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Role of a Counselor

Watch a video about a school counselor's job! 

 

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.