Monday, October 29, 2012

New Free Spirit Publishing Blog Post: Don't Judge a Cat by His Coat

I have a new post on Free Spirit Publishing's BlogCheck out my post Don't Judge a Cat by His Coat about using teachable moments to talk to children about prejudice and stereotypes.  



This post features my kitty, Perry!



I started writing for Free Spirit Publishing's Blog in April of 2012. Check out the Counselor's Corner for more Free Spirit Publishing Blog Posts by me! I love Free Spirit's books and I am so excited to contribute to Free Spirit's Blog, "a springboard of ideas for teachers, counselors, and anyone who cares about kids!"

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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 emailTwitterPinterestLinkedInGoogle+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.


Monday, October 22, 2012

Celebrating 4,000+ School Counselor Blog Facebook Fans with a Giveaway!

On Sunday the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page reached 4,000 fans!



When I first started School Counselor Blog in 2009 I never imagined that I would have the opportunity to connect and share with School Counselors all over the world! It has been an amazing ride and I am so excited to continue it with you!

To celebrate reaching 4,000 fans, I am hosting a giveaway on the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page this week. One lucky winner will receive a FREE Banner of their choice from the School Counselor Blog Store. To enter the giveaway visit the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page and leave a relevant comment on the contest photo.

The giveaway will run from 10/22/12 until 10/28/12 at midnight EST. A winner will be announced on the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page and School Counselor Blog 10/29/12.


Congratulations to Shelly! Shelly won a FREE banner of her choice! Shelly, email me or send me a message with your address and which banner you want!

To view the banners visit the School Counselor Blog Store.

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, October 16, 2012

School Counselor Spotlight: Lunch Bunch

Kayla, a second year counselor at a rural K-5 Elementary school, shared how she uses Lunch Bunches to connect with students she serves. Kayla is able to get to know all of her students and build rapport by meeting students during lunch.


Kayla wrote:

One goal that I have set for myself this year is to get to know the students in my building better. Besides classroom lessons, groups, and individual counseling, I wanted to create a something where I gave each student the opportunity to meet me, regardless of whether there was a problem or concern.

So, after brainstorming I decided to put together a program called Lunch Bunch where students could sign up to have lunch with me in my office one time during the school year.

Kayla's Lunch Bunch sign up sheet.  
Click on the image to download a PDF Lunch Bunch sign up sheet.

Students are bunched into groups of 3-4 and are invited to bring their lunch to my office for a special lunch with me.

Each class is assigned to a month and since we have staggered lunches at my school, two classes are featured per month. I created a calendar with student names on it for each classroom for the month they are featured for Lunch Bunch and the teacher gets to choose where to hang it in the classroom. Looking for their name on the calendar gets students excited about coming to Lunch Bunch. 
Kayla used Microsoft Word to create her calendar.

The students wear a special tag to lunch on the day they have Lunch Bunch. I meet them in the cafeteria and take them down to my office for lunch.

Happy students with their lunches and their lunch bunch passes!

Lunch Bunch pass.  
To make the passes, Kayla printed out the passes and laminated them. 
She punched a hole in the pass with a hole punch. 
She then added a string so students could wear the pass around their neck.
Click on the image above to download a PDF of Kayla's Lunch Bunch passes.

By offering Lunch Bunch, I am reaching out to all students in my school. I am able to build rapport with them before an issue arises. Students learn where my office is and how I can help them. Hosting Lunch Bunch doesn't cost a dime and can make such a huge impact on students simply by building relationships. So far Lunch Bunch has been very successful. I love doing Lunch Bunch...often times it is the highlight of my day! The kids get so excited and it is fun to have "special" time for them in my office. I look forward to the months to come, filled with plenty of Lunch Bunch dates!

