A few weeks ago I was substitute teaching in a local middle school. When the teacher had a planning period I was asked to visit the library to help out. I was happy to go since libraries are one of my most treasured places and I also knew its a very busy time for them since all the books that are currently checked out are all being returned at once . This day also happened to be 2 days after the great Dr. Maya Angelou passed away. It was such a great opportunity for me to be in the library that day as the librarian had prepared a beautiful lesson on one of my favorite authors. She showed students this video and I couldn’t help but think that this would make a wonderful lesson in a school counseling program as well.
The librarian spoke about Maya. She shared some of her life story, several videos of poems she had written, and she ended her lesson with this thought: be a rainbow in someone else’s life.
What a powerful message!
As I shelved books and listened to the lesson for a second time I could see how a school counselor could work with librarians and English teachers to crosswalk this lesson. Our counseling standards could be incorporated by adding in a conversation about how someone has been a rainbow to them in the past or how they plan to be a rainbow to someone they know. Students could write a letter thanking another person for being a rainbow. At the end of the school year you could encourage students to write to someone who had made a difference in their life over the course of that school year – whether that is a teacher, a coach, a friend, an administrator, the resource office, the nurse… the list could go on and on. You can find a lesson that I created based on these ideas on my online portfolio here.
How would you use Maya Angelou’s message in your counseling program?
What other authors have inspired your lessons?
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