Wednesday, August 31, 2011

More Office Pics

Check out my carpet corner! How fabulous is that carpet!?! I purchased the chair and the pillows at the Christmas Shop for a BARGAIN price.  I am so excited to use this space for small groups! Students can grab a peace pillow to relax on while we read stories, play games, sing, etc.

Notice on the back wall, the "Making Good Choices" visual.  I love to refer to this when young students find themselves in a conflict and need to make a "good choice".  All I do is point to the wall, and ask which choice they would like to make!  On the side wall I display 10 PEACEFUL steps to take when in a conflict.  I use this poster with my older students.

What kind of visual/posters do you have in your office?  Do you find any more useful or effective then others?

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


"They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel." - Carol Buchner

Monday, August 29, 2011

A Tale of Tattletales!

 Don't Squeal Unless It's a BIG Deal, By Jeanie Franz Ronsom, is one of my favorite books.  I have read it with grades 1-3, but 2nd graders are my favorite age for this book.  They eat it up! Ronsom does a WONDERFUL job explaining the difference between tattling, and telling an adult to keep a friend safe. I also LOVE how Ronsom explains the difference between kid size problems, and problems where you need an adult to help.  After I finish reading the story, I ask for two volunteers to role play different tattling or telling scenarios. The class then has to decide if the scenario is a kid or adult size problem.  The students absolutely love this!  Use this book for a fun, easy, and effective lesson :)

Friday, August 26, 2011

So Fresh and So Clean!

I'm so excited about the new set up in my office this year.  Here is a look at my desk and closet.  In my closet I store art supplies, office supplies,  games, and books (lots of books).  I spent many days cleaning and organizing, and my hard work totally paid off.  The space brings clarity and new energy-cant wait to share the space with my students :)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Goal Guru

One of my most important tasks in August is to set attainable goals for the coming school year.  I encourage my students to set goals, and I expect the same of myself. 

Goals help to keep me focused!  There are just SO many different projects and activities I would love to take on I could easily become overwhelmed and (gasp) end up getting nothing done. I find writing down specific goals and listing the steps I can take to achieve them helps to keep me centered and driven.

I will blog the successes and failures of my goals as the school year continues.

Goal 1: Organize a school wide Bucket Filling Campaign using Carol McCloud's Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

Goal 2: Organize a community service project for my student leaders. 

Goal 3: Start an attendance incentive program.

Goal 4: Communicate via the internet with parents, staff, and other counselors.

What are your goals this school year? How do you stay focused and driven?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

New Year, Same Beliefs

As the new school year closes in, it is easy to become overwhelmed thinking about the year ahead.  The following are three of my core beliefs that keep me energized day in and day out:

1. Organization is EVERYTHING!
I am constantly updating my calendar to be aware of important dates, and to have adqueate time to prepare for upcoming events.

Keeping my files in an organized fashion is extremely important as well. I need to have access to my student's files in a moments notice.   I do this by having a binder for each grade level.  Once I meet with a student I then create a folder for them, and hole punch that into the binder. This keeps everything organized and clearly labeled for easy access! I LOVE labels!

2. Marketing
My program is only as strong as I make it! I have to advocate for myself and my program ALL the time.  Since I am the only counselor at my school, I constantly have to communicate my mission to students, staff, adminstrators, and parents.  Stay tuned to find out how I do this...

3. When times get kind to yourself!
It is so easy to become overwhelmed. My motto is to do my very best, with the resources and skills that I have, ONE DAY AT TIME.  This saying keeps me grounded and gives me a sense of calm in a school counseling world that is often full of chaos.

What are your core beliefs?  What keeps you motivated?