Counselor's Corner

Counselor's Corner
Posted on 12/17/2017
Hello Manitou Families – Most grade levels have finished units one and two of the Second Step Program. We are moving on to Unit Three: Emotional Management. The goal of this unit is to develop students’ ability to manage their own strong feelings before feelings escalate and result in negative consequences. Teaching students to recognize strong feelings and using calming-down steps to stay in control increases coping skills and reduces aggression and other problem behaviors. In this unit, students are taught proactive strategies to help prevent strong feelings from turning into negative behaviors. When intense feelings are allowed to escalate, strong physiological reactions hamper students’ ability to reason and to solve interpersonal and other problems without aggression. The ability to keep strong emotions from escalating and driving behavior allows students to employ many of the other skills taught in the Second Step program, such as effective communication, assertiveness, and problem solving.

To achieve the goal of emotional management, students will:

1. Recognize how strong feelings affect their brains and bodies by:
• Focusing attention on their bodies for clues about how they’re feeling
• Understanding that when they feel strong feelings, the feeling part of their brain, the amygdala, reacts, making it hard to think clearly
• Recognizing that thinking about their feelings helps the thinking part of their brain, the cortex, start to regain control

2. Calm down, using the Calming-Down Steps:
• Stop –use you signal
• Name your feeling
• Calm down:
o Breath
o Count
o Use Positive Self-Talk

3. Manage strong feelings by:
• Using positive self-talk to stay calm, focused, and motivated
• Communicating assertively to avoid escalating conflict
• Using the Calming-Down Steps

Students with the skills to manage strong emotions such as anger, anxiety, embarrassment, or frustration are more likely to:
• Get along with peers and make good choices
• Cope with strong emotions and express them in socially acceptable ways
• Be successful in school

Watch the Counselor’s Corner in the New Year for more information about your children’s successes using Second Step skills and knowledge.

Earlier this month we said goodbye to two very dear counseling interns, Mr. Jay DeRosa and Ms. Shayla Reynolds. Staff and students miss them so very much! As part of their graduate programs both are required to intern in a middle school or high school to be certified K-12. Good luck to Mr. Jay and Ms. Shayla!!!


Home Links for Second Step (most, but not all, lessons have home links):

1st Grade: http://www.secondstep.org/Portals/0/G1/Lesson_Materials/Home_Links/G1L4_Home_Link.pdf

2nd Grade: http://www.secondstep.org/Portals/0/g2/Lesson_Materials/Home_Links/g2L3_Home_Link.pdf

3rd Grade: http://www.secondstep.org/Portals/0/g3/Lesson_Materials/Home_Links/g3L3_Home_Link.pdf

4th Grade: http://www.secondstep.org/Portals/0/G4/Lesson_Materials/Home_Links/G4L4_Home_Link.pdf


Leatha Hay, MSES School Counselor, 685-2160, [email protected]

Stephanie Wilson, District 14 School Counselor, 685-2227, [email protected]

Jay DeRosa, [email protected], MSES School Counseling Intern (UCCS Graduate Student)

Shayla Margison, [email protected], MSES School Counseling Intern (UNC Graduate Student)


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