  • Lunch Bunch allows Kayla to advocate for herself and her role as a school counselor by informing students of her role and what she can offer them. 
  • She is also able to advocate for her role to teachers by explaining what services she offers and how she wants to meet with EVERY student.
  • Students are able to get to know Kayla and the services she offers in an informal setting. Meeting with students over lunch is a neutral time and helps dispel myths that they are in "trouble" if they are coming to the school counselor's office!
  • By getting to know ALL students, Kayla may get ideas for future groups or classroom lessons based student concerns or issues she observes.
  • The Lunch Bunch passes are super cute! 
  • Having a wearable pass makes students feel special! A wearable pass is also easy to keep track of especially when students have to carry their lunch!
  • I love that Kayla included a PDF version of the Lunch Bunch passes so that you can make your own. Making your own passes and laminating them is a great way to save money and allows you to re-use passes.  Making the passes wearable is also super easy!
Thanks so much Kayla for sharing your lunch bunch idea with us!

Do you host a lunch bunch at your school? Share about it in the comment section.

Also, check other School Counselor bloggers who host lunch bunches at their schools!
                                                                                 Source: savvyschoolcounselor.com via Danielle Schultz on Pinterest


                                                                                Source: savvyschoolcounselor.com via Danielle Schultz on Pinterest

                                                                Source: creativeelementaryschoolcounselor.blogspot.com via Danielle Schultz on Pinterest

School Counseling From A-Z

                                                                          Source: schoolcounselingfroma-z.blogspot.com via Danielle Schultz on Pinterest

If you are a school counselor blogger who has written a post about lunch bunches, let me know and I will add it to the ones above!


Do you have an innovative idea, creative lesson, or quality resource you want to share with other school counselors? Have you done something to make a positive impact on your students, your school, and yourself? School Counselor Spotlight is a way for you to share your innovative ideas, creative lessons, and quality resources with School Counselor Blog readers!

Send your stories, ideas, creative lessons, and/or resources to danielle@schcounselor.com with School Counselor Spotlight in the subject line. Please include a description of the idea, lesson, or resource, including costs, inspiration, pictures and how it impacted your students or school!

**Photos must be of good quality and unedited.** 

Chosen ideas and stories will be featured in the School Counselor Spotlight on School Counselor Blog!

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.



Sunday, October 14, 2012

Red Ribbon Week Ideas

School Counselors are often in charge of coordinating Red Ribbon Week at their school. Check out the links below for Red Ribbon Week themes/days ideas you can implement at your school. Many of the ideas are easy to implement. Even if you have not started planning for this year's Red Ribbon week (October 23rd - 31st) you could implement some of the ideas below to kick off your Red Ribbon Week.

School Counselor Spotlight - Character is Our Super Power - Red Ribbon and Character Counts Theme

Career Dress Up Day

Dress for Success Day

College, University, Military, and Trade School Day

College Door Decorating and School Spirit Day

Red Ribbon Week Ideas - Career Theme

Bee Drug Free! - Grocery Store Bag Decorations

How do you celebrate Red Ribbon Week at your school? What themes/days ideas have you used?

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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 emailTwitterPinterestLinkedInGoogle+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.



Saturday, October 13, 2012

New Free Spirit Publishing Blog Post: Three Lessons I Learned as a School Counselor

I have a new post on Free Spirit Publishing's BlogCheck out my post Three Lessons I Learned as a School Counselor about things I learned as a beginning school counselor that can be applied to school counseling and beyond. 


I started writing for Free Spirit Publishing's Blog in April of 2012. Check out the Counselor's Corner for more Free Spirit Publishing Blog Posts by me! I love Free Spirit's books and I am so excited to contribute to Free Spirit's Blog, "a springboard of ideas for teachers, counselors, and anyone who cares about kids!"

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.



Thursday, October 11, 2012

Keep Track of Any and Everything You Have to Do with Any.DO!

Love the sense of accomplishment you have when crossing things off of your to-do list? Need to set a reminder for your classroom lesson? Want to keep reminders for every aspect of your life all in one place? Whether you are a professional school counselor or a school counseling graduate student, Any.DO can help you keep track of any and everything you have to do!

                         Source: google.com via Dukes on Pinterest


Any.DO is a sleek, easy to use, FREE task management system.

                                                                  Source: any.do via Danielle Schultz on Pinterest


Any.DO allows you to create and organize reminders, make to-do lists, share lists, categorize items and much more!  You can download a FREE app for Any.DO for your Android device, iPhone, and for Google Chrome.


                                                                Source: any.do via Danielle Schultz on Pinterest


If you use the Any.DO Google Chrome extension in conjunction with your Android device or iPhone your reminders and to-dos will automatically sync.

