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Mindfulness in School Counseling

Mindfulness can help students increase their academic performance, develop social skills, and provide them with coping mechanisms to handle they stressors. Mindfulness can also help students become more confident because as they learn to control their emotions and learn to self-regulate, they feel better about navigating life’s difficult situation.  I

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5 Tips For Starting A GSA At Your Middle School

A few months ago, a couple of my students asked me if I would talk to my administration to see if we would be able to start a GSA–or Gender-Sexuality Alliance also known as Gay-Straight Alliance.  They wanted to have a place for students to come together in a safe place

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100 Affirmations To Help Build Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence

Affirmations are words we say to ourselves to affirm our self-worth.   What we tell ourselves reinforces our self-esteem and can be either positive or negative.  It’s important to help our students build a positive mindset.  Our mindsets becomes our belief systems about ourselves and if we work at telling ourselves positive affirmations,

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Best On-Screen School Counselors

As we head into the holidays, I thought it would be a nice change of pace to find a way to give way to the seasonal stress and spend a moment to de-stress with a little humor in our profession. When Sam Frenzel, a writer for Teach.com, asked me if

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How to be a Tech Savvy School Counselor

Here is my presentation and links to the different tech tools that will help you to be a tech-savvy school counselor. For Notetaking/ Inspiration and Ideas/Lesson Planning: •  Evernote–   •  PollEverywhere    •  Livebinders    •  Pinterest  https://www.pinterest.com/ •  Dropbox   For Presentations and Newsletter: •  Emaze–   •  Prezi •  HaikuDeck –   •  Powtoon–   •  YouTube       YouTube Downloader–

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Be The Change — A Lesson on Empathy

It’s important to help students understand the importance of empathy–especially with the recent natural disasters, the shootings, and the political climate.  One song I love that reminds me of this premise is Michael Jackson’s “Man In The Mirror”.   If you want to make changes, you have to look at

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20 Ways To Increase Self Esteem

Most students I see, whether it’s for a social skills group, drama problems, academic troubles, family groups, or friendship issues, all seem to have one thing in common.  Their self-confidence has taken a hit somewhere along the line.  If we can help them to feel better about themselves, then we

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(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: Kids Feel Socially Accepted – If a student has a fidget spinner, they are

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