Sunday, October 31, 2010

Seasonal Find: Halloween Play-doh


End of the season sales are a great time to stock up on items to use in your school counseling office!

I love getting a good deal. I especially enjoy end of the season sales! At end of season sales you can find products at deeply discounted prices because stores want to sell products fast so they have room to merchandise for the next season. I have found some great deals on items for use in my school counseling office at end of season sales. The end of the Halloween season is an especially good time to stock up on items!

This week I will be highlighting a few seasonal Halloween items to utilize in your school counseling office!

Seasonal Find: Halloween Play-doh

Play-doh is a great item to get at a discount after Halloween, Christmas, and Easter.  Stores such as Target, Wal-Mart, K-Mart, and even grocery stores sell seasonally packaged party packs of Play-doh with an colorful assortment of fun-sized cans.
For the Halloween season, most department stores carry 20 pack "Trick or Treat"Bags and some carry 80 pack "Trick or Treat" Bags. In the past, I have found Play-doh "Trick or Treat" bags anywhere from 30%-90% off the original price.

How to use Play-doh in School Counseling

Play-doh can be used in a variety of ways in a school counseling setting. I have a Play-Doh Duffel Bag with tools and manipulatives for students to use, however I dislike how the big cans of Play-doh dry out so quickly. Instead of using big Play-doh cans in my office, I like to give students their own party-sized Play-doh can to use when they come and see me.  At the end of the year, I allow them to keep their party-sized can.

I also use Play-doh for specific techniques in an individual and group counseling setting. One activity I like to facilitate with groups is what I call "Play-doh Personalities." I have the students think about an animal that has a personality similar to their own.  Once each student has an animal in mind, I instruct the students to mold the animal out of Play-doh. After everyone has created an animal, I have the students share what they created and how that animal's personality is like their own. It is a fun activity and students really enjoy it. I have also use this activity in individual counseling sessions.

In a previous blog post about anger management groups I facilitate, I wrote about an activity from Seeing Red: An Anger Management and Peacemaking Curriculum for Kids that utilizes Play-doh. Students create ways they can cope with their anger using Play-doh.

Visit Hasbro's Play-doh website for additional Play-doh ideas.

How do you use play-doh in your work with students?

What seasonal finds will you use in your school counseling office? 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.

  

Winner of "No Kidding About Bullying"

The winner of No Kidding About Bullying is.... (Scroll down to see if you were the lucky winner!)

 
Entry #3 Brandi Bowers
 

Congratulations!!!! Please email me your contact information so I can have Free Spirit Publishing send you your copy of No Kidding About Bullying: 125 Ready-to-Use Activities to Help Kids Manage Anger, Resolve Conflicts, Build Empathy, and Get Along (Bully Free Classroom).

Thank you to everyone who entered School Counselor Blog's "No Kidding About Bullying Contest." All School Counselor Blog readers can order a copy of No Kidding About Bullying: 125 Ready-to-Use Activities to Help Kids Manage Anger, Resolve Conflicts, Build Empathy, and Get Along by clicking on the link provided.
 
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.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

School Counselor Blog Contest: Win "No Kidding About Bullying"

No Kidding About Bullying: 125 Ready-to-Use Activities to Help Kids Manage Anger, Resolve Conflicts, Build Empathy, and Get Along (Bully Free Classroom)I am excited to announce School Counselor Blog's first contest!

Would you like to win a great resource? Check out my two latest posts Naomi Drew Interview - Part 1 and  Naomi Drew Interview - Part 2. Listen to the podcast interviews about Naomi Drew's new book, No Kidding About Bullying.
 
The Giveaway:
1 winner will be chosen at random on Sunday, October 31st. The winner will receive a copy of No Kidding About Bullying: 125 Ready-to-Use Activities to Help Kids Manage Anger, Resolve Conflicts, Build Empathy, and Get Along from Free Spirit Publishing!
 
