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Welcome back to school! This year, I will be sharing my “Big Idea” of the month on this website. This is the theme of my classroom visits for the month. You can see when your student’s classroom will be visited by finding their teacher’s name on my Google calendar at the bottom of this screen.

Also, watch for future information on Mental Health Screenings and other events.

BIG IDEA for AUGUST: Growth Mindset

At its most basic level, this is the belief that…

  • Our brains can change and grow.
  • Intelligence and ability can be increased through learning and practice.
  • Mistakes and failures are opportunities to learn.

These beliefs help students be more resilient and willing to try new things. They understand that when they struggle, they are growing. They become more willing and capable learners, and they believe more in their abilities.

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Mrs. Keller's Big Idea for August

Growth Mindset: What does it mean? Believing that your brain can grow, and you can learn to do challenging things! 

You can practice this skill by... 

  • Trying new things
  • Learning from mistakes
  • Believing that you can learn

Be a brave learner! 

I feel proud when I work hard!      When I struggle, I grow!      I control the choices I make! 

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Pamela Keller, School Counselor

Pamela Keller

West Elementary School Counselor

At West Elementary Mondays, Thursdays, and as needed.

Services Offered

Counselor Lessons in Classes

  • I visit every class every month
  • 15-30 minute lessons address topics such as kindness, bullying prevention, and managing stress

Group Counseling

  • This isn’t therapy; it’s learning life skills with other students
  • Student may be recommended by teachers or their families
  • A form signed by parent/guardian is required

Individual Counseling

  • Short-term (6-8 weeks) counseling, teaching skills one-on-one
  • Some of the most common topics are dealing with and understanding anxiety, strengths, and managing emotions

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