New School Counselor Must-Haves

Congrats on your new gig! If you’re just getting started, this will give you the basics of what you’ll need to get started. I went through my own Amazon list to share my favorites. Basic Supply List I love Amazon as much as the next gal, but a lot of my office toys came fromContinue reading “New School Counselor Must-Haves”

6 Signs School Counseling is the Right Career for You

School Counseling is unlike traditional therapy in a lot of ways because you aren’t able to have the frequency of sessions and depth of processing that you’d have in traditional therapy, school counseling work is more like triage. However, what you lack in formal and frequent sessions, you more than make up for by beingContinue reading “6 Signs School Counseling is the Right Career for You”

What’s Below the Anger? It’s Not What You Think: 10 Tips to a Calming a Tantrum

Most adults assume that what we see is what we get. I’ve had a number of conversations over the years with teachers (and parents) who were completely perplexed by a child that had “gone off” seemingly without provocation. These poor people were totally bewildered, “I told him to get his book out, and he startedContinue reading “What’s Below the Anger? It’s Not What You Think: 10 Tips to a Calming a Tantrum”

How Do You Know if Your Small Group is Successful?

Most school counselors work so hard to fit everything into their schedule that they often forget to see if what they are doing is actually working. Today we will explore the process for evaluating small group effectiveness. What’s the goal of your intervention? First things first, you must come up with a goal for theContinue reading “How Do You Know if Your Small Group is Successful?”

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”

Curriculum Plan for First Year Elementary School Counselors

A lot of things are indeed slower down South, but when it comes to school counseling, we’re making huge strides.  This past year, my district developed “action committees” in which veteran counselors were asked to create curriculum maps that included all of the Tennessee State Standards. That means that each student would be taught eachContinue reading “Curriculum Plan for First Year Elementary School Counselors”

What Should You Share with Your School Counseling Advisory Committee?

It’s finally here, the end of the school year and the final advisory committee meeting.  Now is the time to reflect on the program and determine what is essential to continue for next year and what should be eliminated.  What worked and what didn’t?  An advisory committee will help make these determinations, but what exactlyContinue reading “What Should You Share with Your School Counseling Advisory Committee?”

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?’”

This Is Why We Teach Kids How To Dream

“Fear and lack of imagination choke your dreams so that you already know on the day that you’re born just where you’ll die and who it is that’ll bury you.” -Barack Obama I keep going back to the notion that we don’t know what we don’t know. I taught a lesson this week about perseveranceContinue reading “This Is Why We Teach Kids How To Dream”