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Counselor Chat is a podcast dedicated to all things School Counseling! If you’re looking for some inspiration, collaboration, easy to implement strategies to make your counseling life easier, then be sure to follow along!Your host, Carol Miller, from Counseling Essentials, is ready to spark some joy, help you simply your systems and share stories and…
We have been talking about the qualities of a good friend in Lunch Bunch for the past two weeks, and I wanted to be able to review what we learned that was fun before moving on to another topic. As a result I made this Friendship BINGO game. My kids
IT’S ALL ABOUT CONNECTING–TRAINING FOR PARAPROFESSIONALS
Yesterday I had the opportunity to do some training with our school social worker for the paraprofessionals in our school district. We had a professional development day, so it was nice to be able to talk to some people I don’t always get to talk with and learn with them.
USING MINECRAFT TO HELP BUILD ACADEMIC SUCCESS
I have a student who LOVES Minecraft. OK, make that MANY students who love Minecraft. However, there is one in particular who is struggling with a class and is getting down on the fact that school is sometimes hard. I thought it would be a great idea to help by
TALKING ABOUT BULLYING–MY 7TH GRADE LESSON
Recently, I showed my 7th grade classes a PowerPoint on bullying. (Here is the link to request access! 7th Grade Bullying Lesson) I turned it into a movie using Microsoft Movie Maker. While I wasn’t able to share everything I talked about with the students in this movie, it does
GUEST POST–POSITIVE MINDSETS– HOW TO HELP STUDENTS FROM FEELING OVERWHELMED!
I asked my friend Brandy Thompson if she would like to share with other counselors something that she uses in her counseling program that is always a big hit with students, and she replied, “I know just the one!” Brandy is a school counselor, and has a store on TpT–The
SOLE HOPE–HOW HOSTING A SHOE CUTTING PARTY HELPS BUILD A CARING SCHOOL COMMUNITY!
If you are looking for a way to get students involved, to come together to help a great cause, and help bring your own school community closer, then this might be it! My friend, Kathryn Hoover, from Washtenaw International High School & Middle Academy in Ypsilanti, Michigan did a really
Memoirs of a Goldfish
I love the book, Memoirs of a Goldfish, by Devin Scillian. It is a sweet picture-book depicting the life of Goldfish. Goldfish happily swim around their bowls; however, new things and fish are added every day which crowd his bowl. Goldfish has a variety of feelings, and is surprised that
GETTING OUT OF YOUR SPACE
When I was in grad school I had a professor who told us about the “Better. Better. Great.” philosophy. It really struck a chord with me way back when and 20+ years later, I still follow its principles. Better, Better, Great means that each day we should simply try to
The Power of One
Three Dog Night made famous the song and phrase, “One is the Loneliest Number.” I won’t be using that as my mantra. Instead, I believe more in “The Power of One.” Think of it like this old Breck commercial: My friend and fellow counselor, Jeff Ream, from the blog The
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ATTENDING A PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE
If you are reading this, congratulations! You’ll soon be off to an amazing adventure learning and growing as a school counselor! Attending a conference is a lot like going to the beach. It’s exciting and relaxing all at the same time. There are plenty of signs to take in and
(FIDGET) SPINNERS IN COUNSELING
Fidget Spinners are all the rage these days. They are in every grocery store, gas station, and school. Kids can’t seem to get enough of them– mine included, but, do they really help? Pros of fidget spinners: If you look on Pinterest, you will find a lot of other ways