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Role of a Counselor

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

Here is a brief overview of my role here at Hyer:

  • 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.
  •  A comprehensive guidance program creates a safe environment for learning. The longer the students are in schools with comprehensive guidance programs, the more they outperform their peers on standardized tests.
  • Pro-social behaviors exhibited by students in the classroom were found to be better predictors of academic achievement than were their standardized test scores.