Classroom Guidance

*Guidance Schedule*
Grades N-4- bi-weekly
Grades 5-8- weekly

Below are the topics each grade level is exploring throughout the school year.  


Early Childhood

1.Skills for learning:Listening and Focusing Attention
Why this unit matters: Listening and focusing attention helps students participate successfully in school as well as helps increase positive relationships with peers.
Recommended reading:
-Howard B Wigglebottom Learns to  Listen by Howard Binkhow
-My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook
-The Listening Walk by Paul Showers

2.Empathy/Feelings
Why this unit matters: Having empathy helps children get along with others and solve problems. Having empathy is being able to identify how someone is feeling and respond in a caring way. It is important for children to understand their emotions so they can communicate their feelings to others in a healthy way.I want our students to know that we value all of their feelings- positive and negative and that all of us, children and adults, experience all such feelings. I want to build our children's confidence in sharing their feelings and coping.
Recommended reading:
- Glad Monster Sad Monster by Ed Emberley
- The Way I Feel by Janan Cain
-Mouse was Mad by Linda Urban
-Angry Octopus by Lori Lite
-Sometimes I'm Scared by Jane Annunziata
- When I feel Sad by Cornelia Maude Superman
- Hands Are Not For Hitting by Matine Agassi
- Franklin's Bad Day by Paulette Bourgeous

3. Tattling
Why this unit matters
: Students tattle as they start to acquire social skills and try to incorporate their parents' important lessons about following rules and being well behaved. Students tattle for a variety of reason, to get attention, to get someone in trouble, to express frustration towards another child and to make sure that the rules apply to everyone and that they are equally enforced. Through this unit students learn to  dicern between situations that they can solve themselves versus more serious situations that calls for an adult assistance. Students learn that through,  talking to eachother, listening and helping one another, they can solve many problems independently. Students are encouraged to report other's positive actions, ("tootling") with the goal to inspire students to emulate those positive behaviors and eventually those positive behaviors to become habit or routine.
Recommended reading:
Don't Squeal Unless it's a Big Deal by Jeanie Franz Ransom

4. Caring and Helping
Why this unit matters
: Empathy can motivate children to respond in a caring way. It is important for children to learn that we use our words and our actions to help someone. During this unit, children will demonstrate helping and acring  behaviors during an activity. 
Recommended reading:
Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson
The Berenstain Bears Lend a Helping Hand by Stan & Jan Berenstain
Rosie's Roses by Pamela Duncan

5. Fair Ways to Play and Problem Solving
Why this unit matters:  What children want from each situation influences how they solve problems with other children. Playing together, trading, taking turns, and sharing make play fair and help children have fun together.
Recommended reading:
The Mine-o-Saur, Sudipta Bardhan


Primary Grades (1-3)

1.Skills for learning:
 Listening and Focusing Attention
Why this unit matters: Listening and focusing attention helps students participate successfully in school as well as helps increase positive relationships with peers.
Recommended reading:
-Howard B Wigglebottom Learns to Listen by Howard Binkhow
-My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook
-The Listening Walk by Paul Showers

2.Empathy/feelings
Why this unit matters: Having empathy helps children get along with others and solve problems. Having empathy is being able to identify how someone is feeling and respond in a caring way. It is important for children to understand their emotions so they can communicate their feelings to others in a healthy way. I want our students to know that we value all of their feelings- positive and negative and that all of us, children and adults, experience all such feelings. I want to build our children's confidence in sharing their feelings and coping.
Recommended reading:
- Glad Monster Sad Monster by Ed Emberley
- The Way I Feel by Janan Cain
-Mouse was Mad by Linda Urban
-Angry Octopus by Lori Lite
-Sometimes I'm Scared by Jane Annunziata
-Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very bad day by Judith Viorst
- When I feel Sad by Cornelia Maude Superman
- Hands Are Not For Hitting by Matine Agassi
- Franklin's Bad Day by Paulette Bourgeous

3. Showing Compassion
Why this unit matters:
Empathy helps students perceive and understand what others are feeling. This unit puts empathy into action by showing compassion. Students are encouraged to use caring words and actions towards others. 
Recommended reading:
Have you Filled a Bucket Today By Carol McCloud

4th Grade
Empathy and Respect- Empathy is a key ingredient in the development of social behaviors and  interpersonal problem solving skills. Being able to identify, understand, and respond in a caring way to how someone feels provides a foundation for friendships and conflict resolution.
Listening with Attention- Students focused on being able to actively listen in class and with their peers. Listening with attention is a skill necessary for effective communication and academic success.
Respecting Similarities and Differences in Feelings- Recognizing people's feelings is a critical part of empathy and perspective taking. Students sometimes misinterpert how someone else is feeling because they assume they feel the same about something. Students focused on clues to help them recognize other people's feelings.
Bullying- When classroom norms support safe, respectful, and responsible behavior, bullying is less likely to happen. Learning to recognize bullying, helps students increase their awareness of the problem and gain empathy for bullied students. Clarifying what bullying is and how it is both harmful and against the rules, empowers students to avoid doing it and respond appropriatly if they witness it. 


