Guidance & Counseling Corner
Meet Our Counselor
Hello my name is Margarita Gonzalez. I am so happy to be your child’s counselor this year. Let me tell you a little bit about myself.
I have completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Bilingual Education from Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas in 1997, a Masters in School Counseling from Amberton University in Garland,Texas in 2008 and a Certificate in School Administration from Lamar University in 2012.
I was a Bilingual teacher for nine years and I have been a counselor for seven years.
I became a counselor because I knew that as a counselor I could have a greater influence in preparing our students to become productive, respectful, and responsible citizens.
From the Counselor’s Heart!
Parents, I would like to remind you that just as we teach our children to dress up and to ride a bicycle; in that same manner, we should teach our children how to behave. Just as we don’t assume that they will know how to read when they’re born, we shouldn’t assume that they will know how to behave socially. It is our job as parents to train our kids to be respectful, obedient and productive citizens. All of that teaching and training begins with us being good role models and actually showing them the correct way to do things. It’s not something easy to learn. Experts say that 30% of all learning is done through observation, but 70% is learned through guided practice. Your son/daughter will learned formally how to behave and why in my lessons throughout this year, but they will need you to come along side of them to practice it throughout their life time. I exhort you to continue practicing with your son/daughter, and to remember that “practice makes perfect”.
Guidance lessons for the first semester
In the first semester we learn character building lessons to improve our behavior and develop character. We will learn…
1. Why are rules important? Rules are established to keep order, and to make us safe.
2. Citizenship: We learn that character is what a person does, thinks, says or feels by which that person is judged to be good or bad, strong or weak. Therefore, to develop good character, we follow these 3 simple rules:
- Follow the rules of your family, your school and your society
- Be responsible for what you do (pay for what you owe, fix what you broke).
- Do your share (cooperate, help others).
3. Why do I have to listen? Listening is one of the most important skills we can develop. Through it we can learn so much about the world and others. Your child will learn these 5 steps to being a good listener:
- Look at the person who is talking.
- Listen and don’t interrupt.
- Ask questions to find out more.
- Nod or say something to show you understand.
- Repeat what you heard in your own words.
4. Responsibility: Our life is our responsibility. You child will learn in my class that if they do their responsibility at each stage of their life, they will up the odds of having a much better life. They will learn the rhyme, “Do what you’re supposed to do!” If you are a student, be the best student you can be. If you are a construction worker or a cook be the best that you can be.
Self-control and obedience: Obedience is being free to follow those placed over you so that you can grow and mature into a happy adult.
- Having the ability to follow instruction
- Being able to comply with rules
- Being able to submit to authority
Disobedience is a conscious failure or refusal to obey.
- You will miss out on wonderful things.
- You will have to pay consequences
3 steps to learning to be obedient:
- Be a good listener, pay attention.
- Control your impulses, follow rules.
- Do as you are asked
5. Trustworthiness: Don’t lie, cheat or steal. Students learn the importance ofhonesty, and reliability. That being honest is essential for building trust and good relationships with others.
6. Tattletale or Report: Students learn that in the World there is too much information and that one way to get attention is by passing that information along. They learn that there are two types of information, the information that helps and the information that is just there to distract us and can actually help us pass or waste time. The information that helps we call it aREPORT, because it helps someone or solves a problem. The information that doesn’t help is called a TATTLETALE,because it is usually used to get someone in trouble or as a complaint. The students learn to test their information to know if it’s a report or a tattletale before they pass it along to others. They used this three questions to test their information:
- Is someone being hurt?
- Is something dangerous happening?
- Can I help myself or do I need help from an adult?
Promoting College and Career Awareness at Cisneros Pre-K
Here at Cisneros, we are committed to creating a culture of college and career readiness that will lead to the most successful generation in Texas history. Remember, preparing our children for a future of success starts today. Here's what we are doing at Cisneros to promote career development...
Students will be learning about different careers and occupations through:
- Inciting curiosity and exploration in different careers
- Role play in the centers
- Exploration in centers
- Learning how to be good listeners
- Modeling the love of learning by school faculty and staff
- We asked them what they want to be when they grow up and have them picture it in their minds
- Students complete an interest inventory on College Day in September about what they might want to be when they grow up
- Students dress up and roll play different careers and occupations
- Career Week assembly the first week in November featuring:
- Guest speakers representing the top five career choices for our school
- Goal setting song
What can I do to help prepare my child for college?
It’s never too early to start teaching your child about college. Here are some things that will help pave the way for a successful life in the future:
- Stress the importance of being a good listener. Good listeners learn new things and they’re always on the-know.
- Train them to complete their homework and to do a little bit extra.
- Help them develop good study skills by finding a quiet place to study with minimum interruptions.
- Model for them the love of learning by reading to them frequently or as much as you can.
- Take them to the school or public library to check out books frequently.
- Ask them what they want to be when they grow up and start reading to them about those topics.
- Satisfy their curiosity, “Curiosity is a basic drive in children. Curiosity is often satisfied through exploration. This exploratory activity leads to the acquisition of information. Interests are developed by using information derived from exploratory activities and impressions of role models” (Super’s Model of Career Development of Children p.146)
- Be a good role model for your children, “Adults are important role models for children in learning about the world of work and in developing their own self-concept. Key figures for children are parents, teachers, public figures, television personalities and people in their own community” (Super’s Model of Career Development of Children p.150).
In addition to all these, we have College Days once a month. On these days, students and staff are encouraged to wear a college or university t-shirt and chant our goal setting song.
College Days for 2014-2015
- Tuesday, September 16 (GISD College Day)
- Tuesday, October 14
- Tuesday, November 11 (Career Day)
- Tuesday, December 09
- Tuesday, January 13
- Tuesday, February 10
- Tuesday, March 17
- Tuesday, April 14
Goal Setting Song for Cisneros Pre-K
- Set your goal (x2)
- Make a plan (x2)
- To achieve it (x2)
- Work hard (x2)
- Persevere (x2)
- Don't give up (x2)
- Till you reach it
Some of the Activities and Programs provided here at Cisneros
Biweekly classroom guidance lessons focused around character development such as:
- Individual and group counseling
- College Awareness Activities
- Prevention Programs:
- Fire Safety
- Substance Abuse (Red Ribbon Week Activities)
- WHO Program (Stranger Danger & Safe and Unsafe Touches)
- Bullying Prevention: R-Time and Guidance Lessons
- Parenting Classes: Love & Logic (English and Spanish)
- Consultant to parents and staff
Do you ever feel frustrated because your child doesn't seem to listen to you? Or do you ever feel like you just really aren't sure how you should effectively discipline your child? I know I have felt that way with my sons before! Well let me introduce you to the Love & Logic philosophy!
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What Builds Respectful, Responsible Kids
- Make sure your child knows that you love and respect him/her.
- Explain that there are rules everywhere to keep him/her safe.
- Follow up with actions/consequences immediately, so they learn to listen to you the first time.
- Be CONSISTENT
- Don’t rescue them from the consequences of their wrong actions that is the only way to learn to make good choices.
You are the parent, children need parents who care enough about them to set limits and enforce them. Discipline is not punishment
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