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My lunch bunch groups were talking about what makes us special and unique. Here is a recent lesson that I did with them that teaches about looking beyond our first glance and looking deeper.To begin, I had students take a piece of paper and their favorite color marker. I asked
Each year we have our fourth graders come for a visit. It’s part of our transition to middle school. It takes a lot of planning and putting together, but it is a special program for both the current 5th graders and our soon to be 5th graders.Starting in January, I
One of the things I love most about being a middle school counselor is running groups. I love being able to talk with the kids up close and personal while teaching them skills at the same time. What I have learned over the years, is that some groups (actually for
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
A few counselors on our Facebook pages have asked for a new t-shirt. Well, here it is! Each shirt will give a donation to the School Counselor Community Scholarship, where Jeff, The Counseling Geek and I will send as many counselors as we can to the ASCA conference next year!
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 Counseling
Yesterday I had the opportunity to do a 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.
Happy Thursday Everyone! Today’s photo challenge was to send pictures of Thank You’s you have received. This one is the special. . . In addition, I want to remind everyone it’s not too late to thank a School Counselor that you know!
For the weeks that led up to today I have been reading post after post about celebrating #NSCW16. Many colleagues have stated, “Why should I celebrate National School Counseling Week? After all, isn’t it a week of appreciation for me? Don’t I deserve the recognition? We appreciate our teachers, why
Here is my message for the teachers’ mailboxes. I tried to incorporate this year’s NSCW theme: School Counseling: The Recipe For Success into my message. Also today’s #NCSW16 photo challenge was to “put the school in school counselor.” (My son is helping me stress the importance of the words–School Counselor.)
Today is Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 and it’s the start of National School Counseling Week. I want to emphasize “Counseling” and not”Counselor” Week. There is a big difference. Today is the start of a week long effort to promote our profession and to let others know the great work that
Smart Guidance is an interactive computer/smart board program for school counseling. It can be used with individual students, with small groups, and with classrooms and larger groups. There are sound effects and animations that help to engage students and topics included from study skills, self-regulation, anger management, peer pressure,