• Classroom Counseling

    The counselor is regularly in the classroom to provide lessons on a variety of topics to assist all students in reaching academic, career, and personal/social goals. Lessons are developmentally appropriate and align with the Bismarck Public School Counseling learning targets and the American School Counselor Association's Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success. 

    The Bismarck Elementary Counseling program is continuously working to prioritize standards, clarify expectations, and develop curriculum resources that best fit the learning needs of our BPS students. Because the process of curriculum review and development involves constant reflection and revision, updates and changes at different grade levels are to be expected.

    School counselors encourage the following mindsets for all students.

    • Mindset 1. Belief in development of whole self, including a healthy balance of mental, social/emotional and physical well-being
    • Mindset 2. Self-confidence in ability to succeed
    • Mindset 3. Sense of belonging in the school environment
    • Mindset 4. Understanding that postsecondary education and life-long learning are necessary for long-term career success
    • Mindset 5. Belief in using abilities to their fullest to achieve high-quality results and outcomes
    • Mindset 6. Positive attitude toward work and learning

    Fourth Grade Student Learning Targets

    Academic Development Targets

    • I can identify my academic strengths.
    • I can tell two ways to manage my time.
    • I can identify learning styles.
    • I can identify short-term and long-term goals.

     Career Development Targets

    • I can group jobs according to their similarities.
    • I can identify my interests.

     Social/Emotional Development Targets

    • I can identify positive and negative self-talk.
    • I can tell three ways to help if someone is being mistreated.
    • I can explain how to respect privacy.
    • I can practice cooperation in a group.
    • I can identify two ways to stop rumors or gossip.
    • I can identify coping skills.
    • I can explain five strategies to deal with conflicts.
    • I can identify three refusal skills.
    • I can apply problem solving skills to make safe and healthy choices.
    • I can recognize bullying behavior.
    • I can explain three technology safety rules.
    • I can tell three consequences of using tobacco or alcohol.
    • I can explain three technology safety rules.
    • I can tell three consequences of using tobacco or alcohol.
    • I can explain peer pressure.