Support to help you grow
The school counselors strive to develop the whole student on her journey through Seisen. Our goal is to help students focus on academic, personal/social, and school/community development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. Working together as a team with the school nurse and the learning support facilitator, the counselors provide caring concern and practical support so that students can grow and thrive.
- Learning how to learn
- Gaining confidence in their abilities
- Recognizing one's learning style
- Developing time management skills
- Communicating with teachers
- Revising and taking tests
- Forming meaningful friendships.
- Being empathetic and showing respect
- Resolving interpersonal conflicts
- Understanding group & family dynamics
- Recognizing and preventing bullying
- Becoming safe and responsible users of technology
- Self-esteem building
- Effectively managing stress
- Developing positive coping strategies
SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
- Recognizing a community/world issue of personal importance
- Contributing in some way to an important cause
- Helping others in need
- Joining others in making a change for the better
- Taking on a leadership role
Areas for growth:
This post presents some work done by 1st and 2nd Grade girls within the PYP framework. It also highlights why adequate sleep is so very important to our overall well-being.
ES teachers have continued to tackle how to help our students develop a "growth mindset" which has been linked to greater academic achievement.
Fitting with their current Unit of Inquiry, Relationships, our grade 1 students are learning about many different strategies to help solve problems with their classmates and friends using the Wheel of Choice.
Talking through the “what if”s is validating because you are creating space to listen. Using reflective listening, you are able to convey empathy. Another reason this strategy is effective is because it allows the person to think about the tools she or he already possesses and how she/he can use those tools to get through whatever they are fearing.
As I was cycling around my neighborhood yesterday, I noticed two of the sakura trees had bloomed. So of course I stopped, got off my bike, and snapped a picture. And it was a great reminder of how even when the world feels like it is in chaos, we can still count on nature to reassure us
There is a famous line in Francis Ford Coppolla's, 1972 Academy Award winning film "The Godfather", that says, "We go the mattresses". This line was made famous again in Nora Ephron's 1998 romantic comedy, "You've Got Mail". Essentially, "go to the mattresses" is an expression that means to prepare for battle.