Get No Kidding About Bullying Now: All School Counselor Blog readers can order a copy of No Kidding About Bullying: 125 Ready-to-Use Activities to Help Kids Manage Anger, Resolve Conflicts, Build Empathy, and Get Along by clicking on the link provided.


How to enter:
Add a relevant comment to either Naomi Drew Interview - Part 1 or Naomi Drew Interview - Part 2 about Naomi Drew's new book, No Kidding About Bullying.  The comment must appear on Naomi Drew Interview - Part 1 or  Naomi Drew Interview - Part 2 (not on Facebook).

Want bonus entries?
Share on Facebook, Twitter, your Blog, about the contest or a specific blog post. Make sure to provide links to back to my site, contest or article. For each place you visit and do this, come back this specific contest page and leave a comment explaining what you did and where!

Good luck everyone!

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.



Interview with Naomi Drew Podcast - Part 2

No Kidding About Bullying: 125 Ready-to-Use Activities to Help Kids Manage Anger, Resolve Conflicts, Build Empathy, and Get Along (Bully Free Classroom)In the second half of my interview with Naomi Drew about her new book, No Kidding About Bullying: 125 Ready-to-Use Activities to Help Kids Manage Anger, Resolve Conflicts, Build Empathy, and Get Along, Ms. Drew describes interviewing students for her book, shares ideas schools can utilize for developing empathy, and gives an example of how one school used the "Win/Win" guidelines with students.

Listen to the second half of the podcast interview by clicking below!

School Counselor Blog - Namoi Drew Interview - Part 2 by schcounselor

Listen to Part 1 of the interview.

Visit http://bit.ly/NoKiddingAboutBullying for more information about the book and free downloads.

Also, visit Naomi Drew's blog: http://authornaomidrew.blogspot.com.
 
What topics would you like to hear about on the School Counselor Blog Podcast? 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.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Interview with Naomi Drew Podcast - Part 1

No Kidding About Bullying: 125 Ready-to-Use Activities to Help Kids Manage Anger, Resolve Conflicts, Build Empathy, and Get Along (Bully Free Classroom)I had the opportunity to interview Naomi Drew, internationally recognized author, speaker, and advocate of conflict resolution and bullying education, about her new book, No Kidding About Bullying: 125 Ready-to-Use Activities to Help Kids Manage Anger, Resolve Conflicts, Build Empathy, and Get Along.

To listen to the podcast, click below!


School Counselor Blog - Naomi Drew Interview Part 1 by schcounselor

Listen to Part 2 of the interview.

Visit http://bit.ly/NoKiddingAboutBullying for more information about the book and free downloads.

Also, visit Naomi Drew's blog: http://authornaomidrew.blogspot.com.
 
What topics would you like to hear about on the School Counselor Blog Podcast? 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.


Saturday, October 16, 2010

Keeping Track of Counselor Notes

A reader asked for ideas for how to maintain counseling notes and information.

Q: First of all thanks for the effort and energy you put into your fabulous blog, it is really great!
I am curious as to what kind of system you use to maintain student information? How is it that you maintain student records, keep track of counseling sessions, and other valuable information that can easily be lost without some sort of system in place? Any feedback on this would be great!


A: Keeping track of notes and information was a struggle for me until my colleague, Shelly Blair, introduced me to Microsoft Access. As a side note, Shelly recently wrote a guest blog post for School Counselor Blog: Creating a Portable Sand Tray.

Shelly introduced me to Microsoft Access to keep track of students and notes. I use the "issue database," which can be downloaded for free. This is the best system I have found so far because it is free and it can be password protected. It is really easy to use. I was new to Microsoft Access and picked it up very quickly. I store each student as an "issue" and use the "contacts" to record the teacher name and my own name. I make the teacher the "assigned to" section and the "opened by" section say my name.

For "status" I assign teacher referral, admin referral, self referral, parent referral or counselor referral. For "priority" I assign individual, individual & group, and group.  For "categories," I add presenting concerns such as grief/loss, new student, attendance, etc.  In the comment section I record my notes. I write the date and then write brief observable notes about the session. In the comment section, I also include telephone numbers and other information I may need to access later.

