Cook's Counseling Corner
Information about the guidance program at MES
January 19 - 22
Monday - Hellums, Johnson, Steed (TBD - emails will be sent to schedule class)
Tuesday - Yancey, Callaway
Wednesday - Hartselle, Mobley, Marsh, Skipper
Thursday -- Cotton, DesRochers, Stegherr, Wilson (PST Meetings)
Friday -- Tuttle, Phillips, Learning Academy
*In the event of snow days/delays, I will do the best I can. I hope you know your students mean a lot to me, and guidance lessons are very important to me. I know last year was crazy with missed days. Hopefully we can avoid too many missed days and enjoy those weather days in the spring!
Info for Class - January 19-22
Second and Third grade students will learn about the importance of listening. We will model good listening and bad listening. Students will then be given checklists and paired off. Each student will be asked to assess their parter and monitor what kind of listening skills they have.
Fourth and Fifth grade students will have an academic focus and discuss the feelings associated with taking tests. Students will be divided into groups and be given Dear Counselor letters. (similar to Dear Abby). The students must determine what feelings the student is going through and offer some helpful, timely advice. We will wrap up the lesson with relaxation techniques to help them when taking a test.
Great Kindness Challenge 2016 - January 25-29
Please be patient with me as I grow my program. This year the Great Kindness Challenge may be simple, but as I get more comfortable with this position I promise to expand this into something great! I have big plans for Great Kindness Challenge 2017!!!
January -- Generous
Generosity can be described as freely sharing what you have with others. It can be an item, help with something, or even time. To be generous means giving something that is valuable to you without the expectation of a reward or return. It can be difficult to be generous; it is in our nature to keep good things for ourselves. However, I encourage all of our students to practice this character trait. Luckily they attend a school where the staff are masters of it.
If you already have your January student in mind for this trait, you may go ahead and submit their name!
Here are the remaining Character Traits:
January - Generous
February - Tolerance
March - Fair
April - Honest
May - Cooperative
Cook's Counseling Crew
As always, if it's an emergency email is usually the best way to get in touch with me because I ALMOST always have my phone on me. You can always text me as well (256-542-8798).
Staff Spotlight: Anna Kelley
Personality Quiz for the Next Collaboration Day
A Glimpse of January 11-15
I discovered how much these sixth graders LOVE working in groups.
Seriously... the long neck doesn't even bother me... Or the "I Love School" shirt. I do love that crown I'm wearing though.
The Dear Abby type lesson was so much fun! They loved sharing their responses.
The kids are loving Gary. I do read all the responses (just in case some important notes make it to Gary first).
I learned that group work goes easier if everyone has a job. I included time manager, supplies manager, reader, writer, and supervisor... Can you guys who wanted to be supervisor in this picture.
My Counseling Crew put these in the girls' bathrooms. Hopefully our young ladies realize how special they are!
Encouragement for the Day!
I love hardworking kids!