The 6 Must Haves On Your School Counseling Website

Having control of the content your school counseling website is critical to the success of your program. If you aren’t able to be in control, you’d better work on your baking skills and make some cookies for you IT person, because they’ll be doing a lot of adding and editing on your behalf. The goalContinue reading “The 6 Must Haves On Your School Counseling Website”

25 Ways to Help Your Students Become More Confident

The Polk Mentoring Alliance has created an exceptional list of 25 confidence-building activities. Many of these activities can be done individually or in small or large group formats. Most of the ideas are low to no cost and often don’t require many supplies. I have outlined 7 of my favorites below. Positively imagining the futureContinue reading “25 Ways to Help Your Students Become More Confident”

Doing This Helps Teens Feel Happier, Less Anxious, & More Productive

For all of my high school and college counselors out there, this could be an amazing project for your students to learn emotional introspection (remotely.) Self-Authoring is an online program that allows students to learn writing skills, develop goal setting, and enhance their self-reflection skills by writing prompts regarding their past, present, and future. WritingContinue reading “Doing This Helps Teens Feel Happier, Less Anxious, & More Productive”

Why “Getting Good Grades” is a False Promise For Success

A few years ago, I encountered an 8th-grade student who was reading on a first-grade level and thought, “How does this happen?” It didn’t take long for me to figure it out, and now there is plenty of data to back up what I had once only suspected. Educators and parents alike continuously tell studentsContinue reading “Why “Getting Good Grades” is a False Promise For Success”

A Simple Intervention to Reduce Anxiety & Depression in Your School

Every student should feel they belong in school, but not every student thinks that they belong. When children don’t have at least one positive adult relationship in school, they are vulnerable to a myriad of maladies and are far less likely to achieve academic success. School connectedness is the strongest factor in reducing incidents ofContinue reading “A Simple Intervention to Reduce Anxiety & Depression in Your School”

Study Skills Jeopardy Game for Students

Testing season is upon us, and I wanted to share a lesson on helping students learn skills that will help them feel calm and confident before and during a test.  I could easily go on a tangent about the validity and relevance of the tests our students take, but instead, I’ll just give you supportContinue reading “Study Skills Jeopardy Game for Students”

How to Sell the Love of Learning and Get Them to Buy

How many teachers complain that their students don’t want to be in school?  Most?  What if we could change the way students value learning?  Maria Montessori said that “The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn.”  I happen to agree with Maria.  I want to createContinue reading “How to Sell the Love of Learning and Get Them to Buy”

How To Get Students to Stop Asking: ‘Is This for a Grade?’

“Test scores and measures of achievement tell you where a student is, but they don’t tell you where a student could end up.” –Carol Dweck Am I the only one who cringes when a student asks, “Is this for a grade?” I don’t think it’s not their fault. We have built a system where kidsContinue reading “How To Get Students to Stop Asking: ‘Is This for a Grade?’”

Work Smarter, Not Harder With These Free Lesson Plans

I firmly believe in the notion of working smarter, not harder, which is why I was so excited when I stumbled across The NED Show a character education program that provides a number of FREE lesson plans that you can print right from your computer.  The list of lesson topics includes many of the sameContinue reading “Work Smarter, Not Harder With These Free Lesson Plans”

The Power of Yet: A Free School Counseling Lesson

“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”  -Albert Einstein Teaching growth mindset to students is fundamental to ensure their educational success.  Students must understand that in order to reach our goals, we must step out of our comfort zone and try tasks that are just beyond our abilityContinue reading “The Power of Yet: A Free School Counseling Lesson”