Over the past two weeks, I have been meeting with students to evaluate their knowledge of the content we covered this year (the August through April lessons). I finally finished today, and have lots and lots of data. I’ll share some of the highlights here:

*83% of students knew my name was either “Miss Harris” or “Mrs. Harris”

*34% of students were able to identify my role as “school counselor” and 45% of students weren’t able to identify “school counselor”, but did identify my role as one who “helps”; thus 79% of students knew I was either a “school counselor” or a “helper”

*83% of students correctly identified my job responsibilities within our school (responses included: help kids, teach about bullying, help others be kind, help people with their problems, talk with kids about what happened.)

*88% of students knew bullying is something that happens more than one time

*88% of students were able to identify what they would do if someone was bullying them (report it to a trusted adult)

Those were the questions I asked to each grade level. I will continue to share data pertaining to each specific grade level in the future. I loved asking these questions, and plan to do something similar first semester next year as it gave me a chance to speak with students individually who I might not get the chance to otherwise. I will also be sharing some of this data with our district as an example of students clearly understanding what bullying is and what they should do if confronted with bullying.


Middle School, Here We Come!

I was lucky enough to get to go to Park Middle School with the 5th graders yesterday. We were able to meet the assistant principal, several sixth grade students, take a tour, meet a school counselor, and eat lunch. I had already met with three of the four fifth grade classes before we went, so I was happy to see that much of the information shared was the same as the information we had already discussed in class. Hopefully, it made the visit and information less overwhelming.

If your student is not attending Park, I would encourage you to reach out to the school counselor at their middle school and see if you can arrange a visit sometime before school starts. It generally helps alleviate anxiety if they are able to actually walk the halls. I would also encourage ALL students to attend the Open House night. This is when they will get their schedule, find out where their locker is, meet their teachers, and find all of their classrooms. It is great practice for the first day.

I have now met with all fifth grade homeroom classes. I will follow up next week with continued combination lock practice!

If you are interested, here is the basics from our May fifth grade lesson!

May – 5th Grade Lesson Tips for Success (Lockers, Homework, & Schedules)