The counselor is regularly in the classroom to provide lessons on a variety of topics to assist all students in reaching academic, career, and personal/social goals. Lessons are developmentally appropriate and align with the Bismarck Public School Counseling learning targets and the American School Counselor Association's Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success.
The Bismarck Elementary Counseling program is continuously working to prioritize standards, clarify expectations, and develop curriculum resources that best fit the learning needs of our BPS students. Because the process of curriculum review and development involves constant reflection and revision, updates and changes at different grade levels are to be expected.
School counselors encourage the following mindsets for all students.
- Mindset 1. Belief in development of whole self, including a healthy balance of mental, social/emotional and physical well-being
- Mindset 2. Self-confidence in ability to succeed
- Mindset 3. Sense of belonging in the school environment
- Mindset 4. Understanding that postsecondary education and life-long learning are necessary for long-term career success
- Mindset 5. Belief in using abilities to their fullest to achieve high-quality results and outcomes
- Mindset 6. Positive attitude toward work and learning
Second Grade Student Learning Targets
Academic Development Targets
- I can identify ways to work well with others.
- I can explain how doing my personal best helps me.
- I can explain how listening helps me.
- I can list three school responsibilities.
Career Development Targets
- I can name tools needed for different jobs.
- I can name a career that interests me.
Social/Emotional Development Targets
- I can recognize feelings in myself and others.
- I can tell the difference between tattling and reporting.
- I can describe how my body feels when I am in control.
- I can tell three things I do well.
- I can tell how to respect someone who is different from me.
- I can tell how to make and keep a friend.
- I can tell how choices have consequences.
- I can tell different ways to deal with a conflict.
- I can identify safe and unsafe touch.
- I can identify my personal space.
- I can name three safe adults.
- I can list three ways to keep myself healthy.
- I can show three ways to calm down.