Each month I go into the classrooms to help students gain knowledge that will help them to be successful academically and socially. Students will be exposed to lessons that encourage building positive character traits, developing personal and academic goals, and learning basic coping skills. Below are some of the various lessons that are being used in the elementary guidance curriculum.

American School Counseling Association National Standards for Students

This link provides a detailed description of the competencies that students should be able to demonstrate through a comprehensive school counseling program. Guidance lessons at South Lewis are designed to meet as many of these standards as possible.


The Six Pillars of Character!

(Taken directly from: http://charactercounts.org/sixpillars.html)

South Lewis Central School has adopted a new program called Character Counts as our new Character Education curriculum. At the elementary level, classroom guidance will focus specifically on the six character traits outlined by the program. Students will be engaged in a variety of interactive and thought-provoking activities through-out the school year in hopes that building strong character continues to be an important theme in our schools and communities.


Be honest • Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal • Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do • Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputation • Be loyal — stand by your family, friends, and country


Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant and accepting of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements


Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Persevere: keep on trying! • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act — consider the consequences • Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes • Set a good example for others


Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded; listen to others • Don’t take advantage of others • Don’t blame others carelessly • Treat all people fairly


Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need


Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in community affairs • Stay informed; vote • Be a good neighbor • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment • Volunteer

Classroom Guidance Curriculum

Attached below is a link to a Microsoft Word document that will give you a peek into what I am working on with students in the classroom this year. Each month has a character theme associated with the lessons. Sub-themes are also listed, as many months include a social skills or career-related lesson as well.

The Nine Winning Practices

(From ReBrilliance- http://www.rebrilliance.com/

PRACTICE the things that will make me win! (NOT the things that will make me lose)
Be responsible for myself. Blame others.
Be a goal setter. Do not have goals.
Set priorities. Only do what is fun.
Work hard. Be a champion quitter.
Be thankful. Think like a victim.
Encourage others. Put others down.
Be coachable. Don't ask for advice.
Be a team player. Be a one-person team.
Think, dream, plan. Never try to improve myself.