The boy who cried wolf

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This is such an age-old story but definitely one of my favourites. I have heard this story so many times as a child. This is a perfect story that talks about being honest and not troubling/fooling innocent people around us.

One of the teacher’s, told me about a student in her class who recently started lying. So I thought of taking this as a counselling lesson plan and explaining about consequences of lying and not being honest with others. This lesson plan was targeted for grade 1 –age 5-6 yrs and the duration was 40 mins.

I started with showing the video of “The boy who cried wolf”. I showed the video twice to help them better understand the meaning of the animated story.the boy who cried wolf

We discussed about the moral of the story in English as well as Hindi. The consequences of being dishonest were also discussed. Children were sharing their experiences of the times when they had lied.

Activity included providing them with picture sheets, which they coloured and were later displayed on the board. boy and wolf.

We made a beautiful bulletin board for the class on “The boy who cried wolf.”

The effect of this activity:  If a lying incident occurs in class, the teacher refers to this story (on the bulletin board) and the children correct themselves as they now know the consequences of lying.

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Mansee Gupte-Chatterjee

Responsibility Key

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This lesson plan was designed for grade 3 and it was conducted for 40 mins. The aim of this lesson plan includes helping child learn about responsibility, and ways in which they can show their responsibility at school and in their classroom.

The sessions started with interaction on what do the class understand from the term “responsibility?”. Then I showed them a story “Rosa the rabbit takes responsibility” which can be found here. Later, we discussed about the moral of the story and interacted on the topic-“Ways of showing responsibility in classroom/ school”.video

To check their understanding, the class was asked few responsibility situations which is attached resp.

I divided the class and provided a chart paper. One group made key cut outs, while other group made the responsibility lock. Each child wrote on the key cut out– “ways of showing responsibility in classroom”.

Here are few pictures of the activity and bulletin board made by students.

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i am responsible chart

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Mansee Gupte-Chatterjee

Right ya Wrong

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This lesson plan was designed to help children differentiate acceptable behaviour from unacceptable behaviour and make changes in their respective behaviours. This plan was designed for grade 2 and was conducted for 60 mins. The homeroom teacher had reported, about certain difficulties in the classroom setting among the children. They were indulging in lot of unacceptable behaviours like teasing, hitting, pushing etc which created difficulties in classroom management.

The session started by praising the positive qualities of children in the classroom. A ppt made by me, based on a story of two children Nancy and John in supermarket with their father was shown to the class. Everyone enjoyed the story and they learned few new words like – aisle, pout etc. Lot of interaction about the story was encouraged. RIGHT ya WRONG

The questions focused for the story are displayed in the PPT. Children gave responses and were easily able to differentiate between acceptable and unacceptable behaviours of story characters-John and Nancy. They used their problem solving skills and gave suggestion as how the father could have handled the situations and dealt with Nancy and John. Few children shared their behaviour in the supermarket when they are with their parents.

After the interaction, the class had a clear understanding of the term acceptable and unacceptable. With collaboration, we again listed “acceptable and unacceptable behaviours in the classroom”. Children gave fabulous responses and had insight into right and wrong behaviours in the classroom. Few of the acceptable responses included:-“complete your pending work, help everyone, be responsible, complete your task on time, respect everyone, greet everyone, obey teachers etc”
Few of the unacceptable responses included:-“don’t bully, don’t lie-shout-tease or hit anyone, no back answering or hurting anyone, avoid spoiling others work or losing their things etc.”

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wrong (Unacceptable ) responses

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The activity planned for this guidance class, included expressing their responses in the form of tick mark and cross. Hence, chart paper was provided in these shapes and all acceptable behaviours were written in and all unacceptable behaviours were written in by each child as per the responses provided by them.

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Mansee Gupte-Chatterjee

Busy BEEEEEE………..

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I am writing post on my blog after a really long time as i have turned in to “Busy BEEEEEEEE”…… Currently, I am busy applying for jobs. Yes that’s right. It’s not that I am not happy in my job…I love my job….absolutely enjoy my job profile as a PYP School Counsellor.

I am currently looking for a job in an international school in UK as my husband has relocated and he currently lives in UK. I personally find, the job application process little lengthy as it includes filling application form, covering letter, sending CV, writing teaching philosophy etc..phew… But due to a detailed process, they select the best person for job as they give lot of importance to children safety and protection which is so important and should be applied in India as well.

I am looking to get selected soon, for a really good job profile in a good international school and start my work from the academic year sep 2013. Hence, busy in application process and little ignorant towards my blog.

I have been doing fabulous things in my school with the children. I shall upload the lesson plans soon..

