Don’t you just love when you choose a school counseling resource online and SCORE!? Well, let me tell you about another resource from Youthlight that you should consider adding to your collection of resources. STEP UP to Better Grades was created by Robin Zorn, the 2014 School Counselor of the Year. As soon as I began looking through the book at the lessons and all of the activity options included, I began to think of so many ways to use this resource. Let me tell you more about it.
The book includes a CD with all of the activities and games along with PowerPoints and letters for parents. Pre- and Post-Tests are also included. There are core lessons for each study habit and 66 additional extension activities.
Each letter in STEP UP represents a different study habit.
- S is for Space: This section focuses on making a suitable work space at home similar to the work space at school.
- T is for Tools: This section discusses the necessary tools students need to stay organized such as agendas, keeping back packs and desks neat and in order and creating a schedule.
- E is for Ending: Ending focuses on goal setting and prioritizing. Setting and meeting goals will help students feel successful with their learning.
- P is for Pay Attention: The activities involve different ways for students to practice staying focused by challenging students using memory activities.
- U is for Understand Directions: This section provides a variety of activities for students to practice following verbal and written directions.
- P is for Practice: This area provides ideas students can use to help them remember and learn information by first discovering their learning style and then by learning helpful techniques such as using mnemonics.
One thing I really like about the activities in this book is that most learning styles can benefit from the activities. Many of the these lessons really get the students involved and moving or using their hands. That alone is exciting to me, because I believe it’s so important to reach as many learning styles as possible during my lessons.
Another great thing about this book is that it incorporates ASCA standards. The standards addressed are included in a document on the CD.
Finally, I love how Robin provides activities that tie good study habits to career development.
Like I said before, there are so many ways this book can be used. The activities may be used for classroom counseling lessons, small groups or individual counseling sessions. I’m always excited to find new ways to spice up my school counseling program.
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