Elementary School Students’ Developmental Needs
The elementary years are a time when students begin to develop their academic self-concept and their feelings of competence and confidence as learners. They are beginning to develop decision-making, communication and life skills, as well as character values. It is also a time when students develop and acquire attitudes toward school, self, peers, social groups and family. Comprehensive developmental school counseling programs provide education, prevention and intervention services, which are integrated into all aspects of children’s lives. Early identification and intervention of children’s academic and personal/social needs is essential in removing barriers to learning and in promoting academic achievement. The knowledge, attitudes and skills that students acquire in the areas of academic, career and personal/social development during these elementary years serve as the foundation for future success.
Source: American School Counselor Association, "Why Elementary Counselors?”
What topics do elementary school counselors cover?
Elementary Counselors are trained to help with a variety of issues including:
How we help:
Classroom guidance – Midtown elementary guidance is currently in the encore rotation and sees all K-2 classrooms once per week. Grades 3-5 are seen are seen 1-2 times during each nine week grading period. During classroom guidance we cover a wide variety of topics designed to help your student succeed at school, home, and in the community.
Small Groups – Small groups are provided throughout the school year and topics are determined by student, teacher, and parent input as well as school climate data. These groups contain 5-10 students and are held once a week during the school day for a duration of 6-8 weeks. If your child is asked to participate in one of these groups, a permission slip will be sent home with them and must be returned to the school.
Individual counseling - Individual counseling is available to all students on a short term basis and is structured to the needs of your student.
Consultation – The school counselor may consult with teachers, administration, parents, student support, and community agencies in order to collaborate and help our students succeed!
Counselors are also excellent at connecting families with community resources. If you are in need of information or services, please contact Heather Metcalf at 865.882.1228 ext. 1865.