How and where should I start if I want to write my own school counselor curriculum? If I buy curriculum, what should it include?
Have you been scouring the internet looking for lesson plans? There are some out there, but they are only "plans". What you need is all the things that go with a lesson plan. That includes lessons, activities, and assessments.
So you are now thinking, I will just write them myself. Where do you start? Now you need a plan on how to write your lesson plans, lessons, and activities.
You must think about what you want the students to know, understand conceptually, and be able to do to show they understand.
I have created lessons based on classic children's literature. What did it take to cover the whole school year for grades Kindergarten through 5th grade?
In order to provide for a classroom lesson every other week, it required 4 units per grade. Each unit consists of 4 to 8 lessons. In the older classes, you have to prepare more material because they read much faster.
The rough drafts took hundreds of hours. Then proofing and making them look nice is taking even more time.
Whether you are still wanting to "build your own" or are looking to purchase, it would probably be nice to look at a sample.
I created a sample lesson from unit 1 of my 5th grade series. It is only a portion of the unit, but it should give you a good example of a quality lesson plan & lesson.
"Wizard of Oz" - Lesson 1
Enjoy the first lesson of our 5th Grade “Wizard of Oz” unit for free! Your students will love going on this adventure with Dorothy and her friends through this classic story, while developing mindsets and behaviors for self-sustaining success.
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An educator for 30+ years. Counselor in elementary & middle school, special education, and crisis. Teacher in K-5, special education, ESL, and gifted. School 504 and testing coordinator. Common Core trainer. Master's degrees in Counseling and Educational Administration. Bachelor’s degrees in Elementary and Special Education.