Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I Have Some BIG News... Hint: I Can't Wait to Wake Up and Smell the Coffee!

Julia V. Taylor and Dr. Russ Sabella asked me to present School Counselor Blog during their session "Using the Internet to Perk Up Your School Counseling Program" at the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) Conference in Seattle, WA!!!  The session is part of the Pre-Conference program on June 25th.

Julia V. Taylor is a school counselor, author, and speaker. She wrote Girls in Real Life Situations (G.I.R.L.S,) Grades 6-12, G.I.R.L.S.: Grades K-5, Perfectly You, and Salvaging SisterhoodDr. Russ Sabella is a Professor of Counseling, creator of www.schoolcounselor.com and Guarding Kids. Both individuals are my school counseling idols and it feels surreal I will be presenting with them!

I have never been to an ASCA Conference before. I am attending the full conference.  I am excited to get re-energized, network, and be inspired by new ideas... I can't wait to share my journey with you all!

Are you attending the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) Conference? What session are you looking forward to?  If you have been to the conference before, do you have any tips for new attendees? Comment below, email metweet, 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.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

"Ideas are meaningless... It's all about execution."

There are many pieces of advice my dad has given me over the years. Many of these pieces of advice I have heard over and over again. I call them "dad-isms." I was reminded of a "dad-ism" today.

Today I assisted in day-long filming for our school's Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) program video. Our school's PBIS team has been working for months creating scripts, learning songs, rehearsing, and to get ready for today. It was a lot of work, but seeing the students' level of enthusiasm during the taping and hearing the students singing the songs made every second of planning worth it.

One of the teachers on the PBIS team stated that she was amazed that all of what we have accomplished resulted from of our conversations at the PBIS trainings we attended. Every aspect of our PBIS program we accomplished started out as an idea.

Through the various meetings we attended we came up with some great ideas! We had an idea to reward students with yellow tickets for showing the 3 R's: Ready, Respectful, and Responsible. We had an idea to get a large plush mascot for our school that classrooms could "win" for showing Ready, Respectful, and Responsible behavior. We had the idea to create a video showcasing our school's 3 R's and students showing the 3 R's in all areas of the school. We had the idea for students to create a song about the 3 R's for in the video.

We had so many ideas. However, we did not let our ideas stay ideas. We made ideas REALITY! Sure it took hard work and determination, (and sometimes frustration) but we did it. We made it happen.  We could have come up with reasons why it wouldn't work. We could have worried about the minutia and not focused on the big picture. We could have quit at any time... but we didn't.

Every aspect of what we did started out as an idea. When the teacher spoke about everything we accomplished starting out as ideas, I immediately thought of the "dad-ism": "Ideas are meaningless... It's all about execution." Anyone can have an idea... you have to do something with it or it will always be just that - an idea.

Executing an idea could change the whole climate of your school. Executing an idea could make students excited about following school rules and showing school pride. Executing an idea could bring joy to your heart and remind you of why you got into this profession in the first place.

How many ideas do you have floating around your head or scribbled on stray pieces of paper? What would it take for you to do something with just one of your ideas? How much of an impact could executing that one idea have? Comment below, email metweet, 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.

Monday, May 16, 2011

"Knock Knock, Who's There? WE ARE!"

I was first introduced to this powerful spoken word poem by Daniel Beaty at a Children of Incarcerated Parents training. I have since shared this video in individual sessions and group sessions with children and adolescents who have experienced the incarceration of a loved one.

Beaty's performance is candid and emotional. It doesn't matter how many times I have seen it, I still become tearful each time I watch it. I encourage you to watch it and share it with others!!! I have created a google document with the words to the poem: "Knock Knock."



"Knock Knock" serves as a powerful discussion starter for children who have experienced the incarceration of a loved one. Students often want to watch it over and over because it is so powerful.

The line that seems to stick with children the most is "Although we are our fathers' sons and daugthers, we are not their choices."  Often children experience guilt, shame, and stigma for having a parent or family member in jail. Hearing Beaty talk so openly about his experience and his proclamation that we have "the power to change this world" gives hope to students that they can make a difference.

Children experiencing the incarceration of a loved one are often an invisible population. Facilitating groups and individual sessions gives children a voice and helps them to feel less alone.

In order to identify students for individual and group sessions I make it known that I am a safe person to talk to about incarceration. When I introduce myself to students and/or whole classes I include incarceration in the list of the topics I discuss with students. I also give needs assessments that includes a question about experiencing the incarceration of a loved one.

I love that "Knock Knock" empowers children and gives them a voice. I look forward to your reactions to "Knock Knock" by Daniel Beaty.

Click here for more resources for working with children experiencing the incarceration of a loved one.

How will you utilize "Knock Knock" in your work with children and adolescents? Comment below, email metweet, 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, May 1, 2011

School Counselor Gift Ideas from Baudville

Character Pin - ExclamationsI first found out about Baudville when I received an anonymous exclamation lapel pin in my mailbox at the charter school where I worked.  I was so shocked and excited when I received it. It made me feel really good that someone noticed my hard work and was willing to offer me a token of appreciation!

Baudville has great products with messages that school counselors will love! Baudville is your one stop recognition shop! There are tons of different themed incentives and awards on Baudville's Website. There are even sections with FREE materials which includes e-cardsebooksprint and posts, and much, much more.

Baudville has a ton of different items. I picked some of my favorite items below. These items would make great gifts for supervisors, interns, new school counselors, and colleagues!  


Lapel Pins
Character Pin - Starfish: Making a Difference - Blue CardCharacter Pin - Power of One: You Make a World of DifferenceCharacter Pin - You Make the DifferenceCharacter Pin - You Made the Difference


Celebration Gift Sets
Celebration Gift Set - Making the DifferenceCelebration Gift Set - Starfish: Making a DifferenceCelebration Gift Set - You are Truly AppreciatedCelebration Gift Set - Essential Piece


Totes
Tote Bag - Imagine, Believe, AchieveTote Bag - You Make a World of DifferenceTote Bag - Making the DifferenceCharacter Totebag - Starfish Making a Difference


Travel Mugs


Travel Mug - Together We Can Make a DifferenceStainless Steel Travel Mug - Starfish: Making a DifferenceTravel Mug - You Make a World of DifferenceTravel Mug - Making the Difference


Note Cube Sets
Note Cube & Pen Gift Set - Imagine, Believe, AchieveNote Cube & Pen Gift Set - Starfish: Making the DifferenceNote Cube & Pen Gift Set - Making the DifferenceNote Cube & Pen Gift Set - Leading by Example
The items above are just some of the items that Baudville offers! Visit Baudville's website for more amazing products!


Do you have any school counselor gift ideas? Comment below, email metweet, 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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