Saturday, November 26, 2011

"Rudolph" {giveaway} Winner Announced!


Congratulations to Becky!  





Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest and shared great ideas of how you would use Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in your work with students!  


Read the comment section on the closed giveaway post for great ideas of how you can use the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Bullying Lesson with your students!


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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. Connect with Danielle via email, follow her on twitter, add her on LinkedIn or Google+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.


Thursday, November 24, 2011

{giveaway} *Winner Announced* Black Friday Giveaway: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" DVD

Rudolph The Red Nosed ReindeerI am hosting a Black Friday Giveaway for the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer DVD!

Last year I showed Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to sixth grade classes for a lesson about Rudolph and Bullying.

Last week I taught a lesson about being a "hero bystander" in a 7th grade class using Confessions of a Former Bully. During the lesson I asked if anyone could give me a definition of a bystander.  A student raised their hand and said, "a bystander is someone who watches bullying happen and adds to it, like the other reindeer when you showed us Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."

I was so excited that a student referenced the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Bullying lesson I did last year!

The Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Bullying lesson could be used for many different grade levels.

Check out the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Bullying lesson to see the discussion points I came up with for the movie.

How would you use Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in your work with students? What creative ideas do you have for incorporating Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer into a lesson? Share your idea in the comment section below for a chance to win a copy of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!

The Giveaway:
One lucky winner (Continental U.S. only) will be chosen at random to win a copy of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer on DVD. The contest for this giveaway will be closed at midnight and a winner will be announced on this item's contest page on November 26th.

How to enter:
Add a relevant comment to this contest page about how you would use Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in your work with students. The comment must appear on this item's contest page. 

Want bonus entries?
Share on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or your Blog, about the contest or a specific item's contest page. Make sure to provide links back to the contest page or a specific item's contest page. For each place you visit and do this, come back to the item's contest page and leave a comment explaining where you shared information about the contest!

Good luck everyone!


THE GIVEAWAY IS OVER FOR THIS ITEM.


Congratulations to Becky!  





Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest and shared great ideas of how you would use the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in your work with students!  Read the comment section below for great ideas!


Comments are now closed.



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. Connect with Danielle via email, follow her on twitter, add her on LinkedIn or Google+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.



Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I'm thankful for YOU!

I am thankful for so many things... 

I am thankful for my amazing family and friends who love and support me in everything I do.  They mean the world to me and I am so fortunate it to have them in my life.

I am thankful for all of the students I work with who inspire me and fuel my passion for school counseling.

I am thankful for all of the amazing school counselors and educators I have been able to connect with through School Counselor Blog! You brighten my day everyday when I interact with you through comments, emailFacebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Thank you for sharing and caring all year round! 

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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. Connect with Danielle via email, follow her on twitter, add her on LinkedIn or Google+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

How to Make Flower Pens

My mom made adorable gerber daisy flower center pieces for the tables at my bridal shower. The flowers are colorful, bright, and cheerful.


I thought the flowers would be great for Career Café tables to add some ambiance and make Career Café feel even more like a cafe experience.

Then, I got an idea to make the flowers even better and serve two purposes, by making flower pens!


I have always wanted to make flower pens... now I had a great excuse! Watch the video below to learn how to make your own flower pens!


I realized while making the flower pens that they would make a great gift for a school counselor, teacher, principal or educator. Really, they would make a great gift for anyone who has a desk. ;) I love that they serve a purpose and look cute!


Here's a picture of the flower pens on a Career Café table.



Have you ever made flower pens? How would you use flower pens in your work as a school counselor? Comment below, tweetcontact Danielle, 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. Connect with Danielle via email, follow her on twitter, add her on LinkedIn or Google+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

"Middle School: This American Life"


I am a big fan of This American Life. This episode about Middle School aired recently. You can listen to it below. I am interested to hear your reactions to it!


What do you think about the This American Life: Middle School episode? Are the issues discussed similar to the challenges you face in your school? Comment below, tweetcontact Danielle, 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. Connect with Danielle via email, follow her on twitter, add her on LinkedIn or Google+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Feeling PUZZLED? School Counselors Can Help You Put it All Together! Bulletin Board


I made a bulletin board for my office that highlights some of the "puzzling" things that middle school students deal with on a daily basis.

There are many different things middle school students face that can make life confusing.  Some of these puzzling things include: homework, friends, family, high school options, a parent being sick, a death of a loved one, or someone you love being in prison, and much more.

