Saturday, March 30, 2013

April #SCCHAT: Leadership Groups

The next School Counselor Tweet Chat is on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 8pmEST.

The topic for this month's School Counselor Tweet Chat is Tabitha Panariso (@tpanariso) from Scrapbook of a School Counselor will be moderating the chat about Leadership Groups

We will be chatting about the leadership groups at elementary, middle school, and high school level. Bring your ideas and experience of leadership groups you have facilitated or created as well as questions about how start a leadership group at your school!

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.


"The Quiet Kid" Giveaway!

I was so excited to share The Quiet Kid with you in Thursday's post that I decided to host a giveaway!


One lucky winner will win a copy of The Quiet Kid I want to know how you would use The Quiet Kid in your work with students!
For this giveaway I am using Rafflecopter. The giveaway opens March 30, 2013 and will close at midnight April 6, 2013.

***IMPORTANT: In order for your entry to count you MUST leave a comment in the comment section below about how you would use this item in your work as a school counselor!***


PLEASE NOTE: the voting widget below may take up to a minute to load and may not work in Internet Explorer. Winners are chosen randomly via Random.org and will be contacted directly via email. 

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, March 27, 2013

Celebrating Introverts & "The Quiet Kid" by Deb Fox

My name is Danielle and I am an introvert.

Many of you may be surprised to know that I am an introvert. Honestly, I was surprised too. It sounds strange, but I just found out that I was an introvert this past summer. This realization began when I had the privilege to review an advance copy of The Quiet Kid a new book by Deb Fox, author and illustrator of Good-Bye Bully Machine

After seeing the Why Introverts Have All the Fun post and the comic below on Mashable this morning, I knew I had to post about introversion and The Quiet Kid today!



I love this comic! The last part is so me... happy with just a cat and a book! :)

The Mashable article also mentions a TED Talk by Susan Cain that I included below, The Power of Introverts.


Cain describes a story of when she was at summer camp and encouraged to be more outgoing. She explains that extroverts like lots of external stimulation (noise, people, activity) and introverts prefer a more quiet or low-key environments. She also talks about how schools are designed for extroverts and to meet extroverts needs. I highly encourage you to watch this TED Talk! Susan Cain also wrote a book about introversion: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking.

The Quiet Kid
I LOVE Deb Fox's illustrations and I was so excited when she asked me to check out The Quiet Kid.

After reading The Quiet Kid, I was like "wow, that's like me..."  I was labeled shy and quiet in elementary school. For some reason it was conveyed to me that this was a bad thing. So, for most of my life I made great efforts to masquerade as an extrovert.

Until I read The Quiet Kid it did not occur to me that the difference between introversion and extroversion is where you get your energy. I love how Deb Fox explains at the beginning of the book that Extroverts get their energy from "outside themselves" by being around people, and introverts get their energy from "inside themselves" through solitary activities and dreaming up ideas. of the introverted child.

I think it is important to note that introversion and extroversion occur on a continuum. A person is not fully one or another, but rather a combination of the two. I enjoy spending time reading, writing,  and creating things, which are solitary activities. I love connecting with people in person and through social media. I also love presenting to large groups of people. I do not get nervous when presenting, which may make me seem more extroverted, but really I'm not. I am not a big fan of loud places, being the center of attention, or going places where there are lots of people I don't know.

I love The Quiet Kid and wish I would have read a book like this when I was in elementary school. I really think it would have changed the way I thought of myself and made me feel more comfortable being me! As an adult this book has helped me realize it is not bad to be an introvert. It makes me feel proud, excited, and finally understood!

I was beyond excited when Deb asked me to write a quote for the back cover! You can see it below. It sums up how I feel about this amazing book: "'The Quiet Kid'" brings us into the enchanting world of the 'introverted' child. Fox goes beyond normalizing 'quiet' kids; she celebrates them!"



Back cover description:
It's not always easy being a Quiet Kid in today's noisy world.