Please write to me if you would like to share some information, guide me or help me in my job application process.

 

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Mansee Gupte-Chatterjee

 

My Feeling Bag….

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Here is the counselling lesson plan for “My Feelings Bag

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Title of Lesson: My Feeling Bag

Lesson Topic: Feelings

Target Grade: 2

Duration:  60 mins

Objective: To learn to identify feelings and to recognize that feelings can be expressed as well as hidden. This is in relation to their current unit.

Materials: paper bag, crayons or sketchpens and different/same colour small strips of paper.

Activity Outline:

  1. Brainstorm the feelings words and jot down on the board.
  2. Make paper bags (by children) and have strips of papers ready.
  3. Explain the concept of “expressing feelings and hiding feelings” using paper bag as a metaphor to describe one’s own body.
  4. Ask Children to decorate their paper bag in a colourful way.
  5. Form two groups and provide them with rough sheet. One group will write “the feelings that they can express” and other group will write “the feelings they generally hide”. Share responses and discuss with relevant examples.
  6. Then individually provide them their paper bag. Ask children to write the feeling words they generally express, on the outside of the bag.
  7. Strips of paper are used to write the feeling words which they generally hide. One feeling word will be written on one strip of paper, then they have to put these strips inside the bag to show hidden feelings.
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Questions focused:

  • Do you have more feelings that you keep to yourself or express to others?
  • What do you think will happen if you kept all feelings to yourself and never expressed to others?
  • Do you usually feel better or worse when you share your feelings with others?
  • Have you ever had a bigger problem when you haven’t expressed your feelings?
  • Do you think it’s better to express your feeling or to hide it?

Children were able to identify and recognize the hidden feelings and the expressive feelings of themselves, their friends and even their family members. This session also proved very useful as it was in co-ordination with their unit-“Expression of Feelings”.

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IMG02221-20130123-1059I generally follow this format for all my classroom counselling sessions. Kindly share your classroom counselling/ Guidance classes format. You could also suggest me how I could improvise my format.

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Mansee Gupte-Chatterjee

Mission Friends

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missionFriendships are a very important part of our lives. We learn the skills of friendship from our childhood. Research proves that strong, genuine friendships can be created in childhood than adulthood.

This classroom counselling session was conducted for grade 4 students. The aim was to help children get involved with each other and be friendlier.

I came up with the name “Mission Friends” because I had conducted this session just a month after the school had started. At that time, new students were still little hesitant to mix up with other classmates as old students had strong groups. “Mission Friends” would help the new and old students to get along with each other and help them know more about their classmates likes and dislikes. This activity was conducted for 45 mins.

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Activity Outline:

  1. Discussion about what is friendship and what friendship means to the class.
  2. Sheet of “Mission Friends” was flashed on the board and groups of 2 or 3 children were formed.
  3. Grouped children tried to know about each other with the help of the sheet as guideline. Time limit provided for discussion was 5-7 mins
  4. Introduction about their group members in the form of verbal presentation.

These presentations were interesting as children had to introduce and talk about their partner’s (group members) likes/ dislikes from the provided list. This activity had a positive outcome as they could find many similar things among themselves which helped them to reduce their barrier and establish friendship.

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Mansee Gupte-Chatterjee

School Counselling Linking Party 2013

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linky2“Linky Party” is a very new concept to me and I am glad to participate in such an event. This is the specialty of the web world that I can participate from India and we all can be easily connected and have clear communication. Thanks Marissa for providing such a partying opportunity.

Well, I am a newbie in the blogging world, just started in November 2012. I have written very few posts and shall continue writing more this year.

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I think my “Best Blog Feature” will be “Program” where I will include various School Wide Counselling Programs conducted for the entire PYP. You can read more about the programs here. https://manseegupte.wordpress.com/pyp-programs/

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I like my post on “Special Day”. It was indeed a “Special Day” at school as the entire PYP was celebrating and thinking about their “Special” qualities. I also like this post because I have supported it with many pictures. https://manseegupte.wordpress.com/pyp-programs/101-2/

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As I have just started, I still have not received any feedback for the post clamming “Most Popular Blog Post”. Maybe I can answer that in next “Linky Party”.

But I also like my blog about “Friendly Fuschia” as it was a fun session with prep 2 class and the session was really effective and it reduced their teasing behaviour and helped them have a better rapport with their classmates. i am sure you all will like this blog. https://manseegupte.wordpress.com/2013/01/06/friendly-fuschia/

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These blogs have actually inspired me to start blogging. Thanks for all the resources provided on these blogs.

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