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180 days. It seems like school just started. Well, maybe it seems like an eternity ago. However, your feeling, though, there are a few things to do before heading for summer and prepping for next year. 1. Gather your data. Put together an End Of Year Counseling Report. Include
Let’s face it, we all have stress. It can wear us down, leave us in tears, or push us to making unhealthy choices. But, learning how to handle it makes all the difference. When we teach kids these skills the most important thing to do is introduce the topic, explain
There is no doubt that our students love playing games. Some of my favorite sessions are spent playing games with students and intertwining counseling skills, of course! Playing games is a great way to make connections with students. Not only is it fun, but you are building social skills,
Looking back on this past year as a school counselor it is very important to acknowledge all of the challenges we have overcome and think about all of the accomplishments we have made in such a difficult, unprecedented time. Even now, we may be thinking what if my school forgets
Helping a young person become who they want to be takes time and encouragement. It takes paying attention to what sparks a passion. . We listen, we encourage, and we provide the opportunity to uncover each young person’s unique interests.So many counselors tell me that they are a bit intimidated
Because I work in a school, for me, the “New Year” begins September 1st. But, if you are in literally any other field of work the New Year actually begins January 1st, which I obviously know, yet I still refer to the “end of the year” as June and the
Today, I was talking to another counselor and she was worried that her school was going to forget all about honoring her during School Counselor Week. I gently reminder her that next week started National School Counseling Week not Counselor’s Week. You see, there is a big difference. The week
One thing that has been really important to me since starting my new job, is to help create a culture of caring with staff members. Don’t get me wrong, the faculty and staff at my new job are really amazing and they love the kids. What I’ve found, though is
Going to conferences are invigorating, inspiring, and hectic. Believe it or not, I’m pretty shy. I know a lot of people, but I’d much prefer to stay home than go to large parties, and I get anxious in new environments. BUT. . .I love going to the ASCA annual conference
I have several lists for you about summer reading for school counselors. This is part 1 of a 3 part series. Summer is a great time to catch up on your reading. If you are like me, you’re not just reading books for professional growth, but you are also reading
Help! Our kids are stressing about the test! Have you heard this plea from the teachers in your building? I know I have! Because I don’t have my own classroom, it’s also hard to sometimes address this on a full-scale need. There are some kids that always seem to be
If you are like me, time is of essence and storing and searching for counseling materials needs to efficient, quick and easy. Any time searching for something is lost time, so materials need to be ready to go at all times. I’ll show you some of my favorite storage ideas