Thursday, January 31, 2013

Don't Miss School Counseling On Air! #SCOA

School Counseling On Air starts Monday, February 4th! We will be hosting a week of Google+ on Air hangouts during National School Counseling Week!  


I am so excited to be hosting What I Wish I Knew Wednesday! I will be sharing tips, information, and resources I learned about during my graduate program and beyond! For more information about what School Counseling On Air is and how to participate click here.

Will you be participating in School Counseling on Air? 

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.



Wednesday, January 30, 2013

I'm Choosing the Path that Leads to AWESOME!

Sometimes you just need a pep talk. Who better to deliver it than Kid President?!

If you haven't seen this Kid President video yet, it is a must! Not only is he super adorable but he shares some great messages about how we need to be on the same team in this game of life and make the world an awesome place.

My favorite part is when he starts to read the Robert Frost poem, "Two roads diverge..." you'll see what I mean! :)


I encourage you to share this video with others who need encouragement and have the potential of making the world a more awesome place! That's why I am sharing it with you all! You ALL make the world more AWESOME by being school counselors or aspiring school counselors and supporting student success!

Who will you share this video with?

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.



New Free Spirit Publishing Post: Enjoy Moving More!

I have a new post on Free Spirit Publishing's Blog! As you all know, life as a school counselor (and just in general) can be very stressful. Self-care has always been one of my biggest struggles. I have been making an effort to focus more on self-care in my life. 

One of the ways I am caring for my self is by making it my goal to move more this year! In my latest post Enjoy Moving More! for the Free Spirit Publishing's Blog, I share tips and ideas to make exercise more enjoyable.


What kind of exercise or physical activity do you enjoy most? What are other forms of self-care you enjoy frequently?

Please share your comments and ideas in the comment section of my post!

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.



Wednesday, January 23, 2013

10 OUTSTANDING School Counselor Blogs

If you are interested in starting a school counseling blog it is a good idea to read other blogs by school counselors. To help you with this tip I shared a list of 10 of my favorite school counselor blogs during my webinar Blogging in 5 Easy Steps for the American School Counselor Association Webinar Series. All of the blogs on this list are OUTSTANDING examples of blogs that are well done with lots of great content, ideas, information, and resources.  I encourage you to check them all out!












For a comprehensive list of all the school counselor blogs that are currently out in the blogosphere vist the School Counselor Online Professional Exchange Blogroll.

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, January 21, 2013

"Blogging in 5 Easy Steps" Webinar Now Available in the ASCA Webinar Archive!

It was such an amazing experience to host a webinar for the American School Counselor Association. It was so much fun to take participants through the world of blogging and the steps they need to take to start their own professional school counseling blog.

The Blogging in 5 Easy Steps webinar is now available for you to download in the ASCA Webinar Archive! Access is FREE for ASCA members. (Just a heads up... if you are trying to watch the webinar on a mac it seems to be having some difficulty. I have a mac and it was giving me a hard time.)

Did watching or participating in the Blogging in 5 Easy Steps webinar make you want to start a schooling blog? Have you created a school counseling blog since the webinar?

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, January 14, 2013

"Blogging in 5 Easy Steps" Webinar Reminder!

This Wednesday, January 16th at 4pmEST, I am hosting Blogging in Five Easy Steps for the 2013 ASCA Webinar Series. I am so excited to teach graduate students and school counselors just how easy it is to start your own professional school counseling blog!

I will be using the hashtag #scblog on Twitter if you want to share information and ideas related to blogging as a school counselor.

There is still time to register for the webinar! For more detailed information about my webinar, Blogging in Five Easy Steps, click on the highlighted link. To register for the webinar, click here.

Webinars in the ASCA Webniar Series are FREE for American School Counselor Association members!

If you are unable to attend live you can access the archived webinar and PowerPoint at a later date! I will let you know once the archived version is up.
Are you planning to attend my Blogging in 5 Easy Steps webinar? What information would you like to learn about blogging as a professional 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 emailTwitterPinterestLinkedInGoogle+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

School Counseling on Air


Get Ready!
A collaboration between many school counselor bloggers across the country is coming together to offer a new experience for many of us. During National School Counseling Week, February 4th - 10th, there will be nightly presentations hosted on Google Hangouts (there is opportunity for participation with this platform) and streamed live over YouTube. You can see the schedule posted above for topics and presenters. All will begin at 8PM EST/5PM PST and last about an hour.

What do you need to do to prepare?
One thing that is handy is having a Google account, but you will be able to watch the live broadcast on YouTube through the posted/tweeted link without one. The link should be posted about 30 minutes before broadcast starts, but it may be closer to the start time. Check out the Official School Counseling On Air Google+ Page for details, links to join, event listing, and other info. Reading up on Hangouts may be useful prior to the event to ensure you can smoothly participate.

