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"My life belongs to the community..."

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"I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as i live, it is my privlege to do for it whatever I can," by George Bernard Shaw This poster was featured in the Spring 2009 issue of Teaching Tolerance Magazine . I love this quote and wanted to share it with others! If you click on the poster you will be directed to the Teaching Tolerance website ! What are your favorite posters or quotes? Comment below,  email me ,  tweet , or share on the  School Counselor Blog Facebook Page ! Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and blogger at  School Counselor Blog , a place where school counselors share innovative ideas,  creative lesson plans,  and quality resources.  Contact Danielle via  email , follow her on  twitter , and become a fan of the  School Counselor Blog Facebook Page .

The Lorax "Unless..."

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"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, it's not going to get better. It's not." The Lorax by Dr. Seuss In celebration of Earth Day, I read The Lorax by Dr. Seuss to a 5 th grade class. I used this classic Dr. Seuss book to teach students that they have the power to make a difference, not only for the environment, but for their school and community. I asked if anyone in the class had ever read or heard The Lorax before. Only one student in the class had read the book. The students were very engaged in the story. I asked them questions during while reading such as "How do you think the Lorax felt when the Oncelor did not heed his advice?" and "How do you think the other characters, such as the Barbaloots felt during the story?" The students had great answers. They commented that the Barbaloots may have felt "devastated," "depressed," "lost," etc. After reading The Lorax ,  I asked students

Happy Earth Day!

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Stay tuned for my reflections on an Earth Day lesson for 5th graders ! How do you celebrate Earth Day at school? Comment below,  email me ,  tweet , or share on the  School Counselor Blog Facebook Page ! Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and blogger at  School Counselor Blog , a place where school counselors share innovative ideas,  creative lesson plans,  and quality resources.  Contact Danielle via  email , follow her on  twitter , and become a fan of the  School Counselor Blog Facebook Page .

"The Sneetches," Diversity, and Cooperation

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"The Sneetches got really quite smart on that day. That day they decided that Sneetches are Sneetches And no kind of Sneetch is the best on the beaches. That day all the Sneetches forgot about stars and whether they had one, or not, upon thars." The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss First Graders listening to The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss I taught a lesson for first-grade classes on respect, diversity, cooperation, and in clu ding others. First, I read The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss to the students. The students seemed to really enjoy the book. While we read The Sneetches we talked about how the plain-bellied Sneetches felt when the star-bellied Sneetches would not include them in activities. Some comments the students made were that the Sneetches without stars felt sad, angry, lonely, left out, depressed, etc. We also discussed "okay" and "not okay" behavior. Students commented that the star-bellied Sneetches were showing "not okay" behavio

Pennsylvania School Counselor Association Conference

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"Imprisoned Spirits" presentation at PSCA (L to R: Dr. Bill McHenry, Clare Kenny, Natasha Nayduch, Danielle Conrad and Dr. Marcy Douglass) At the Pennsylvania School Counseling Association (PSCA) Conference, my professors, fellow school counseling colleagues, and I presented our work with children of incarcerated parents. Our session was titled "Imprisoned Spirits: Leading Change in Helping Students with Incarcerated Parents." We had a great turn out. I was excited by people's interest in our topic and their willingness to work with children of incarcerated parents. My groups of children of incarcerated parents are coming to an end this coming week. We have our last session on Monday and our party on Friday. The students are so excited about the party on Friday, but are sad for the groups to end. Comment below,  email me ,  tweet , or share on the  School Counselor Blog Facebook Page ! Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Nationally Certified