Three Tier Approach
In order to most effectively reach ALL students I follow a 3-tiered approach, similar to our Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) framework.
Tier 1: Lessons - every student!
Every month, I spend 30 minutes teaching a lesson in every classroom, grades K-2. These lessons are developmental in nature and lesson topics are determined based on student need as well as teacher feedback. Classroom lessons generally focus on improving students’ social and coping skills both inside and outside of the classroom.
Tier 2: Groups - some students!
Some students may need more individualized or topical attention in areas such as emotional regulation, self-esteem, managing anxiety, etc. These students are recommended for my lunch groups. Groups are usually held over the students' lunch period and meet 6 times for 20-30 minutes each. They focus on an area of need or growth to give some students more saturated information while also increasing social interaction. I try to make learning about feelings and social skills fun and interactive for the students! Most students love being in these groups!
Tier 3: Individual Counseling - a few students!
Throughout the year, students may meet with me one on one. I encourage students to see me if they have a problem that they are having trouble solving and we work on a solution together. Many students may also have backgrounds or current situations that require more attention. These students may meet with me anywhere from one to four times a month to discuss any problems they might be facing, either at school or at home. In these sessions, students might draw pictures, play games, write on my white board, or just talk.