                                                   
                                                       Source: itunes.apple.com via Danielle Schultz on Pinterest

You can type your reminders or you can speak them! You can create folders to organize items into categories such as "work," "personal," "store," etc. When you have completed tasks you slide your finger across to cross it out. You can clear your completed tasks by shaking your phone. The completed items will be archived and your success will be celebrated with a "Way to go!"


I was first introduced to Any.DO by my husband. I was looking for a way to manage tasks that would sync with my computer. I love the ease of using Any.DO.  I wish I would have started using it as soon as he recommended it to me because it is such a great app.

Any.DO would be a great technology tool for school counselors to keep track of all the different things you have to do - professionally and personally! I use Any.DO to keep track of due dates for assignments, meetings, events, and grocery/store lists. I love that I can use the speak option to record tasks too! Any.DO is seriously so super easy to use!

How would you use Any.DO professionally and personally to manage your tasks? What productivity apps do you use for your phone or web browser?

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.



"I love it when you call me 'guidance' counselor," said no School Counselor ever.

I don't know about you, but it completely irks me when someone calls me a "guidance" counselor. I could go on and on about how "guidance counselor" is an outdated term and does not encompass everything we do as SCHOOL COUNSELORS such as support the academic, personal/social, and career development needs of students.

I created the Some E-cards below as a funny response to the "g"-word dilemma. Click on the images below to share them with your school counselor friends and colleagues. I think this is a fun way to advocate for SCHOOL COUNSELORS.

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How do you advocate for your role as a SCHOOL COUNSELOR? Do you correct people when they call you a guidance counselor?

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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 emailTwitterPinterestLinkedInGoogle+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.



Monday, October 8, 2012

Free Spirit Publishing Blog Post: SMART Back-to-School Goals for Students

I have a new post on Free Spirit Publishing's BlogCheck out my post SMART Back-to-School Goals for Students about using SMART goal setting.  I give suggestions of goals that you can help students create at the beginning of the school year and beyond.  I also wrote a post for the Free Spirit Publishing's Blog about SMART Goals for Counselors and Educators.

SMART goal-setting would be a great topic for students of all ages as a classroom lesson or group counseling session.  You could also work with individual students and help them create and track SMART goals.





I started writing for Free Spirit Publishing's Blog in April of 2012. Check out the Counselor's Corner for more Free Spirit Publishing Blog Posts by me! I love Free Spirit's books and I am so excited to contribute to Free Spirit's Blog, "a springboard of ideas for teachers, counselors, and anyone who cares about kids!"

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.



Sunday, October 7, 2012

School Counselor Spotlight: Character is Our Super Power - Red Ribbon and Character Counts Theme

Red Ribbon week (October 23 - 31, 2012) and National Character Counts week (October 21 - 27, 2012) overlap this year. Babara from The Corner on Character shared great ideas for a week worth of themes to combine Red Ribbon Week and Character Counts week! Barbara's blog is chalk full of character education ideas, so I was very excited when she submitted this SUPER idea for the School Counselor Spotlight! 


Barbara writes:

I wanted to share our Red Ribbon/Character Counts Week theme and what we've got planned for a school-home connection. This year our theme is Character Is Our Super Power.  We have events planned for each day of the week.



We are wearing "I Can. I Care." Superman style t-shirts. 


For Red Ribbon/Character Counts week, I'm sending home "Character is Our Super Power" Parent Homework to ask parents to tell us what is their child's super power. 




I can't WAIT to get these back because I think they'll be amazing. We're working on a bulletin board with the same design as the T-shirt (only the half-sheet homework papers will form the C in the middle).

***Update: Barbara shared the bulletin board with the completed parent homework she has received back so far! ***

We will share these in morning meetings and publicly on the bulletin board display. 

We are also signing a Character is Our Super Power banner! 


Two things that didn't make the list that have also been planned are a school-wide healthy choices walk during specials class AND a Coffee Chat With the Counselors for parents, guardians and community members on Thursday. 




Our topic will be Elevating Empathy To Empower. Can't wait! 



