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Celebrating Birthdays School-Wide

When I first started at the middle school, I noticed that some students had their lockers decorated by friends for their birthdays while many others did not.  Sometimes, students would come to me saying they were disappointed that their friends didn’t decorate their locker for their birthday.   I wanted to

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How Post-It Notes Can Change School Climate

First, let me forewarn you. I have an addiction to post-it notes. Honestly, I should take stock in the company. I can’t imagine a workday without them. They contain my daily list of things to do, people to see, parents to call, etc. Sticky notes line my desk as reminders

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Recently, the 8th grade team asked me if I wanted to come talk to the entire class of 71 students. I jumped at the chance to get into the classroom with them. I was so grateful to have the students for 77 minutes. 77 minutes is essentially 2 class periods.

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Bully Buster Dice Game

Here is one of my newest games on TpT!  The Bully Buster Dice game will help students learn what to do when they are being bullied.  Just roll the dice, pick a card, and then address and talk about the situation from the perspective of the bully, the bystander, or

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Planning A Transition to Middle School Event

Transitioning to middle school is not a throw-it-together-in-one-day event.  In fact, it takes months of planning and prepping. My process for transition is as follows: January— Send an email to 4th grade teachers at the elementary school to begin planning dates for transition visits. March— Confirm dates for visits.   Talk

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Why Be A Renegade?

If you look at the definition, most people wouldn’t want to be a renegade.  A traitor, a defector, a deserter.  I, however, want to challenge students to become a renegade.   Watch this video! What do you think it means to be a “Renegade?”  A rebel?  Yes.  One who defies all

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Together We Make A Masterpiece

I found these giant puzzle pieces at Oriental Trading Post and knew I had to use them because we have been talking about our uniqueness.  I also wanted everyone to see how everyone’s special talents and abilities allow us to work together and become something great.   The girls worked on

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Helping Kids Grow Their Self Esteem The JNP Project

While searching for Kindness Activities, I fell upon the JNP Project. I really liked what I saw, and a little while later, I saw they were connected to the School Counselor groups on Facebook.  I asked Dona Rudderow Sturn, who leads the group if she would be willing to talk

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A Lunch Bunch Lesson on Integrity

I don’t always do separate lessons for my girls groups and my boys groups, but this one I did just for the boys.  I knew that I wanted them to have an understanding of what integrity was, so as they were eating their lunches I started to ask them what

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I’ve been reading a lot of posts asking what things they need to do to get ready for back to school. I know many counselors have been asking this on the Facebook Groups, Caught In The Middle School Counselors and Elementary School Counselor Exchange. I’ve been a school counselor for

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Random Acts of Kindness Generator

I wanted something fun to do today with my boys during Lunch Bunch.   Both groups are very active, and I need some hands-on activities to keep them settled down and focused.  I often worry that they won’t like the craft projects I pick out, or that they will think

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