Our Counselor Teaches Students to Solve Kid-Sized Problems with Kelso's Choices
In the counseling classroom, students are learning about solving “big sized” and “small sized” problems. We use a fantastic curriculum called “Kelso’s Choices.” A big problem is when students feel scared, threatened, or a situation is dangerous. We teach the children to immediately go to an adult if they have a big problem. Big Sized Problem? Go to a “Big person!”
Small problems happen every day and usually involve another student. In order to solve their small problems, we use Kelso’s Choices Wheel. Small Sized Problem? Kids are smart enough, and strong enough to solve on their own.
Throughout the school year students will practice using Kelso’s Choices, to reinforce how and when to use each choice for different situations. Our goal is to teach students several positive ways to deal with these difficult situations. To do this, we are asking students who have small problems to try at least two of Kelso’s Choices before asking an adult for help.
By using this plan, we believe that our students will develop effective problem-solving skills that they can use again and again. It will help them deal with conflict in a positive manner and to make appropriate decisions. Knowing what to do will help students reduce the stress and number of conflicts they have at school and in their neighborhood.
This program has been implemented at our school for several years. We encourage you to become familiar with this program and use it in your home. By working together, we can develop a healthy life skill for young people to use at home and at school. This website: http://kelsoschoice.com/free-resources/for-parents/ has more information.