Outnumbered by their outgoing peers, the live in a society that promotes fast decisions, group interaction, and sensory overload. Their classrooms are often fast-paced and hectic spaces. Too much noise and social interaction can leave these kids feeling drained. It's in their alone time that quiet kids, or introverted kids actually find and recharge their energy.

Maybe you know and love an introverted child; one who can be quite talkative at home or with a close friend, but hangs back in a new group or environment. A child who likes solving problems and working creatively without distractions. One who needs a little more time to access thoughts and find the right words.

Children who are introverts are simply born with this temperament, and they need to know that they're alright just the way they are. The adults in their lives need to understand this, too. Quiet Kid celebrates the unique yet often-misunderstood characteristics of these inner, thoughtful children.


  • I mentioned lots of reasons above why I love this book, but the main reason is because it goes beyond normalizing introverts, but celebrates them! Which, is basically what I said on the back cover! ;) 
  • This book could be used in groups or individual sessions with students. This would be a great book to keep on display because it catches your eye.
  • I LOVE DEB's ARTWORK!!! I was captivated by the artwork in Good-Bye Bully Machine. Deb again does an amazing artwork in The Quiet Kid. I love to just look at the pictures over and over... If you want a sneak peak of the artwork check out the "customer images" feature for The Quiet Kid on Amazon!
  • Deb encourages educators to let "quiet" kids be who they are! 
  • A huge THANK YOU to Deb Fox for allowing me to be part of this amazing book. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do!
How would you use The Quiet Kid in your work with students? What do you do to support and encourage quiet 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 emailTwitter, PinterestLinkedInGoogle+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

New and Improved School Counselor Blog Store!

I revamped the School Counselor Blog Store! It is much easier to navigate now and much more organized. You can purchase banners, polos, t-shirts, Career Cafe materials, "To Proficiency... and BEYOND!" testing themed items, mugs and eventually much more!


Here are two examples of new items:




FRONT

BACK

Check out these and more items at the School Counselor Blog Store!

What items would like to see in 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.



Thursday, March 21, 2013

School Counseling Job Market Linky Party

Marissa at ElementarySchoolCounseling.org is hosting a a School Counseling Job Market Linky Party! 


Marissa's Linky Party could not have come at a more perfect time! I recently participated in a panel for an employment workshop for school counseling graduate students at Duquesne University. It was great to be able to share interview and job searching tips with prospective school counselors. I also receive tons of questions about interviewing and job searching from School Counselor Blog readers. I actually posted a question about jobs and interviewing to the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page the other day to facilitate conversation and encourage others to share their tips! I also updated my Pinterest board for Jobs, Interviewing, and Networking.

Here are some previous posts where I talk about choosing a master's program, networking, job searching, and interviewing. 



Below I will share even more advice about securing a job as a school counselor. 



Preparation, Background Knowledge, and Ideas!
Dr. Russ Sabella gives a great list of possible interview questions on his website. I recommend utilizing this list and determining how you would answer the questions. Let's face it, interviews can be very nerve-wracking. Practicing how you would respond can help you feel at ease during the interview. Answer questions honestly and highlight how you can fill the needs of the school where you are applying.

Research the school that you are applying to before the interview. Use the district and schools website and the National Center for Education Statistics website to do your research. Some important things you want to know include:

  • The school's mission
  • Population served (Demographics)
  • State testing scores
  • District information about school counseling
  • Other school counselor websites in the district
  • Noteworthy information about the school in the news
Use this information to come up with some ideas of what projects and initiatives you could facilitate.

Resume
Bring plenty of copies of your resume. I like to have enough to provide everyone one in the room one if they do not already have a copy. Sometimes you interview with only a few people, but I have also had interviews with a panel of five or more people. I would recommend having 10. It sounds like a lot, but I always like to be over-prepared. I also like to have a copy for myself to refer to if needed.



Portfolio
There is a lot of debate nowadays about portfolios. Should you even bring one? If you do bring one should it be paper or digital? I recommend using what works best for you.  If you are comfortable showcasing your skills and talents digitally, do it! If you are more comfortable providing a paper version of things you have accomplished, do it! It is more about what is in your portfolio than how it is displayed. Make sure your portfolio contains items that highlight your skills and abilities as a school counselor. Also, think about what you can include that makes you stand out from the crowd. Did you do any special projects or initiatives? Showcase them!

