More than half of students from low‑income households
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My students need 5 games and 2 books of games to teach a variety of guidance topics.
Playing games is a sure-fire way to motivate and create relationships with students dealing with a variety of issues. I am a school counselor at a K-6 Elementary School. I am at a Title I school with a very diverse population from all cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. There are constantly new challenges that come my way creating a new for a variety of tools and techniques to use to help them reach their full potential.
Currently, I have about 6 small groups that I work with. I have several groups of boys who are very active and require games and movement in order to work well with them. Unfortunately, many of the games that I would like to use with them are more money than the budget that I am allocated. I have a limited number of games to choose from and would appreciate adding to my selection so that whenever a need arises, I have a tool right at my fingertips that will motivate and inspire the children to overcome their obstacles. For example, I meet regularly with several children who have anger management issues. I use plays and puppets at times to demonstrate the skills I would like them to know. However, games would provide yet another tool that would really be helpful. Kids love games, and learn well when offered the chance to play instead of listen to a lecture.
All of the requested games are ones I've seen at conferences and in nice counseling offices (such as private practice). I chose them based on the things that I encounter the most often, as well as things that the kids have shown an interest in. Friendship Island is a fun game that teaches about friendship skills. I think I talk with a child about friendship at least once a day. The Anger game and the Bully Busters game will be great for working with older children. Stop, Relax, and Think will be awesome for all grade levels with kids who have a difficult time with self control. The books with many game choices in them will really be great because I can make tons of games to use and carry with me when I leave the room. These games and activities will benefit the children by providing them with useful skills and techniques to help them deal with a variety of issues in a fun, active, and positive way. There are opportunities for movement, singing, dancing, and getting up and about that will make it easier to work with both boys and younger students.
By funding this proposal, you will be empowering students to be the best that they can be. You will make such a difference by enabling me to have games and tools that will help students learn ways to be more successful in school, home, and in all areas of life.
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