School Counseling on Air is sponsored by SCOPE, The Counseling Geek, School Counselor Blog and CESCaL.

Will you be participating in School Counseling On Air via Google+ or You Tube? 


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.



Wednesday, January 9, 2013

#SCCHAT Transcript: Working With LGBT Students and Their Families (January 8, 2013)

Our first #SCCHAT was held on January 8, 2013 at 8pmEST. The topic was Working with LGBT Students and Their Families.  Darrell Sampson (@CnslrDarrell) moderated the chat.

This chat was a wonderful kick-off to the New Year! So many #scchat members shared resources for working with LGBT students and their families. Lots of ideas of how to advocate for LGBT youth and families were also shared! Check out the full chat transcript here!

To access all of the tweets with the hashtag #scchat, click here.

For transcripts of previous #SCCHATs, schedules for future School Counselor Tweet Chats, and information on how to participate, visit #SCCHAT Info:http://bit.ly/scchat-info.

The next School Counselor Tweet Chat is on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 8pmEST. Franciene Sabens (@FSabens) will be moderating the chat about Using Data to Create Opportunities for Academic Success

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 #scchat!

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

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

10 Favorite Posts of 2012


It was difficult to pick my 10 favorite posts of 2012 considering I wrote 114 posts this past year!

2012 was a big year for me. Some highlights include:
I have enjoyed connecting with you in 2012 and can't wait to see what is in store for 2013!

Below I outlined 10 of my favorite posts and why they made the list.

School Counselor Spotlight
This year I started a new feature on School Counselor blog called School Counselor Spotlight.  I created the  School Counselor Spotlight as a way to share other school counselors' innovative ideas, creative lessons, and quality resources with School Counselor Blog readers.  To date there have been seven school counselors featured in the School Counselor Spotlight.

Check out the School Counselor Blog Spotlight posts:

If you are interested in submitting an idea to the School Counselor Spotlight, visit the  School Counselor Spotlight Page.


How are School Counselors Like Legos?

Sometimes I get random inspiration. I saw a lot of cute Lego stuff on Pinterest and was trying to think of how I could use Legos as a theme for National School Counseling Week.  Then I got the idea of a message "School Counselors help students build bright futures!" I loved that it was fun and colorful and had double meaning.  I also liked the idea of associating school counseling with something that students and staff are familiar with: legos!

Check out some other National School Counseling Week Ideas I have done in the past:

Bullying and Bar Graphs Part 1 and 2
I got the idea to facilitate this Bullying and Bar Graphs lesson from Teaching Tolerance. The fifth graders I did this lesson with enjoyed creating graphs using their own data.

There are two posts in this series:

I love that this activity combines math and the personal/social domain of school counseling. This activity is a great way to infuse school counseling into the existing curriculum and make a case for why your lessons are important!


I also made FREE printables of the YES and NO cards for the Bullying and Bar Graphs lesson.



"To Proficiency... and BEYOND!" Test Taking Tips Bulletin Board 
It was a lot of fun to create this "To Proficiency... and BEYOND!" bulletin board with my co-school counselor. I wanted to make something fun and exciting to pump students up about state testing. This bulletin board with a fun rocket theme really did the trick. It took up most of the wall in the hallway in front of our offices.

After making the bulletin board, I created FREE printables of the words I used so you can make your own at your school!  Lots of school counselors shared their pictures with me of bulletin boards they modeled after this one, which was really cool!


Career Scavenger Hunt
Last year I made a big push to infuse career in almost everything I did, especially with my 5th graders.  I got the idea to create a Career Scavenger Hunt for them to do on the bus on the way to a tour of our local career and technical school. 

Students were really excited about searching for careers outside their windows. Having them fully engaged on the bus ride also made the ride very enjoyable! 

I made a FREE printable of the Career Scavenger Hunt that you can print and use at your school.

Diva's Day Out! - Tear Down the Negativity
My co-school counselor and I hosted a Diva's Day Out for 4th and 5th grade girls last school year.

Diva's Day Out was a fun-filled event that focused on fitness, nutrition, self-esteem, relational aggression, and body image.

We involved various school and community connections including our school psychologist, our school counseling interns, and students from the local career and technical school.

I still need to write more posts about this event because I only wrote about one of the activities that we did. (Getting caught up on previous post ideas is part of my 2013 to do list!).

The Diva's Day Out: Tear Down Negativity! Activity was a powerful activity that helped students realize how they all have been affected by relational aggression and their words can hurt others.

