Academic journal article Professional School Counseling

The Passport Program: A Journey through Emotional, Social, Cognitive, and Self-Development

Academic journal article Professional School Counseling

The Passport Program: A Journey through Emotional, Social, Cognitive, and Self-Development

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The Passport Program: A Journey Through Emotional, Social, Cognitive, and Self Development by Ann Vernon; Research Press; 1998. Available in three volumes: Grades 1-5; Grades 6-8; and Grades 9-12.

As a school counselor, I have been impressed with Ann Vernon's The Passport Program and its ability to address student needs. I used the following exercise in a fifth grade, whole-group guidance class, and it was very well received.

"Where Do Feelings Come From?" (Grades 6--8, pp. 11-113) is an exercise that can be used to help students learn about their feelings and how they can change their feelings by changing their thoughts.

I began the activity by writing the feeling words nervous, proud, excited, angry, jealous, and disappointed on heavy tagboard. Displaying each word one at a time, I had the children first explain the meaning of the feeling. Then they provided examples of when those feelings might arise. After this part of the activity was complete, each tagboard was secured to the blackboard around the room.

In the next portion of the activity, four students volunteered to react to common situations that might happen to fifth-graders. Each situation such as "You are invited to a party and your mother ways you can't go" was read aloud to the class. The four volunteers then picked the emotion that best described the way they would feel if they had experienced the situation and stood by the appropriate tagboard. …

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