Helping Teachers Reinforce Counseling Lessons

No one wants to be a one-hit wonder! Planning meaningful classroom counseling lessons and actually implementing is a huge part of the job, but how can we help teachers reinforce our lessons after we’re gone? Teachers are busy people too, so we want to make it as easy as possible for them to keep using our counseling language, encourage students to keep trying the skills, and generally keep our content in the classroom. Whether your lessons are monthly, weekly, or somewhere in between, try these strategies to help teachers reinforce your counseling lessons in the time between your visits.

Help teachers reinforce counseling lessons in the classroom after your lesson is over! Check out these 4 tips for keeping your content in the classroom.

4 Ways to Help Teachers Reinforce Counseling Lessons

1 – One-Pager

Whether your teachers are in the classroom for your lesson or not, a 1-pager is a helpful resource to leave behind! Give your teachers a quick refresher of the lesson, the language you used, some quick tips for reminding students and reinforcing the skills. A couple of discussion prompts are handy to include too.

Help teachers reinforce counseling lessons in the classroom after your lesson is over! Check out these 4 tips for keeping your content in the classroom.

2 – Skill Reinforcement Printable

If you’re teaching students a skill like using I statements or independent problem solving (some skill that teachers can actually witness and recognize in and around the classroom), give your teachers a goal sheet to track whole-class progress! I like to give teachers a color by number picture and each time they recognize a student demonstrating the skill I taught, they let students color in one space on the picture. When the whole picture is complete, we do a whole class reward like a 10-minute dance party or a group game the students love. It’s an easy way to get students excited about trying the skill and help teachers keep track of it.

In the example below, the lesson was on expressing our emotions in positive ways. Each time the teacher hears a student share their feelings, they get to color in a space on the board!

Help teachers reinforce counseling lessons in the classroom after your lesson is over! Check out these 4 tips for keeping your content in the classroom.

3 – Book List

Compile a list of books on the topic you taught to give your teachers along with a couple of discussion questions. They may be looking for a book to use for read-aloud time and this is an easy way to weave your topics in after you’re gone.

See some of my favorite counseling books by topic here.

4 – Be a Center

Return to the classroom at some point when your teacher is doing centers and be a center yourself! Bring an extension activity on your topic for extra reinforcement with small groups of students. As students rotate through their classroom centers, they can spend a short amount of time with you to refresh and practice what you’ve previously taught. No time to be a center? Give your teacher a center for students to use!

See all of the centers I use here.

How do you help teachers reinforce counseling lessons?

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Help teachers reinforce counseling lessons in the classroom after your lesson is over! Check out these 4 tips for keeping your content in the classroom. Doing elementary school counseling classroom guidance lessons or classroom counseling lessons? Help your teachers keep using your counseling lessons even after you're gone! -Counselor Keri

3 thoughts on “Helping Teachers Reinforce Counseling Lessons

  1. I make what I call an Anchor Chart to leave with the teacher. A short summary of the lesson and then the skills that are the focus of the lesson. I try to keep it as short and simple as possible.

  2. Love these ideas! Definitely something I’m going to start right off the bat to begin next year, especially with my upper grades that come to me and the teacher isn’t in the room. I’d like to pilot it until the end the year to get some staff feedback, do you have any editable templates for the 1-pager or reinforcement page?

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