What does an elementary school counselor do?
- Helps students develop a positive attitude toward school and learning
- Helps students develop good relationships with peers, parents, teachers, and siblings
- Helps students improve their communication skills and develop effective decision-making strategies
- Helps students deal with personal concerns, developmental tasks, crises, school related problems, home concerns, health, and physical development
- Helps ease the transitions between school settings
- Plans and implements with teachers a program of activities designed to enhance the personal social/emotional development of elementary students
How does the student see the counselor?
- Self referral
- Teacher referral
- Parent referral
- Administrative referral
- Special services referral
- Referral by friend
Why have small group meetings and classroom guidance?
- To help students develop personal understanding and self-awareness
- To enhance self-confidence and self-esteem
- To encourage students to recognize and make the best use of their capabilities
- To provide opportunities for students to feel successful
- To give students opportunities to talk about educational, personal, and social concerns
- To encourage students to recognize, understand, and work through learning difficulties
- To help students better adjust to school and home environments