Hello! I am Madison Below, the Mid School Counselor at MMI. I believe that navigating the world of middle school can be simultaneously a daunting endeavor and an exciting adventure. During these pivotal years of rapid growth and change, students face unique and diverse challenges; therefore, in addition to working with students individually and in small groups, meeting with parents, and collaborating with teachers, I teach the Classroom Guidance course.
In Classroom Guidance, students learn skills to help them grow and develop academically, socially, and personally. Topics covered range from the character education lessons of bullying, decision-making, relationships, and self-esteem to the executive functioning skills of time management, goal-setting, planning, and prioritization. Through both team-building and individual reflection, Classroom Guidance assists students in achieving personal growth while acquiring positive social skills and values.
I am going to use the Counselor's Corner page to give a glimpse into what we're currently studying in Classroom Guidance and to share articles related to mental health in early adolescence. I hope you had an enjoyable, restful summer break and that you check back often for new posts covering our fun-filled week at Bridge Camp as well as tips for a successful 2015-2016 school year!