Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Small Steps Change Lives: School Psychology Awareness

As parents and educators, we share the goal to help our children thrive in school, at home, and in life. Working together, we can promote how taking small steps can build greater successes and develop the academic and social-emotional skills students need to promote personal achievement, growth, and resilience, as well as a sense of belonging and well-being.

Goodrich’s School Psychologist is Ms. Danielle Romano. To learn more about what Ms. Romano does at our school, some classrooms at Goodrich School volunteered to participate in an activity for National School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW). Students worked in partners and rotated through stations, using the QR reader on the iPad. Each QR code led the students to a page that described one aspect of a school psychologist’s job and directions for an activity for the partners to complete.


At one station, the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students practiced their problem-solving skills and did a “rally robin” with partners to brainstorm solutions to “Sticky Situations” they might face, such as bullies. At this station, our 1st grade students practiced identifying different feelings their partners were acting out.

At another station, students drew or wrote a small step they take (going along with the SPAW theme of Small Steps Change Lives) to help make Goodrich a positive and safe place to be. Everyone learned something new today about a school psychologist’s job!

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