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Copy of Reading, Writing, and Personal/Social? Creating Dynamic, Engaging Lessons With Integrated Curriculum

ASCA Annual Conference, July 1, 2013

Beth Mertens

on 24 October 2013

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Transcript of Copy of Reading, Writing, and Personal/Social? Creating Dynamic, Engaging Lessons With Integrated Curriculum

Let's Discuss: What does your School Counseling Core Curriculum look like? What challenges to you face?
What is an integrated curriculum?
How do you create an integrated curriculum?
The Accountability Piece
Real Life Implementation
Resources and References
What is an integrated curriculum?
How do you create an integrated curriculum?
Integrated/Interdisciplinary Studies
" . . .brings together diverse disciplines in a comprehensive manner, enabling students to develop a meaningful understanding of the complex associations and influences within a topic" (Edutopia Staff, 2008).
Integrated Curriculum:
"...materials and pedagogical strategies used by multidisciplinary teams of teachers to organize their instruction so that students are encouraged to make meaningful connections across subject areas." (Clayton, Hagan, Ho, Hudis, 2010, p. 2).
"It's about
Improved student outcomes!
ability to apply their skills
retrieval of important information
depth of knowledge
better-integrated "knowledge base" (Clayton, Hagan, Ho, Hudis, 2010, p.4)
Author Duerr (2008) found that integrated curriculum:
Allows for a greater understanding of the subject material
Can lead to an increase in student participation and engagement
Addresses adolescents’ specific developmental needs
Students' attitudes toward school improve!
There are
benefits for educators
, too!
Builds professional relationships
Offers opportunity for professional growth
Calmer classrooms
Provides an opportunity to meet key standards in an engaging, creative, interesting way
(Clayton, et al., 2010)
What does this mean for counselors?
In addition, integrated curriculum can be an effective way to
implement the specific components of your program
as stated in your

Vision Statement
, and
Mission Statement

According to the ASCA's Professional School Counselor Role Statement (2009) we strive to create a comprehensive counseling program by:
Drake and Burns (2004)identified three different approaches: Multidisciplinary, Interdisciplinary, and Transdisciplinary.
Multidisciplinary starts with a central theme, concept, or discipline
Intradisciplinary Approach
Service Learning
Theme Based Units
Interdisciplinary: Common skills and concepts are taught within different disciplines.
Communication skills
Research Skills
Thinking Skills
Writing Skills
Project Based Learning
Students select the topic and, with teacher input, devise a problem to explore
Students apply what they know to real life situations
Negotiating the Curriculum
Student-created curriculum based on areas of interest
Another good starting point:
The Accountability Piece
How does Data Fit in?
1. Basis of your Unit
2. Used during the unit to monitor progress
3. A final evaluation of the process
Using these connections, plan a unit with activities and assessments that allow you to cover these standards and meet your objectives
Teacher Buy-in and the Time Crunch
~ Collaborating on an integrated unit connects teachers to the process and holds them accountable for the lessons

~ You aren't "just" helping the students-you are helping teachers by reviewing and reinforcing the academic standards

~ Making the best use of limited time by covering more than one standard.
Tips for Effective Collaboration
Build and nurture relationships with teachers
Clarify your role as a professional school counselor
Use effective communication and conflict resolution strategies
Share the load! Split the responsibilities fairly and teach to your strength (Williams, 2004) (Mason, 2010)
Establish or join a cross-curricular team (Johnson, 2013).

The Unit: Building Empathy and Developing Emotional Intelligence

Objective: Enhance the students' emotional intelligence and self-awareness with lessons, activities, and a positive recognition system

Students will:
a. recognize and identify both their emotions and the emotions of their classmates
b. Identify, practice, and use ways to monitor and regulate emotions
c. Use kind language to interact with classmates and teachers
d. Use anti-bullying strategies to stand up to bullying behavior and support classmates
The Lessons

1. Developing a Feelings Vocabulary
2. Identify Feelings in Ourselves and Others
3. Being Kind
4. Practicing Kindness
5. Managing Strong Emotions: Anger
6. Identifying Bullying Behaviors
7. Using Anti-Bullying Strategies
8. Demonstrating Self-Control
9. Showing Respect
10. Using Manners
11. Review
Real Life Implementation

1. Start with the Data
2. Collaborate with the classroom teacher to identify specific goals and objectives
3. Identify guidance/academic standards that will address these goals and objectives
4. Design lesson plans and assessments that will cover the standards and meet goals/objectives.
5. Continue to collaborate with classroom teacher to review assessments and evaluate effectiveness of interventions and lessons.
What does your School Counseling Core Curriculum look like? What challenges do you face?
Do you have
enough time
to teach?
Do the teachers
your efforts?
Are you able to cover all the
Questions and Comments?

Thank you for coming!

Contact Information: Beth Mertens

Twitter: @stscounselor

Email: mertensminute@gmail.com

Blog: mertensminute.wordpress.com

Livebinder Link: http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?present=true&id=887087

Thank you to my colleague, Jenny Williams, for her assistance with this presentation!
But that's not all!
What are we going to talk about today?
What do the students need to learn?
What connections can you find between our counseling standards and your specific academic standards?
What are the 'easiest' standards to connect?
• ". . .designing, implementing, evaluating and enhancing a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student success"
In addition, it states: "The school guidance curriculum is delivered throughout the school's overall curriculum and is systematically presented by professional school counselors in collaboration with other professional educators in K-12 classroom and group activities"
Using an integrated curriculum provides us with a great opportunity to fulfill these components of the role statement, particularly when it comes to student achievement
More Ideas and Resources!
Utilizing "Centers"
Learning and Practicing Research Skills
Promoting Career and College Readiness with the use of technology
Practicing Writing Skills
Reading, Writing, and Personal Social?
Creating Dynamic, Engaging Lessons with Integrated Curriculum

From my Beliefs:
School counselors play a vital role in advocating for a safe, nurturing, and dynamic learning environment for all students, not just those with identified emotional or academic needs.

And here's my Vision Statement:
Saint Timothy students will become independent learners, critical thinkers, and compassionate citizens who embody their Catholic faith. Through access to a challenging, differentiated curriculum and a comprehensive school counseling program, our students are prepared to meet the demands of the 21st century.

And, my
Mission Statement
Saint Timothy’s Counseling Program’s mission is to assist students with their academic, social/emotional, and vocational needs and promote their spiritual growth using a child-centered approach that is rooted in the Catholic faith. The program’s services focus on students’ strengths and abilities and are designed to remove the barriers to academic achievement and promote student success.
Teaching Integrated Lessons helps me implement a comprehensive counseling program!
Virginia View
Kagan Publishing
Ed Helper
(Drake & Burns, 2004)
Thoughts so far?

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