Questions!
An interview is your opportunity to ask thoughtful and purposeful questions about the school. Some potential questions could include:

What does your ideal candidate look like for this position?
What are the typical duties that a school counselor in your district performs?
What are some of the most pressing issues for this school?
What are some of the major needs for this school?

Make sure you follow up your questions with how you would be a great fit or how you can work to fill the needs or the challenges for the school.


DATA!
Administrators want to see DATA! You want to be able to show that what you do makes an impact on the students you serve. Warm and fuzzy feelings are great, but you need to be able to quantify what you do!

If you have data for any of the projects you completed this is a great way to highlight your skills while speaking administrators language! I wrote a post about how to get started using data, Finding Focus with DataYou can also use the school's data to highlight areas of need in your interview.

If you don't have specific outcome data for what you have done, you can create a program report to highlight process data. Include school-wide programming, classroom lessons, groups, projects, and any committees or teams on which you served.

I can't stress enough the importance of data... I know students in my school counseling internship group are especially sick of hearing me say it!


Interviewing can be daunting. It can be really hard to gauge what will actually take place in the interview. You may be in a room with lots of interviewers or you may be in a room with a few. They may ask you lots of situation questions or they may ask you lots of questions about your previous experience. Do your homework and be yourself! You want your passion and excitement for the position to show through!

After the initial interview, you may be called back for a follow up interview. Some second interviews require you to prepare a lesson and teach it to a group of students. Make sure you do a lesson that best showcases your skills and abilities. Do something to WOW them! :)

Always send a thank you to the interviewers after the interview. Email is a fast way to send a thank you when there are lots of candidates interviewing for a position. In addition to the email, I recommend sending a paper thank you in the mail too.

A big shout out to Marissa for hosting the School Counseling Job Market Linky Party! Check out the information below to participate.

Want to particpate in the link up?
Create a blog post titled "School Counseling Job Market Linky Party"
Place the Linky Party logo (above) in your post.
Answer the questions.

How do you prepare for a school counseling job interview? Share your job searching and interview tips below!

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, March 12, 2013

#SCCHAT Transcript: Supporting College Trailblazers (March 5, 2013)

Our March #SCCHAT was held on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 8pmEST. The topic was Supporting College Trailblazers. Jeremy Goldman (@MrJGoldman) moderated the chat.

I was so excited when Jeremy suggested moderating a chat on Supporting College Trailblazers, which are first generation college students. This chat stressed the importance of starting in elementary school to support and encourage ALL students for college readiness. Check out the full chat transcript here!

There were lots of new tweeps on this chat and we hope to see even more in future chats!

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, April 2, 2013 at 8pmEST. Tabitha Panariso (@tpanariso) from Scrapbook of a School Counselor will be moderating the chat about Leadership Groups. Come ready to chat about leadership groups you have facilitated or created as well as questions about getting started!

We are currently looking for future moderators and topics. If you are interested in moderating, please email me or direct message me on Twitter.

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.

New Free Spirit Publishing Blog Post: 3 FUN Ways to Educate About Eating Right for National Nutrition Month

I have a new post on Free Spirit Publishing's Blog! In my latest post 3 FUN Ways to Educate About Eating Right for National Nutrition Month for  Free Spirit Publishing's Blog, I share tips and ideas of how to educate about healthy eating habits while having FUN!


Does your school celebrate National Nutrition Month? If so, how do you celebrate?

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.


Saturday, March 2, 2013

March #SCCHAT: Supporting College Trailblazers (March 5, 2013)

The next School Counselor Tweet Chat is Tuesday, March 5th at 8pmEST.

The topic for this month's School Counselor Tweet Chat is Supporting College TrailblazersJeremy Goodman (@MrJGoldman) will be moderating the chat.

We will be tweeting about defining, identifying, monitoring, and supporting first generation college students. We will be chatting about things you can do K-12 to support college trailblazers.

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.


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