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When Grief Hits School
This has been a sad week. We lost a beloved teacher to a year long battle to cancer. Her 3 children each attend one of the 3 buildings in our district. Thankfully we have a Crisis Team. If your school does not have one, encourage your administrators to put one
What You Do Matters at Mix It Up Day
This is what 400 student ideas look like on a bulletin board. What You Do Matters. This is our new saying at the Middle School this year. To help kick start this program, students were asked to name one thing that they could do to make our school a better
The Kindness Project: Random Acts of Kindness Challenge
For today’s Lunch Bunches, I presented my groups with a challenge: complete 14 Random Acts of Kindness by next Thursday, February 14th. As an incentive, I offered them a small prize if they were able to complete the challenge. (I have some coupons for Yogurtland for a free yogurt and
It’s Never Too Early To Start Thinking About Scholarships!
I nominated my first student for the Kohl’s Kids Who Care Scholarship just a few years ago. Although she didn’t win the grand prize, she did win a store gift certificate, which did help her with a new college wardrobe. Kohl’s is just one opportunity available to younger students. There are
How do you get the conversation started? Sometimes when you are working with groups, you need a little kick start for a conversation. I use some old fashioned icebreaker questions, but have given them a new look. I found some clear glass pebbles at a local craft store on sale
Promoting a College Going Culture in Your School
Early College Awareness is important. One of our main focuses these days as educators is making sure every student is career and college ready. There are thousands of colleges in the United States, and I bet many students would find it hard to name more than 25. Knowledge is power,
Getting The Word Out. . .Newsletters
Today is report card day, which also means that it’s newsletter day. I like to let parents know what has been happening in my little corner of the world, and about my work with their children. I also try to include information about parenting, homework, or issues we are seeing in
Kindness Hearts–Lunch Bunch Project
Thursday means Lunch Bunch. Today we continued our talk about being positive and keeping positive thoughts, as well as helping others to think of themselves in a positive light as well. The kids took strips of one-sided scrapbook paper and wrote positive quotes on the back of each strip. Each
All About Me and a great way to hang up student artwork
So, here is the finished artwork of several of my students, as they have completed their All About Me portraits. I found the idea on Pinterest on this pin. We started with a head that I drew and photocopied. Next the students had to fill up the head with things
When Students Need A Break
For many students, anxiety is difficult to deal with. They become on sensory overload and focusing in class can seem impossible. I have several students this year that I am working with who suffer from severe anxiety and panic attacks. While we work on deep breathing exercises, positive goal setting,
Lunch Bunch Thursday
Welcome to my first blog post. I hope you will find it enjoyable, and full of tips and ideas to help inspire your own counseling program. Today is Thursday, which means that today is Lunch Bunch. During our 4 lunch periods, I will see many students. Luckily my room is