Questions to Ask Teachers Before Starting Group

The more information I have about students before group, the better! Teachers are an invaluable source of information because they see and interact with the student day in and day out. There are 5 questions that I always ask teachers before starting group counseling to help myself prepare and plan ahead! Find my group counseling planning questions for teachers below:

Working on group counseling planning? These are 5 questions that I always ask teachers before planning for group counseling.

Group Counseling Planning: 5 Questions to Ask Teachers

1. What is the Student Struggling with Right Now?

I want to hear a narrative description of the teacher’s concerns about what the teacher has observed in the classroom. It’s helpful to hear what the student is struggling with and how it impacts the student in and out of the classroom, especially during unstructured times like recess.

2. What Strategies Have You Tried in the Classroom Already?

This question is so helpful for understanding the duration and what has and hasn’t worked in the classroom. It also offers insight into the strategies the teacher has or may need for helping to support the student in the classroom.

3. What Are the Student’s Strengths?

I want to know what the student is struggling with, but I also want to know what they do really well! This helps me incorporate their strengths into the group so that they can feel successful.

4. What is the Student Motivated By?

Understanding student motivations can help with planning as well! If students are motivated by adult attention, 1:1 conversations before or after group can help. If the student is motivated by peer attention, giving them a special leadership role or job within the group can be helpful too.

5. When Could I Regularly Pull the Student for Intervention?

This question obviously helps with planning, but it also helps to remind teachers that group counseling intervention is a regular, repeated over time intervention and not a one-time thing. I also want to keep group times consistent, so using the word “regularly” prevents a list of scattered, random times in different weeks from being offered.

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Working on group counseling planning? These are 5 questions that I always ask teachers before planning for group counseling.
Working on group counseling planning? These are 5 questions that I always ask teachers before planning for group counseling.

Get a plan for every step of the group counseling planning, delivery, and evaluation process in Group Counseling Game Plan! Find more information here:

Working on group counseling planning? These are 5 questions that I always ask teachers before planning for group counseling. Small group counseling is a big part of school counselor planning, and these questions will help you get a plan for group counseling lesson plans and group counseling activities. -Counselor Keri

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