Friday, August 31, 2012

Olympian Gabrielle Douglas Opens Up About Bullying

With many of our kids watching the Olympics this summer, what better way to start a discussion about bullying then listening to gymnast, Gabrielle Douglas's, story....

I will be using this clip as a conversation starter with students during a class lesson or small group.  

How can Gabrielle Douglas help you connect with students?

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Back to School Shopping!

Have you been to The Christmas Tree Shop yet for back to school shopping? It is by far the best place to find unique, cute, and AFFORDABLE things for your school counseling office. I purchased these adorable cuties there the other day.

You can use these kiddos to talk about anything!  Self esteem, friendship, character...the possibilites are endless!

Dont you just love the "peace shirt"?

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Comprehensive School Counseling

Have you seen this adorable video by Richard Cleveland about why we need comprehensive school counseling programs?

This video would be a great way to start a presentation to your Board of Education, staff, or parents to explain what we do!!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Exciting News...

I have decided to take a school counselor position at a PK-7 school closer to home! I am very excited to shorten my commute-I can walk now!! However, I am sad to leave all my former students and staff members behind. 

The decision to switch schools was not an easy one. I absolutely loved working at my old school. It was such a positive and fun experience. I learned SO much not only about being a school counselor, but about myself, and what I am capable of doing. For this, I will be forever grateful. However, like with anything new, it is always a little bit scary! Plus, the thought of starting all over again feels daunting. 

However, I must accentuate the positive! The population of my new school is very similar to my old, and I have the "formula" for what it takes to have a successful comprehensive school counseling program. 

I plan to take all my experience, knowledge, and energy, and put it to use at my new school.

Have you switched schools before? If so, what advice can you give?