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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
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
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
I tried a new lesson with my Lunch Bunch groups, and this will be going into the “keep” pile. I loved the message and the kids loved the project that went along with it. When the kids came in I asked them, “How many of you have been to, or
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
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
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
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