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    Rebecca Schwam
     Elementary Guidance Instructor

    Mrs. Scwam and her family  

     

    School Guidance Instructor

    Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year. I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself, Rebecca Schwam, in my new position as the elementary schools’ Guidance Instructor.  I will be traveling to each elementary school (SRS, WES and NPE) teaching the guidance lessons to each class every twelve days during library.  Guidance is a time when students learn social/emotional learning.

    First, I wanted to begin my telling you a little about myself. I have been WES’s School Counselor for the last sixteen years. There, I taught the guidance curriculum along with helping to support students and families as the guidance counselor.  I live in Havertown and I have two children of my own. My daughter is in 4th grade and my son has just started Middle School as a 6th grader.  I am right in the thick of it and bring a lot of my own personal experiences to my lessons to make it real for the children.  In my spare time I like to be outdoors riding my bike, hiking, gardening, and traveling. I also love to watch my son play soccer, participate in Boys Scouts and play the French horn.  My daughter horseback rides, sews and make her art creations.

    As I stated earlier, guidance is a time when students learn social emotional learning.  In the elementary years it is meant to be preventative and help students learn life skills to cope with life’s challenges.  In Kindergarten through 2nd grade, students learn skills for learning, empathy, emotional control, and socials skills.  This includes how to make friends, cope with teasing, and identifying bullying and how to respond.  In the 3rd-4th grade, students learn friendship skills, how to join in/conversation skills, what is bullying, refusing bullying by being assertive, bystanders are a part of the solution, career exploration and coping skills for difficult feelings. Finally, 5th grade learns Positive Psychology. Students learn to explore 24 character traits worldwide. They learn to identify character traits in themselves, their peers, and family. This program does entail homework assignments where they examine their own traits and interview family members about their traits. For instance, students will make a gratitude journal where they learn to focus on three positive things that happened each day or explore their family member’s traits through a parent interview.  In addition to the positive psychology position, students learn career exploration, peer relationships, cyber safety and how to respond to bullying.

     Please look out for worksheets coming home on guidance days and ask your children about what they are learning.  It is my hope that students will use their skills and discussions we learn in guidance to help cope with relationship their home and school lives.

    I look forward to getting to know all your children.