How to Get Students to Actually Like Classroom Guidance

I recently did a Q&A on Instagram, and a question that came up was about how to get students to actually like classroom guidance lessons. Maybe you’ve been wondering this too – how can I make fun classroom guidance activities? Perhaps your school has never had a counselor or classroom lessons in the past haven’t been the most engaging. Whatever the case may be, try these 5 tips for getting students to love your classroom counseling time together!

Wondering how to get kids to actually like classroom counseling lessons? Try these 5 tried and true tips for making fun classroom guidance activities!

5 Tips for Fun Classroom Guidance Lesson Activities

1. Tap Into Interests

Tap into your students’ interests and theme your lessons around these. Students love the local sports team? Make a sports-themed lesson. Students into a certain video game? Find a way to integrate their interests into your classroom lessons. Some ideas to tap into:

  • current movies/TV shows
  • popular games
  • popular books
  • current events (think of big sporting events students might be interested in!)
  • popular songs
Wondering how to get kids to actually like classroom counseling lessons? Try these 5 tried and true tips for making fun classroom guidance activities!

I do dinosaur-themed lessons with Kindergarteners because Kinders seem to just love dinosaurs. In each lesson, there’s a story about a dinosaur friend who teaches or learns about a counseling skill. The students are always excited to see what new dinosaur friend they’ll meet in the lesson and I have instant buy-in!

2. Keep Them Moving

It may seem like a no-brainer, but research tells us that kids are more interested in school topics when they get to move! You can easily turn lots of movement-based games into counseling games. Easy games to use in counseling:

  • musical chairs: the person who stops in a certain seat responds to a prompt
  • relays: team relays to sort big deal/little deal cards
  • ring toss: toss a ring on a cone marked with a certain emotion and share about a time when you felt that way
  • freeze tag: when you’re tagged, freeze and do a certain yoga pose until you’re tagged back in
  • balloon volleyball: each time you tap the volleyball, call out a career in a certain cluster

Read more on Confident Counselors about how you can integrate movement into your school counseling lessons.

It may seem like a no-brainer, but research tells us that kids are more interested in school topics when they get to move! Click to Tweet

3. Hands-on Activities

What’s that old saying about idle hands? Let your students explore your topics with their hands! Kids love to use clip task cards, do themed puzzles, and make meaningful, purposeful crafts. Hands-on activities that your students will love:

Wondering how to get kids to actually like classroom counseling lessons? Try these 5 tried and true tips for making fun classroom guidance activities!

4. Social Component

Kids want to talk to their peers! Add some sort of social, small group component so they can practice skills with their peers. They can use task card or conversation starter card decks to have small group discussions or make skits!

Wondering how to get kids to actually like classroom counseling lessons? Try these 5 tried and true tips for making fun classroom guidance activities!

5. Minimal Worksheets

Let’s face it: worksheets aren’t fun. Look for ways to let kids practice the skills you’re teaching that mimic real-life situations. Teaching about resolving conflicts? Do a skit. Teaching about feelings? Make a hands-on feelings scale. Teaching about problem-solving? Make a solution spinner!

Wondering how to get kids to actually like classroom counseling lessons? Try these 5 tried and true tips for making fun classroom guidance activities! These are great for making engaging elementary school counseling classroom guidance lesson activities or middle school counseling lessons! - Counselor Keri

Final Thoughts

We all want to have fun classroom guidance activities, but remember to make it purposeful and data-driven! Look at what your students need and form fun activities around those needs. If you need a school counseling needs assessment, click here to download mine for free.

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Wondering how to get kids to actually like classroom counseling lessons? Try these 5 tried and true tips for making fun classroom guidance activities! These are great for making engaging elementary school counseling classroom guidance lesson activities or middle school counseling lessons! - Counselor Keri
Wondering how to get kids to actually like classroom counseling lessons? Try these 5 tried and true tips for making fun classroom guidance activities! These are great for making engaging elementary school counseling classroom guidance lesson activities or middle school counseling lessons! - Counselor Keri

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