My name is Avery B and I am a current high schooler and proud Girl Scout! The encourageME program was created for my Girl Scout Gold Award project and is designed to help teach elementary school students, specifically older students, about supportive friendship skills. I have always been passionate about working with younger students, and through my own personal experience and research I have found a need to discuss these skills with these students. We always tell students not to be a bully, but we need to teach them how to be a friend as well.
This program is designed in four separate sessions, discussing communication, support, trust, and conflict. The four sessions each consist of:
- Two video lessons
- Discussion questions about the videos
- Activities/games that relate to the lesson topics
These sessions are located on the tabs above, and include all the information necessary to complete the program in your own classroom. There are printable lesson plans at the top of each session page. Although there are multiple activities included with each session, you do not need to use all of them. Some of them work better in larger spaces, with more students, etc. so there are several options to suit your needs. This program was primarily designed and implemented to be used in coed classrooms.
The sessions have all been reviewed by a school psychologist, an elementary school counselor, and a middle school counselor to ensure that they discuss the proper skills in an effective way. I have personally led the encourageME program successfully at four different elementary schools.
Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions!