Category: Academic Success

Using Minecraft to Help Build Academic Success

I have a student who LOVES Minecraft.  OK, make that MANY students who love Minecraft, but one in particular who is struggling with a class and who is getting down on the fact that school is sometimes hard.  I thought it would be a great idea to help by having

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Student Academic Success Skills

Friday was Progress Report Day.  That meant it was the end of the 5 week reporting period.  I ran my deficiency lists and know which students are failing a class.  In my aim to address student progress this year, I now have my list of students to target and work

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Things To Know When You Are A 504 Case Manager

This year I am the Case Manager for four 504 students.  That means I keep track of student 504 meetings, reporting student needs to teachers, communicating with parents, and basically keeping up to date with what is going on academically with these students.Here are some things to do when acting

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Middle School Counselors Should Learn About College Admissions

Middle School Counselors should learn the ins and outs of college admissions.  Just because we are not writing letters of recommendation to colleges, knowing what colleges are looking for, understanding financial aid, and understanding the different majors and career paths, are all important in helping middle school students and their

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Test Taking and Study Skills Bingo

I have been working on study skills with a group of 7th and 8th graders that I meet with weekly.  I look over their homework completion for the week and either reward them with a trip to the snack bar or “yell” at them for not doing their work.  OK,

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Working With Your Parent Teacher Organization

I love our PTSO (Parent Teacher Student Organization).  They are really supportive of our schools and are always willing to listen and help with anything that is needed.  I go to them a lot for different things, whether it is for help publicizing an event, volunteers for programs that are

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Winding Down The School Year

School’s over for summer, but there is still plenty to do.  Although I get a vacation, I still work 20+ days during the summer months.  Most of the time is sent working on next year’s schedule, but there are days to close up this school year.  Yesterday I spent my

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To Accelerate or Not Accelerate in Middle School

Sorry I didn’t post this sooner, but I did want to share this with everyone. The issue to accelerate or not accelerate students has grown every year in our district, and I am sure that as colleges become a bigger industry, this decision will just continue to grow.  Last Wednesday,

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Keep Calm and Test On

Most School Counselors act as Testing Coordinators.  I have been a coordinator for the ACTs, PSAT, PLAN, APs, and now NYS grade 5-8 ELA and Math Assessments.  I hate testing but it is a necessary evil.  How can you be a great testing coordinator?  It’s easy; plan ahead, expect last

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