Elementary School Counseling: A Commitment to Caring and Community Building

Elementary School Counseling: A Commitment to Caring and Community Building

Elementary School Counseling: A Commitment to Caring and Community Building

Elementary School Counseling: A Commitment to Caring and Community Building

Synopsis

This is a resource guide for elementary school counselors. It expands on five developmental dimensions: physical, social, self-conceptual, cognitive, & career-orientated. There are 89 activities for classroom use & advice on how to get the best from existing elementary school counseling programmes.

Excerpt

Elementary School Counseling: A Commitment to Caring and Community Building is a practical and educationally relevant guide for helping elementary school counselors rethink their professional roles and the mission of elementary school counseling programs. We believe that elementary school counseling programs and the counselors who provide leadership are in the people-building business. They are in the business of helping children to acquire the attitudes, knowledge, and skills needed to become caring human beings and builders of caring communities.

Throughout this book, we advocate on behalf of counselors, teachers, administrators, and community supporters, working together to develop elementary school counseling programs that will work in partnership with school academic-instructional programs in providing children with a balanced education. A significant quality of a balanced education is its focus on academic instruction and people-building and the creation of a caring school community that supports a climate for learning and a commitment to developing human potential. We believe that elementary school counseling programs have a significant role to play in supporting just and caring schools and in developing caring children who do better in school and in life because they are taught how to learn, live, and work in support of themselves, others, and their communities.

A balanced education is one that meets society's needs for developing caring and responsible community members while meeting children's developmental and individual needs in helping them to become caring human beings and capable self-managers. A balanced education bridges the gap between academic instruction (reading,

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