Middle School

5th Grade
Transition into Middle School
Growth Mindset- Students learned the importance of never giving up and believing in themselves even when faced with adversity. 
Listening with Attention- Students focused on being able to actively listen in class and with their peers. Listening with attention is a skill necessary for effective communication and academic success.
Study Skills- Students explored  effective study habits, time management and organizational skills. Be sure to check out my useful links tabs for study skills strategies. 
Bullying- Identifying different types of bullying helps students recognize and report the mistreatment of themselves and others. Studenrs can learn to empathize with those being bullied or cope with it if it happens to them. They also learn what bystanders can do to discourage bullying and support peers who are targets. Learning to identify different types of bullying help students mistreat others.

6th Grade
Growth Mindset- Students learned the importance of never giving up and believing in themselves even when faced with adversity. 
Friends and Allies- Students identified ways to make friends and join groups.
 Working in Groups-Students identified skills that contribute to successful group work and apply communication skills.
Considering Perspectives- Students learned that people's perspectives are based on their feelings, experiences, and needs or wants. Students  explored the value in being able to consider another's perspective.
Disagreeing Respectfully- Being able to communicate constructively with people whose perspectives differ from their own helps students strengthen relationships and avoid conflict. In this lesson, students practice disagreeing respectfully.
Bullying- Identifying different types of bullying helps students recognize and report the mistreatment of themselves and others. Studenrs can learn to empathize with those being bullied or cope with it if it happens to them. They also learn what bystanders can do to discourage bullying and support peers who are targets. Learning to identify different types of bullying help students mistreat others.
Cyber bullying- Students need to be aware that  electronic harassment is a form of bullying, understand that it is wrong , and respond to it if they witness it. Bullying through the means of technology may make it possible for large numbers of students to participate and increase the suffering of the targeted student. The anonymity of cyber bullying can encourage this form of bullying to take place. Students need to be aware that Cyber bullying is serious and could potentially have legal implications.

7th Grade
Growth Mindset-Students learned the importance of never giving up and believing in themselves even when faced with adversity. 
Working in Groups- Students identified skills that contribute to successful group work and apply communication skills.
Considering Perspectives- Students learned that people's perspectives are based on their feelings, experiences, and needs or wants. Students  explored the value in being able to consider another's perspective.
Disagreeing Respectfully- Being able to communicate constructively with people whose perspectives differ from their own helps students strengthen relationships and avoid conflict. In this lesson, students practice disagreeing respectfully.
Bullying- Identifying different types of bullying helps students recognize and report the mistreatment of themselves and others. Studenrs can learn to empathize with those being bullied or cope with it if it happens to them. They also learn what bystanders can do to discourage bullying and support peers who are targets. Learning to identify different types of bullying help students mistreat others.
Cyber bullying- Students need to be aware that  electronic harassment is a form of bullying, understand that it is wrong , and respond to it if they witness it. Bullying through the means of technology may make it possible for large numbers of students to participate and increase the suffering of the targeted student. The anonymity of cyber bullying can encourage this form of bullying to take place. Students need to be aware that Cyber bullying is serious and could potentially have legal implications.

8th Grade
Growth Mindset-Students learned the importance of never giving up and believing in themselves even when faced with adversity.
Working in Groups- Students identified skills that contribute to successful group work and apply communication skills.
Considering Perspectives- Students learned that people's perspectives are based on their feelings, experiences, and needs or wants. Students  explored the value in being able to consider another's perspective.
Empathy and Communication:Handeling a Grievance- In this lesson, students practice listening and respectfully communicating different perspectives.
Bullying- Identifying different types of bullying helps students recognize and report the mistreatment of themselves and others. Studenrs can learn to empathize with those being bullied or cope with it if it happens to them. They also learn what bystanders can do to discourage bullying and support peers who are targets. Learning to identify different types of bullying help students mistreat others.
Cyber bullying- Students need to be aware that  electronic harassment is a form of bullying, understand that it is wrong , and respond to it if they witness it. Bullying through the means of technology may make it possible for large numbers of students to participate and increase the suffering of the targeted student. The anonymity of cyber bullying can encourage this form of bullying to take place. Students need to be aware that Cyber bullying is serious and could potentially have legal implications.