The point is, sometimes we need a little excitement, quirkiness, or a "hook" to get our students' attention and help them "get" the objectives we are trying to teach. Although it has been a LONG time since I had those aforementioned teachers, I still remember them and what they taught me because they got my attention, which is sometimes half the battle with our students. As a school counselor, I am continually trying to engage my students and give them a prop, hand motion, or saying that will help them connect with what I am teaching and commit it to memory.
My first "hook" is my Groovy Poovey nickname. I use it because #1: It helps students say my name correctly instead of calling me all kinds of crazy things and #2: They never forget it and can always tell you the name of their school counselor. Helpful, right?!!
Here is a sampling of some of my other "hooks" and when I use them. What are yours?
Enjoy and Happy Counseling! ~Angela
LEFT: Using a Hula Hoop to illustrate the Hula Hoop Space for my Kindergarten students in Good Touch/Bad Touch lessons.
RIGHT: Modeling a career I would like as an E! fashion reporter on the red carpet for "Career Dress Up" Day during Red Ribbon Week. We have better things to do than drugs! This event went along with my career lessons in the classroom.
LEFT: My co-counselor and I starting our "Camp Counselor" introduction to the school counselor lessons at the beginning of the year. Read more about that lesson here.
BELOW: Dressed up as "Judge Poovey" for Fairness character trait lessons in the classroom. Read more about that lesson here.