All Children are Worthy!

Due to recent political events, school counselors are in an unusual position.  We are the heart of the school, and it is up to us to educate both our faculty and students on proper behavior.

Talking about what is happening makes us (adults) uncomfortable.  We are not used to discussing issues such as race and religion in our schools.  Our classroom rules encourage everyone to “work together nicely”.  If a slur occurs, we may say, “That’s not nice, say you are sorry.”  However, we rarely explain why a slur isn’t nice or why it is hateful.

Due to our discomfort, we may skirt the issue.  This is because we:

  • Don’t know what to say
  • Don’t want to get into trouble with the administration
  • Feel alone in trying to teach these issues
  • Don’t want conflict that might eventually involve parents
  • Feel that school and religion don’t mix
  • Feel that we don’t have the skills to lead such a conversation.

These are all valid fears.  As counselors we must become comfortable with the uncomfortable.

Remember during your training, there would often be long periods of silence during a counseling session.  Remember how uncomfortable that initially felt?  Over time, you learned how to use the silence as a therapeutic tool.  Once that happened, you were no longer uncomfortable.

This is the same feeling.

I am working on a lesson plan to help you talk with your students about racism, bigotry, race, religion, & ethnicity.  I hope it will help you in your work as a school counselor.

I am sure more issues will be coming in the future.  It is my personal goal to be in the fray with you, providing you with fresh, relevant materials.  Remember, we can ALL be good citizens!

About poppymoon@gmail.com

Dr. Poppy Moon is a Board Certified Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Certified School Counselor. She graduated magna cum laude from Centenary College of Louisiana with a BS degree in Chemistry and a minor in French. She obtained her masters degree in Counselor Education from Texas A & M Commerce. Dr. Moon attended the University of Alabama to earn her Ph.D. in Counselor Education, focusing on child and adolescent issues. This year Dr. Moon was honored to be selected as the 2015 Alabama Elementary School Counselor of the Year. Dr. Moon is an accomplished author and illustrator of guidance related games, books, and DVDs. Operation Breaking the Boy Code & Operation Breaking the Girl Code, Operation Breaking the Middle School Code, Kicky the Mean Chick, How to Be a Bully - NOT!, and Good Friends/Bad Friends & How to Know the Difference are just some of her creations. Dr. Moon was thrilled to receive a Mom’s Choice Gold Award for her book that she both wrote and illustrated, The School with No Rules. Two other books she illustrated, Brad Takes a Bite Out of Meanness and Princess Priscilla and the Bully Bee Day both received Mom’s Choice Silver Awards. Her first game, Snoots Toots! A Kids Guide to Empathy & Manners, received a Dr. Toy Best Game Award. Dr. Moon was selected as the University of West Alabama Elementary School Counselor of the Year in 2013. Her company, Out of This World Productions, creates streaming guidance media for counselors and teachers. OTWP produced all the digital material for the Cengage text Counseling Children. She believes that her goal in life is to help counselors be better counselors. She says, “There is magic in what we do. We change lives." Dr. Moon resides in Tuscaloosa, where she is a professor at the University of West Alabama. She lives with her imagination, a weenie dog named Snoots, and four amazing cats.
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