This "Feeling PUZZLED?"bulletin board will serve as a conversation starter for students. 

I liked the idea of using the play on words from the "puzzle" theme to help students understand school counselors can play a role in helping them cope with the puzzling aspects of their lives.

In the corner of the board I put some puzzle pieces together and wrote, "School counselors can help you put it all together!"

I plan to use the blank puzzle pieces for student suggestions of "puzzling" things to add to the board.

"Feeling PUZZLED?" Bulletin Board How To
To make the "Feeling PUZZLED?" Bulletin Board I used yellow roll paper, to cover the board. I cut out puzzle pieces on different colors of cardstock using my Cricut Expression paper cutting machine. The cricut cartridge I used for the puzzle pieces is Locker Talk.

I cut the words "Feeling PUZZLED?" out on black cardstock using my  Cricut Expression paper cutting machine cartridge font Jubilee.

I wrote on the puzzle pieces using a black Sharpie permanent marker. I stapled the puzzle pieces and words to the yellow background.

I used a green and white polka dot boarder I purchased at the Dollar Tree to line the bulletin board. Here's a link to a similar green and white polka dot border.


Have you made any bulletin boards lately? What ideas do you have for school counseling bulletin boards? Comment below, tweetcontact Danielle, 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. Connect with Danielle via emailTwitterPinterestLinkedInGoogle+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.





Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Where do you find out about events to celebrate in your school?

I have gotten many questions recently about how I find out about school counseling and educational related events.

Below are some resources I use to find out about events that I can celebrate and spread awareness about in my school.

National Education Association
NEA has an Educational Events Calendar and Diversity Calendar on their website.  Both calendars are packed with details and links to information about events you can celebrate in your school.

A Year of School Counseling
A Year of School Counseling has lots of great ideas of how to celebrate events and includes activities and lesson ideas that correspond with events. A Year of School Counseling also has suggestions for monthly themes related to events. A Year of School Counseling includes bookmarks for each month that you can copy and give to students and staff!

The American School Counseling Association Magazine
The American School Counselor Association magazine has upcoming events in the back of each magazine. This is a great reminder of events so you can start planning for the next few months!

Where do you find out about educational events? Comment below, tweetcontact Danielle, 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. Connect with Danielle via email, follow her on twitter, add her on LinkedIn or Google+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Cheery Mirror + Scented Soap = Moral Booster

On Friday, after putting HUGs in mailboxes and bringing breakfast treats, I decided I wanted to spread some more cheer.

There is a bathroom at the end of the hallway that is just depressing looking inside.... and don't know about you, but I very much dislike school soap.

Over the summer I bought some Bath and Body Works soap in fun scents to keep in my office. Before I moved downstairs to the Student Services Suite I had a sink in my office. They kids enjoyed using fun smelling soap.

I got the idea the other day to "donate" my scented soap to this dismal bathroom. Then on Friday, when I was on my way to take the soap to the bathroom I got an idea.

I turned around and went back to get my window markers. I drew a sun, some clouds, grass and flowers on the bathroom mirror. I also wrote " Have a great day!" on the mirror. (It is hard to see in this picture because of the reflection of the paper towel holder.) I put my Citrus Blueberry Swirl soap on the sink.

The bathroom looks more cheery and makes me smile! :)

I am planning to do this to some of the other bathrooms too. I'll let you know what the reaction is.

Comment below, tweet, contact Danielle, 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. Connect with Danielle via email, follow her on twitter, add her on LinkedIn or Google+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

A HUG from Your School Counselor

I got the idea to give the staff at my school HUGS during the School Counselor Tweet Chat about collaboration.

Kelly (@KJohnson222), a school counselor who participated in the School Counselor Tweet Chat, mentioned that she puts Hershey's Kisses in the staff mailboxes at her school. She doesn't tell anyone it was her. She uses this as a moral booster.

I loved this idea! Our school is in definite need of a morale boost.

I decided to use Hershey's Hugs instead of Hershey's Kisses.

I made little cards that say "Thought you could use a HUG or two!" to use the play on words with the Hugs.  I put the card and two Hugs in each mailbox. I put an additional card and more Hugs near the sign in sheet.

I did not write on the cards that the Hugs were from me. :)

Just the act of giving Hugs boosted my morale and really made my Friday much better than usual! School has been very stressful and challenging lately. This was a great pick me up because it felt good doing something positive for everyone - even if they didn't know who did it!

