Monthly Social Emotional Themes

Each month the Barrett community highlights a social-emotional theme to strengthen our community.

March Counseling Lessons

SEL in the classroom in March focuses on problem solving. With our younger students we focus on determining the size of the problem and then matching your reaction to the problem size. Students are taught “a bug and a wish” where you start by saying “It bugs me when you…” and finish by saying “I wish you would…” This helps younger students to learn to say the problem instead of name calling. With our older students we use the problem solving steps shown below and we emphasize that you need to be calm in order to use these steps, so before you say the problem you may need to take a few deep breaths or walk away to calm down before coming back to talk it out. See below for Kindergarten – 2nd grade picture books that speak to the topic of problem solving.  See below for some books for older students that speak to the topic of problem solving. Book recommendations from Second Step.

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