Showing posts from October, 2013

MEA-MFT Educators' Conference

It is hard for me to believe that a week ago I was in Montana presenting at the Montana Education Association and Montana Federation of Teachers (MEA-MFT) Educators' Conference. I am so excited that the Montana School Counselor Association invited me to be a keynote speaker and presenter for the conference. A HUGE THANK YOU to Alicia Godfrey for showing me a great time in Bozeman! My keynote titled You Are Not Alone: Connecting Through Social Media was about how school counselors can utilize Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and blogs to communicate with other school counselors professionally and create a professional learning network. I also presented two breakout sessions at the MEA-MFT Educators' Conference. In my session Blogging in 5 Easy Steps  I explained the benefits of blogging as a school counselor and showed participants just how easy it is to create a blog and start posting. In my session Tech Savvy School Counseling , I shared various technology tools that scho

Empathy Quote Bulletin Board

Empathy is our character education theme for October. I wanted to create a visual display somewhere related to empathy, and thought that one of the remaining "free" windows of the counseling suite would be the perfect place. Jen, a school counseling intern who is working with my co-counselor, found a great quote related to empathy. We created a colorful bulletin board on the windows to the left of the entrance of the school counseling office area. I love how it turned out! To make the bulletin board, I typed the quote into Google Docs using the font "Luckiest Guy." We printed the words on plain white paper, cut them with a paper cutter, and then glued the words to  black cardstock  or  colorful cardstock . We made the word "EMPATHY" using my  Cricut paper cutter . Tip: If you use 12 x 12 cardstock and cut it in half with a paper cutter, the cardstock will be the perfect size for gluing on the words! I created a Google Doc  so you can print the

New Free Spirit Post: Supporting New Students Year Round

In my latest post for the  Free Spirit Publishing's Blog , Supporting New Students Year Round ,  I share tips and information for school counselors and educators to welcome new students, even after the school year has begun. What tips do you have for helping welcoming new students to your school throughout the year? Please share your comments and ideas in the comment section of my post on the Free Spirit Blog! 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,  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 Cou

October #SCCHAT Transcript: Bullying Prevention Month Ideas K-12

Our October #SCCHAT was held on October 1, 2013.  The topic of the chat this month was   Bully Prevention Month Ideas: K-12   moderated by Dr. Susan Fuller ( @EElementarySC‎ ), elementary school counselor and author of the  Entirely Elementary School Counseling  blog. School counselors shared tons of ideas and resources for celebrating Bullying Prevention month at all levels, K-12. You can view the transcript below or read the full transcript here . For more information about #SCCHAT and transcripts from previous chats visit: . [ View the story "October #SCCHAT: Bullying Prevention Ideas K-12" on Storify ] #SCCHAT occurs on the first Tuesday of the month unless otherwise specified. To add the #SCCHAT schedule to your calendar  click here . Join us for the November #SCCHAT on November 5, 2013 at 8pmEST! The topic is  Lesson Plan Creation and Implementation  and will be moderated by Chris Wood ( @ChrisWood415 ), high school counselor form