I am so excited that Barbara shared her SUPER ideas with us!
  • The school-home connection for this Red Ribbon and Character Counts week is such a great idea! I love how she included parents and grandparents into her theme week and emphasized their importance as role models for students.
  • The parent homework is such a cool idea especially because it is focusing on their child's strength or "super power."
  • Any of these events and ideas could be used anytime of the year to highlight positive character traits, not just during Character Counts week! 
  • The Coffee Chat is such a cool idea! I have always wanted to do one!!!! A few other school counselors have shared about Coffee Chats lately, including Tabitha at Scrapbook of a School Counselor
  • Love, Love, Love, the t-shirts! How cool are they?!
  • I also love Barbara's level of enthusiasm about her theme week! She is definitely passionate about school counseling and working with students! 
Thanks again so much Barbara for sharing your "Character is Our Super Power" Red Ribbon Week and Character Counts Theme! 

Be sure to check out Barbara's blog The Corner on Character for more SUPER ideas!

What theme days do you host for Red Ribbon Week? What theme days do you host for Character Counts Week? Have you ever combined two weeks with a common theme? 


Do you have an innovative idea, creative lesson, or quality resource you want to share with other school counselors? Have you done something to make a positive impact on your students, your school, and yourself? School Counselor Spotlight is a way for you to share your innovative ideas, creative lessons, and quality resources with School Counselor Blog readers!

Send your stories, ideas, creative lessons, and/or resources to danielle@schcounselor.com with School Counselor Spotlight in the subject line. Please include a description of the idea, lesson, or resource, including costs, inspiration, pictures and how it impacted your students or school!
**Photos must be of good quality and unedited.** 

Chosen ideas and stories will be featured in the School Counselor Spotlight on School Counselor Blog!

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.



Friday, October 5, 2012

New Free Spirit Publishing Post: Group Motivators for Students of All Ages

I have a new post on Free Spirit Publishing's BlogCheck out my post Group Motivators for Students of All Ages about different incentives to motivate classrooms and groups. I share easy and low or no cost ideas you can implement in your school. 


I started writing for Free Spirit Publishing's Blog in April of 2012. Check out the Counselor's Corner for more Free Spirit Publishing Blog Posts by me! I love Free Spirit's books and I am so excited to contribute to Free Spirit's Blog, "a springboard of ideas for teachers, counselors, and anyone who cares about kids!"

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.



Monday, October 1, 2012

National Education and Health Awareness Dates 2012-2013 Calendar


I get tons of questions about how to find out about educational dates and causes to promote at school.  I was so excited when I found a comprehensive list of dates for the 2012-2013 schoolyear available for download on the American School Counselor Association website.

The National Education and Health Awareness Dates 2012-2013 Calendar is a valuable tool for school counselors and educators!

October has lots of causes you can promote awareness for at your school!

October is:

AIDS Awareness Month
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Child Health Month
Computer Learning Month
Depression and Mental Health Month
Diversity Awareness Month
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Family Health Awareness Month
Head Start Awareness Month
Month of the Young Adolescent
National Book Month
National Communicate with Your Kids Month
National Crime Prevention Month
National Dental Hygiene Month
National Depression Education and Awareness Month
Positive Attitude Month

Important Education and Health Awareness Dates for October:

October 1 International Day for Older Persons
October 1 Child Health Day
October 1 World Habitat Day
October 3 Walk to School Day
October 5 National Diversity Day
October 5 World Teacher’s Day
October 7–12 Mental Illness Awareness Week
October 7–13 National 4-H Week
October 7–13 National Fire Prevention Week
October 10 World Mental Health Day
October 10 SAVE (Stop America’s Violence Everywhere) Day
October 11 National Depression Screening Day
October 14–20 Teen Read Week
October 14–20 Make Your Mark Week
October 14–20 Freedom from Bullies Week
October 15–19 National School Bus Safety Week
October 16 World Food Day
October 21–27 America’s Safe Schools Week
October 21–27 National Character Counts Week
October 23–31 Red Ribbon Week
October 24 United Nations Day
October 31 National UNICEF Day


Visit The American School Counselor Association website to download the National Education and Health Awareness Dates 2012-2013 Calendar.

What October awareness causes do you support at your school? What events and activities do you facilitate to promote or support causes?


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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 emailTwitter, PinterestLinkedInGoogle+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.
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