On Monday, May 12, 2014, Alexander Wiseman, 2nd Grade student in Mrs. Arpide’s class helped Mrs. Schwab, Guidance Counselor teach a Second Step lesson about how to solve peer problems, and how to calm down if you feel frustrated, mad or upset with your friends. Second Step is published by the Committee for Children, in Seattle, WA., and this is the curriculum that the Athol-Royalston Regional School district purchased to teach elementary children in Kindergarten through 2nd grade social skills, empathy, and peer problem solving skills.
On May 4, 2014, Mrs. Schwab, Guidance Counselor, and Mrs. Arpide, co-taught a Second Step lesson to the classroom on problem solving steps for student friendship problems, and calm down ideas to Mrs. Arpide’s class. The students have fun, and Mrs. Schwab and Mrs. Arpide love teaching together!
On April 27, 2014, Mrs. Arpide’s 2nd grade students did role plays about how to gently do a hand shake line up, after a recess game is over, and say, “Good game,” to each player, whether your team wins or loses.
April 14, 2014, Second Step Problem Solving Chart, and anchor chart of notes Mrs. Schwab brainstormed with Mrs. Arpide and her 2nd grade class about empathy and inclusion. Students learned that they must allow student to play with them at recess. We used the example of the Four Square ball game at recess, and how to rotate in students who want a turn to play.