Thursday, January 12, 2012

My Current School Counseling Office "Show and Tell"

On the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page we are sharing pictures of our School Counseling Offices in the School Counselor Blog School Counseling Office "Show and Tell!"

If you are a regular School Counselor Blog reader, you probably know I used to have a small classroom as an office. It was an amazing space and I was able to do so much with it.

I now have a much smaller office in a suite with the other school counselor I work with and the school social worker. I have had to be creative with my space since I downsized. It is still hard to fit everything it... but I am beginning to adjust.

This is a view of the door leading into my office. I have my career area right beside the door. I also have applications for 8th graders to apply for 9th grade programs. 

Here is a view of my desk and the far right side of my office from the door. I used clear storage containers to put lots of materials and supplies in them. I used construction paper and my crayola slick stix to make the labels on the drawers.

 Here is another view of my desk area and the far right side of my office. It is a little hard to see, but I can't push my chair in the whole way because I have books and binders under the desk where feet should go. I love the banner that says "Children need to be seen, heard, and believed." My intern last spring designed it for me as a gift (from VistaPrint)! 

 Here is a view of the left and back corner of my office. I maximize every ounce of space! I use window coverings, window sills, etc to display student work and resources.  You can see my "Kid Drawn Emotions" feeling posters on the wall. On the curtain there are mini goal mountains girls in one of my groups made.





This is a view of the left side of my office. I purchased chairs for the table because the chairs that were provided for me took up to much room. I was able to get ottomans at Target that have storage in them that I use for seats for one side of the table.  The other side of the table has folding chairs that I purchased. I keep an extra folding chair behind the door. There is a good shot of my "Feeling Puzzled" bulletin board and my "Where's Mrs. Schultz?" sign!

I would love to hear your comments and ideas about my office! I would also love for you to share a picture of yours on the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page! 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.

14 comments:

  1. I think your office is just as big as mine.... Maybe bigger. Do you meet parents in your room ever or do you meet elsewhere? I really need to put a table in my room for small groups-but there really aren't any small ones for me to use...I will have to think more on that....

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  2. I have met with parents in my office a few times. I am fortunate that there is a big conference style table in the suite area that I can also use. Parent's like sitting in my comfy chair just as much as kids do though! :) I had to go scouting for a table because I didn't have one for awhile.

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  3. Danielle, I follow your blog religiously! It's wonderful. Recently I have used your ideas of Career Cafe and Minute Meetings. You can read about it at my blog: http://counselingcorner-allison.blogspot.com/ I am really hoping to gain some counselor followers. It is hard to stay motivated to blog without readers!

    Also just this week I had to move offices! I went from a wonderful, big, bright office with a nice table for lunch groups, to a small closet! I am arranging and unpacking now and will put pictures on my blog soon! Thanks again for your wonderful posts!

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  4. Allison, Thanks so much for sharing your blog! I am so excited that you are starting a Career Cafe!  I know how you feel about moving to a smaller space. It can be so challenging! The pictures above don't show my whole mess! I had to move stuff around to make it look cleaner! ;) My intern is going to help me organize things more. My task is to bring in some storage totes on Monday!

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  5. Where did you get that green poster?  I cannot see the whole poster but it is obviously something about confidentiality - ...."someone is hurting you, you want to hurt someone, you want to hurt yourself".....where did you get the poster or what does the whole poster say? Thanks so much!!!!!

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  6. JM, I created the confidentiality poster and ordered it on VistaPrint. Here is a link to a picture of the whole poster: http://on.fb.me/xLXL8i The poster says "What you say in here stays in here. Exceptions: Someone is hurting you, you want to hurt someone, you want to hurt yourself."  I also made with my group rules that you can see in the background too. Here is a picture of the group one: http://on.fb.me/wsUXj5.  Hope this helps! :)

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  7. JM, I created the confidentiality poster and ordered it on VistaPrint. Here is a link to a picture of the whole poster: http://on.fb.me/xLXL8i The poster says "What you say in here stays in here. Exceptions: Someone is hurting you, you want to hurt someone, you want to hurt yourself."  I also made with my group rules that you can see in the background too. Here is a picture of the group one: http://on.fb.me/wsUXj5.  Hope this helps! :)

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  8. ahhhhh I LOVE THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Do you have the direct links to vista print or I will have to create my own posters?  I love vistaprint!  I just started working as a school counselor at a charter school and recently found your site - soooo many awesome resources!!!  I had emailed you yesterday regarding the positive behavior plans that you created.....not sure if you received it yet! thanks again for your speedy reply!!!!

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  9. Here is a link to the confidentiality one: http://bit.ly/A7eAgS and here is a link to the group one: http://bit.ly/Amxdho.  For some reason you can't just reorder the same thing. That would make it easier... but if you click order, it has the background design that I used.  You have to edit it to add your own text.  For the group you have to do advanced editing to get the text going the correct direction.  I didn't get a chance to look at your email yet. I will get back to you as soon as I can. 

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  10. Here is a link to the confidentiality one: http://bit.ly/A7eAgS and here is a link to the group one: http://bit.ly/Amxdho.  For some reason you can't just reorder the same thing. That would make it easier... but if you click order, it has the background design that I used.  You have to edit it to add your own text.  For the group you have to do advanced editing to get the text going the correct direction.  What post were you referring to in your email? I would be happy to provide you with information related to the PBIS program at my school!

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  11. awesome thanks so much for this info!!!  I would really appreciate any info on the PBIS program at your school!!!  However, I was specifically referring to the presentation on School Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and support that you created on Prezi.  If you don't have that presentation, any info you can share with me would be so helpful!!  I just started working at a Charter School grades 4-8 with an extremely high suspension rate....I feel that some positive behavior interventions would be extremely beneficial for my students!  thanks again!

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