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Way back in the day, I didn’t give attending a professional school counselor conference any consideration at all. I was a recent grad, had no extra money, and didn’t have time. Fast forward a few years and I had a toddler and twin babies that I couldn’t leave, still no
Career Exploration is a process. It isn’t a one time event, there are lots of things to consider, and it takes years to really figure out what is the best possible career for us. Do you like working with people, things, data, or ideas? Do you want to work inside
I am excited to go to the 5th grade classes soon! I have my tennis balls ready and a great lesson to help them learn why setting goals is so important! I’m starting the students out by having them reflect on their year and thinking about the upcoming year. From
I had the opportunity to spend 3 days in the 8th grade classrooms. Teachers had asked if I could talk to them about perseverance, getting ready for high school, and their future. After debating for several days about what to teach, I finally decided on setting goals, academic success skills,
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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