Another great benefit of the "issue database" is that you can view charts by priority, status, category, and the teacher assigned to the student. This a great way to see which students share the same presenting problem.  I use this when starting a group to see which students I should screen.

Click below to view and download the "issue database."
http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/templates/issue-database-TC001218693.aspx

Click here for a tutorial on how to password protect your database.
http://databases.about.com/od/tutorials/ss/passwordprotect.htm

How do you keep track of student information? 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.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Red Ribbon Week Theme Idea

Red Ribbon Week is October 25th-29th.  Red Ribbon Week is a week to raise awareness about the importance of being drug free.

This year our theme for Red Ribbon week is "Believe, Achieve, Succeed - Drug Free!" All of the events we planned for Red Ribbon Week are related career to reinforce the school to career connection and the importance of students choosing to be drug free for their future.

Below are descriptions of events we are hosting for Red Ribbon Week. 

School Spirit Day
For School Spirit Day we are asking all students, faculty, and staff to show school pride by wearing school colors.

College, University, Trade School, and Military Day
For College, University, Trade School, and Military Day we are asking students to show pride for their future by wearing a favorite college, university, trade school, or military shirt. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to participate.

We contacted local colleges, universities, trade schools, and military recruitment agencies to get giveaways, such as shirts, pens, pencils, stickers, pins, and pennants. We are planning to use the giveaways as prizes for our Positive School Wide Behavior Intervention and Support Plan (SWPBIS).

Dress for Success Day
On Dress for Success Day, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to dress their best and look ready for success.

Career Dream Day For Career Dream Day, we are encouraging students to answer the question? What is your dream career? Students will be permitted to wear clothing that matches their future career dream. For example, if a student wants to be in the army, they could wear a camouflage outfit. If the student wants to be a nurse or a doctor, they could wear scrubs)

Wear Red Day
For Wear Red Day we are encouraging students, faculty, and staff to wear red and pledge to be drug free for your future! “Celebrate Red Ribbon Week –not just for a day, but for life!”

How are you celebrating Red Ribbon Week? 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.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Where Can School Counselors Find Great Deals on Pencils for Incentives and Giveaways?

Raymond Geddes Incentive Pencils 144 Pack (64244)A reader asked for suggestions of where to get good deals on bulk pencils for incentives and giveaways.

Q: I love reading your blog you have some great ideas.  I had a quick question.  Do you have a place were you buy pencils in bulk?  I want some pencils as small incentives for kids and I am having a hard time finding some cheap pencils in bulk.  I'm probably looking for 2-300; do you have any recommendations for me?

A: Thanks for reading my blog! I am glad you are finding great ideas here! Here are some recommendations I have for places to get good deals on bulk pencils. I have ordered from all of these websites before.  
Raymond Geddes Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You'll Go! Pencils, 72 per Display , Assorted (67816)
Amazon
Amazon has lots of different kinds of incentive pencils, including Dr. Seuess, specific holidays, birthday and more. I created a section on my Amazon Store for Incentives & Giveaways, where I included my favorites. I personally like the Raymond Geddes pencils the most. Raymond Geddes has a website with more designs, but the pencils are cheaper on Amazon and ship free with a $25 or more purchase. 

Smilemakers
Smilemakers has a variety of incentive pencils. Smilemakers has pencil sampler packs of 250 pencils. Some Smilemakers designs include teacher sampler pack, foil pencil sampler, and motivational pencil sampler. All of Smilemakers sample packs come in a reusable plastic tub. Sign up to receive emails from Smilemakers and get alerts to promotional discounts, such as free shipping.

Oriental Trading Company
Oriental Trading Company also has great deals on bulk pencils. Some Oriental Trading Company designs include motivational, mega pencil assortment, and patriotic. Oriental Trading Company has free shipping on purchases of $49 or more. Oriental Trading Company also sells customizable pencils.


Do you have a favorite place to get good deals on bulk pencils? 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.

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