Lesson 5: Write About This....
Today I wanted to go back and be creative with an app I came by in researching technology for school counselors. I began thinking about how difficult it is for school counselors to get into classes and be able to offer valuable lessons on different topics. How do we best connect with teachers without being told we are taking valuable time from class? I often look at the curriculum mapping of the content areas and begin identifying topics where it would be great to have a collaborative lesson. In this case, even infuse technology into the lesson!
Let's work backwards for a bit. I found an app called "Write About This" where an identified prompt lets students begin writing about the given topic in a creative format. The prompts are created by uploading pictures, adding a text, and recording an audio. Below is the picture for the app so you can see how user friendly it is!
Now that I have an app I want to use, what next? Well, check in with your English Department and see where the teacher might provide a writing prompt and have students be creative in responding to the prompt. English seems to be the natural class, but do not discard other content areas such as Social Studies where students write about their hero; or Health where students can share minidfulness ideas that help reduce stress! Share the app idea and let the teacher deliver the lesson, but the school counselor should moderate the discussions from the prompt.
Let's go through a simple example. Let's begin by thinking about a lesson on the power of words. After all, the lesson is delivered in English! Add a picture of a wrinkled paper heart. Then add a text: "Why is this heart wrinkled?" and record the audio asking the same question or say "give an example when unkind words wrinkled your heart." I can only imagine the ideas flowing in student's minds! Once the writing is done, collaborate with the English teacher to do a pair and share or an entire class discussion about the prompt.
I am sure that the students will connect with the lesson given the technology tool, but also the opportunity to share a real life experience. From a school counseling program perspective, make sure you have a way to evaluate the lesson's effectiveness and incorporate it to the school counseling curriculum map!
What other ideas for prompts might you consider? Please share!!