I also got a Friday breakfast treat of pumpkin doughnut holes for the everyone in the student service suite area! Can you tell I was determined to have a good Friday?! ;) 

To make the little cards I printed the "Thought you could use a HUG or two!" message on card stock and cut it with my personal paper cutter. I made a PDF version of the "Thought you could use a HUG or two!" message for you to use at your school!

What do you do to boost morale at your school? Have you tried giving HUGS to your staff? What was the reaction? Comment below, tweetcontact Danielle, 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. Connect with Danielle via email, follow her on twitter, add her on LinkedIn or Google+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

#SCCHAT Transcript: Collaboration with Stakeholders (November 1, 2011)

The fourth School Counselor Tweet Chat was held on November 1, 2011 at 8pmEST!

School Counselor Tweet Chat is a collaboration between School Counselor Blog and SCOPE.

We chatted about collaboration with teachers, administration, parents, and community members! Jen Grossman, president elect of the Missouri School Counselor Association was our host this month. School counselors shared great ideas for collaboration!

Read the full transcript via google documents.  To access all of the tweets with the hashtag #sctweetchat, click here.

The next School Counselor Tweet Chat is on December 6, 2011 at 8pmEST!

For information on how to participate in a future School Counselor Tweet Chat, click here!

Did you participate in the School Counselor Tweet Chat? What did you think about it? What new ideas did you learn? Comment below or share via twitter #sctweetchat!
Erin Mason is a former Middle School Counselor, now Counselor Educator who manages SCOPE, a group blog dedicated to chronicling the positive impact of School Counseling professionals. Connect with Erin via email, follow her on Twitter, add her on LinkedIn or Google+, and become a fan of the SCOPE 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.  Connect with Danielle via email, follow her on twitter, add her on LinkedIn or Google+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Career Dress Up Day: Red Ribbon Week 2011

Friday was Dream Career Day for our theme "Follow Your Dreams - Don't Do Drugs!" Students were encouraged to dress up as their dream career. Staff were encouraged to dress up like a career too!

Students dressed up like lawyers, teachers, movie stars, singers, cheerleaders, football players, nurses, doctors, and much more. Some students who dressed in their normal uniform attire told me that they were dressing up as students! :)

Teachers were dressed as a variety of careers as well. They dressed up as flight attendants, baseball players, coaches, nurses, doctors, and more. Some teachers wore their graduation caps and gowns from their undergraduate or graduate ceremonies!

I dressed up as a veterinarian! To make my "costume" I bought a white lab coat and wore it with dress pants and a button down shirt. I wore a stethoscope that I borrowed from my brother around my neck.  I printed out a name tag for myself that said "Dr. Schultz, Veterinarian" to help students learn what career I was dressed up as.  To complete the look, I carried around my dog and vet bag that I got from Ikea! I am really bummed that I didn't get a picture. It was so busy Friday that I totally forgot about it until after I got home! :(

I still need to take pictures of the red ribbons student council made in the school lobby using our drug free pledge sheets.  Student council also picked to college door decorating contest winners. I still need to figure out prizes for those! 

I plan to write about our first Career Cafe of the year too!


October was a very hectic and stressful month. I am hoping that November gets better! I have been trying to focus on the positive things that I am doing and share those ideas with you all.  It has been very challenging this year to stay positive.  pictures of all of the doors and the students came up with criteria to judge the doors. We watched a slide show of all of the doors first and then went back through to vote. It was tough because everyone did such a great job with their door decorations.
 
Check out the other posts I have written with Red Ribbon Week Ideas:
Red Ribbon Week Ideas 
BEE Drug Free Grocery Bag Decorations
College Pennant Display
Career Day Costume Idea - Vet

Red Ribbon Week 2011*  I will be continuing to add more posts to this list this week!

College Door Decorating Contest and Spirit Day
College, University, Military, and Trade School Day
Dress for Success and Drug Free Pledges

Wear Red Day
Career Dress Up Day

You can also access the google doc I created of the Red Ribbon Week theme flyer we handed out to teachers and posted around the school.  


How did you celebrate Red Ribbon Week this year? What themes did you use? Where do you find Red Ribbon Week ideas? Comment below, tweetcontact Danielle, 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. Connect with Danielle via email, follow her on twitter, add her on LinkedIn or Google+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.

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