I look forward to sharing more details with you about Diva's Day Out!

School Counselor Tweet Up
Dr. Erin Mason and I hosted two School Counselor Tweet Ups at the ASCA conference in Minneapolis, MN.

After connecting and sharing information during the School Counselor Tweet Chats for over a year on Twitter, it was so amazing to meet tons of school counselors that I tweeted with regularly.

We are looking forward to hosting another School Counselor Tweet Up at the ASCA Conference in Philadelphia, PA in June! Once we have an official date and time I will share it on School Counselor Blog, the School Counselor Blog Facebook page, and of course, Twitter

If you are looking to connect and share with more school counselors on Twitter, I strongly encourage you to check out our School Counselor Tweet Chats that take place the first Tuesday of each month at 8pmEST. For more info and a schedule of topics click here.

Career Café Series
Career Café was one of the most rewarding things I started at my school. In an effort to help other school counselors start a Career Café at their school, I created a Career Café Series outlining everything you need to know about planning and executing a Career Café.

Below are a list of posts in the Career Café Series:





Tips for Setting Up Your School Counseling Office
Another series I created was tips and ideas for setting up a school counseling office. I really enjoyed writing this series because it can be really difficult to maximize your space while making your office fun and functional! I had three different size offices in three years so I gave examples of how I utilized these tips the the various spaces.

Below are a list of posts in the Tips for Setting Up Your School Counseling Office Series:


Tragedy and Disaster Response Resources
In response to the horrible tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School I compiled this list of Tragedy and Disaster Response Resources for school counselors to utilize.  This list includes how to talk to students after a tragedy, resources for parents and educators, and information about crisis planning.

This resource was made possible with the help of school counselors who came together to share resources with each other in a time of great need.

I also wrote the following posts in the wake of the Sandy Hook Tragedy:

10 Favorite Posts of 2012 Recap

  1. How are School Counselors Like Legos?
  2. Bullying and Bar Graphs
  3. "To Proficiency... and BEYOND!" Test Taking Tips Bulletin Board
  4. Career Scavenger Hunt
  5. Diva's Day Out: Tear Down Negativity!
  6. #ASCA12 and #SCCHAT Recap
  7. Career Café Series
  8. Tips for Setting Up Your School Counseling Office Series
  9. Tragedy and Disaster Response Resources
I would like to thank you all for all you do to support your students and your school community   I am so glad I have such an amazing network of school counselors to connect with on a daily basis! Thanks for reading School Counselor Blog in 2012 and I look forward to sharing many great things with you in 2013! 

What are some of your own professional highlights of 2012? What are you looking forward to in 2013? 

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, January 7, 2013

I'm Hosting an ASCA Webinar! "Blogging in Five Easy Steps"

I am so beyond excited to be hosting an ASCA Webinar for the 2013 ASCA Webinar Series

You may have noticed this in your November/December issue of the ASCA School Counselor Magazine. 


I will be hosting Blogging in Five Easy Steps next Wednesday, January 16th at 4pmEST.  I will be sharing just how easy it is to start blogging as a professional school counselor!

More more detailed information about my webinar, Blogging in Five Easy Steps, click on the highlighted link. To register for the webinar, click here.

Webinars in the ASCA Webniar Series are FREE for American School Counselor Association members!

What information would you like to learn about blogging as a professional 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 emailTwitterPinterestLinkedInGoogle+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.



#SCCHAT: Working with LGBT Students and Families

The first School Counselor Tweet Chat of the new year is Tuesday, January 8th at 8pmEST.

The topic for this month's School Counselor Tweet Chat is Working with LGBT Students and FamiliesDarrell Sampson (@CnslrDarrell) will be moderating the chat.

We will be tweeting about how school counselors can be advocates for LGBT students and best practices for working with LGBT students and their families.

We look forward to tweeting with you!

Join School Counselor Blog and SCOPE for #scchat the first Tuesday of the month @ 8pmEST!  For transcripts of previous #SCCHATs, schedules for future School Counselor Tweet Chats, and information on how to participate, visit #SCCHAT Info: http://bit.ly/scchat-info.

If you are interested in moderating a future School Counselor Tweet Chat, direct message me on twitter!

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


Thursday, January 3, 2013

New Free Spirit Publishing Post: 6 Solutions for Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions

I have a new post on Free Spirit Publishing's Blog! In my latest post, 6 Solutions for Keeping Your New Year's ResolutionsI share tips and ideas for making and keeping a SMART New Year's Resolution.  What resolutions are you making for 2013? What strategies can you share for setting realistic goals and reaching them? Please share your comments and ideas in the comment section of my post!


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.



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