Monday, January 7, 2019

Blog #5

Lessons


Empathy

The theme for January is Empathy. Please view the document below for important information about what empathy is and how it can be used in our daily lives.

LCS School Counseling- EMPATHY

Monday, December 3, 2018

Blog #4

Mentoring Program

It is finally time to provide information on our mentoring program, Empowering Eagles!

It is a school-wide program that will be implemented at BOTH LCS campuses, K-12. As a college prep school we spend a lot of time on academics, which is great, but we have recognized a need to spend more time connecting with our students. Empowering Eagles will be a time to do just that, unplug, put academics to the side, and simply get to know one another better. Empowering Eagles will take place bi-monthly for 20 minutes between staff members and a small group of LCS students. Each group has been paired based on an interest inventory, and grade-level and developmental needs. The Counseling Department will prepare activities and lessons for each mentor to use with their group. The Denver Campus will begin this program on January 4th, 2019 and the Lincolnton Campus has already begun the meetings. You will receive contact from your child’s mentor within the next few weeks to introduce themselves.
Lessons

Mindful Mistakes

The next social emotional topic will be Mindful Mistakes. This lesson will focus on embracing challenges, the value in making mistakes, and the importance of the struggle in learning (not everything is going to come easy!) The Power of Yet will be emphasized and is a great strategy for parents to use too.  When you hear your child say,  “I don’t get this” or “This doesn’t make sense” finish the sentence with “yet.” The word “yet” give us hope and an understanding that not all learning comes easy. Perseverance helps us grow as life-long learners. Additional parent resources on these topics include a book called Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth and Mindset by Carol Dweck.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Blog #3

Mentoring Program

More information on this program is coming soon!
Lessons
Our counseling theme for the month of October is self-care. We want to encourage our students to recognize when they feel stressed/anxious, normalize these feelings and help them learn strategies to cope with these.

Parents/guardians can help to encourage self-care at home as well by reminding students it is okay to feel anxious sometimes and helping them to use their coping skills. As many as 1 in 8 children suffer from anxiety. This can make it hard to concentrate in school, remember things they’ve learned, socialize and even sleep.


Monday, September 17, 2018

Blog #2

Mentoring Program

This year, Lincoln Charter School has decided to implement a school-wide staff/student mentoring program called Empowering Eagles. This program will pair every student with a staff member at our school who has similar interests. Our goal for this mentoring program is to make sure every student at LCS feels as though they have an adult at school they can trust and build a relationship with.


Lessons

Our counseling theme for the month of October is self-care. We want to encourage our students to recognize when they feel stressed/anxious, normalize these feelings and help them learn strategies to cope with these.

Parents/guardians can help to encourage self-care at home as well by reminding students it is okay to feel anxious sometimes and helping them to use their coping skills. As many as 1 in 8 children suffer from anxiety. This can make it hard to concentrate in school, remember things they’ve learned, socialize and even sleep.


Thursday, August 30, 2018

Blog #1

The School Counseling Department now has its own tab on the LCS website! Check out the Counseling Corner under the “About” tab. Community resources, helpful apps and online resources, a book list, and a student counseling referral form can all be found on this site.



New this school year, the LCS School Counseling Department will be providing social emotional guidance for all students grades K-12. Monthly themes will be shared on Charter Charter and the Counseling Center tab on the LCS webpage. The theme for September is the Growth Mindset.
Our goal is to not only educate our students, but our school community on the growth mindset. According to Carol Dweck, the psychologist that developed the growth mindset, “In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment,” On the contrary, a fixed mindset is, “... people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort.”
Our goal is to move our entire school community towards a growth mindset across all domains, not just academics. We will be using the Big Life Journal  and corresponding lessons as a tool for our growth mindset curriculum.