GATE Students Counseling Group Mega Minds Gifted Group
ASCA & CASEL Aligned
Easy to Implement
Supports Pencils of Promise
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Mega Minds is a 10 week school counseling small group designed to help GATE and gifted students share their challenges and connect with their strengths. The group focuses on helping gifted and talented students cope with high expectations, perfectionism, labels, bullying, friendships, and more.
*Can be used in conjunction with “The Gifted Kids Survival Guide” by Judy Galbraith or alone.
Week 1: What It Means to Be a GATE Kid
Week 2: Life as a GATE Kid
Week 3: Why am I GATE Kid?
Week 4: GATE Programs. What’s Working & What’s Not
Week 5: Feeling Bored in School
Week 6: Perfectionism
Week 7: Other Worries
Week 8: GATE Social Skills
Week 9: Family Dynamics
Week 10: Brain Power
WHAT’S INCLUDED Each Week:
↠ Group Rules: Suggested and DIY Group Rules poster so students can take ownership of the creation of the group rules and norms
↠ Feelings Check: Feelings Check Poster to serve as a visual aid for students to self-reflect on their emotional state at the start of each session
↠ Self Reflection Journal- With writing prompts
↠ Games & Activities: A wide variety of games and activities each week
↠ Self-Assessments: Pre and post group self-assessments to track student growth and make data collection easy!
- Multiple Intelligences Quiz
- Sides of the Room Activity
- Brain Games (Stroop Effect)
- Matching Game
- Partner Brainstorm Activity
- Self-Esteem Activity
- “Hangman” Drawing Game
- Prioritizing Commitments Activity
- Multiple Intelligences Quiz
Each week students will learn skills they can use at home and school to help them meet challenges and build on strengths. Students will learn how to deal with perfectionism, manage stress, and prioritize commitments. The goal of this group is to help gifted and talented students develop healthy habits with regards to high expectations.
At a minimum, being in this counseling group allows students to identify and share their feelings, develop self-esteem through participation, and practice empathy while hearing others’ experiences.
With easy to implement outlines and activities, this group curriculum is very low-prep. Simply print out each session before students arrive and keep them in a file folder. For tips on how to organize your small groups, check out this blog post I wrote. The self-assessments are a great way to get students to self-reflect on their progress and you can then share this information with teachers, parents, or in your program report.
Also make sure to track your data and compile it in an end of the year report. Here is an outline I created to make it easy!
Who is this Group Designed For?
“Mega Minds” is designed for small groups of GATE identified students grades 4-7. It can also be modified to work for other grades and individual lessons.
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