What do elementary school counselors do?
- Teach classroom guidance lessons
- Facilitate short-term small group counseling
- Provide immediate and short-term individual counseling
- Work collaboratively with teachers and staff
- Consult with parents
- Provide information and/or referrals for community resources to families
Why do we need elementary school counselors?
A deliberate and comprehensive approach to teaching children social and emotional skills can raise their grades and test scores, increase enthusiasm for learning, reduce behavior problems, and enhance cognitive functioning.
Students who receive social skills instruction do better academically and socially but the reverse is not true (academic instruction does not increase social/emotional skills).
There is a strong connection between emotions and learning. Students who can recognize and manage strong emotions are better learners.
Students who attend schools with a comprehensive guidance program do significantly better on standardized tests than students who attend schools without a comprehensive guidance program. The longer the students are in schools with comprehensive guidance programs, the more they outperform their peers on standardized tests.
Prosocial behaviors exhibited by students in the classroom were found to be better predictors of academic achievement than were their standardized test scores.
Elementary School Counselors help children...
Understand the self and develop a positive self-image
Show respect for the feelings of others
Understand the decision-making process
Maintain effective relationships with peers and adults
Gain an understanding of the world of work
Develop effective study skills
Be prepared to make the transition to middle school