who they could report bullying to.
Both Upstanders and anyone who is experiencing bullying can refuse bullying by telling the bully or bullies to stop using an assertive voice.
Child Protection Unit
The Child Protection Unit includes one grade level specific lesson in Kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms. Students learn ways to help them decide if something is safe or not: specifically, about safe, unsafe, and unwanted touches, and rules about touching private body parts (we define this to students as the area covered by swimsuits). They also learn to say no to unsafe or unwanted touches, and to tell an adult if someone breaks rules about touching private body parts. Students also practice asking an adult for help, telling an adult about an unsafe situation, and being assertive to get out of unsafe situations.
In this unit, students learn about identifying feelings in themselves and in others using physical cues like body language and facial expressions in the younger grades, in addition to tone of voice, behavior, and word choice. We also learned about similarities and differences, and how being similar and being different are both okay!
In the older grades, students learn about treating others with compassion when we recognize how they’re feeling. We also discuss how Upstanders use empathy and compassion to make an inclusive and safe community.
In this unit, students learn How to Calm Down in three easy-to-remember steps: Stop, Name Your Feeling, and Calm Down. Step 3 (“Calm Down”) looks different for every person; it may mean counting slowly, belly breathing, or using positive self-talk. Students learn about applying these steps in situations when they are in the Yellow or Red Zones and feeling things like upset, angry, or frustrated. We also learn about the importance of using the steps for calming down before we try to problem solve or communicate with someone else.There are hand signals that go with the How to Calm Down steps– ask your student to share them with you!
In this unit, students learned the STEP acronym for Problem Solving: S – Say the problem without blame T – Think of safe and respectful solutions E – Explore consequences; what would happen if you chose each solution?P – Pick the best solution and make a plan In the younger grades, students practice applying STEP to conflicts between characters. In older grades, students apply STEP to conflicts they are experiencing in real life.
In the counseling unit on Careers, Kindergarteners:
- Learn that people have jobs and a variety of jobs exist.
- Learn that people dream about getting certain jobs.
- Learn about jobs people do at our school.
- Learn about jobs people do in our community.