Friday, April 26, 2013

New Free Spirit Publishing Post: Fearful Fridays

I have a new post on Free Spirit Publishing's Blog! In my latest post Fearful Fridays for  Free Spirit Publishing's Blog, I discuss the need to be aware of students who show a change in behavior before weekends, on Mondays, or before an extended break from school.


How do you support students who experience Fearful Fridays?

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!"

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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.



Thursday, April 18, 2013

A Fun and Functional Gift Idea for a Future School Counselor! - "You will have a BALL as a school counselor!"

Yesterday I was trying to think up a fun and functional end of semester gift for the internship supervision group that I co-facilitate. I was racking my brain and could not think of anything... that's when I turned to Pinterest for some pin-speration!

I looked around and then I saw IT!

A BEACH BALL!


I got the idea from this pin from Uncommon Designs Online. She used beach balls as a favors for an end of the school year party.

I loved the look of the folded beach ball and thought this would be an super easy and affortable gift for a future school counselor. Not only does this beach ball and message make a super cute gift, but my absolute favorite part is that they can use the beachball to make their own question ball! For other suggestions of how to use a beach ball in your work as a school counselor, check out my post,  3 Ways to Have a Ball with a Beach Ball All Year Round.

Below you will find step by step instructions of how to make your own "You will have a BALL as a school counselor!" intern or supervisee gift!

I created a printable version of the gift tag for you to download! (It prints four to a sheet.)
First gather your supplies! You will need a beach ball, ribbon or string, and the gift tag.


You could use any size beach ball. I was in a hurry and they only had large ones at Target. They were only 99 cents each! I saw smaller ones in the dollar spot last year, but they must not be available yet! 


Next, open up your beach ball. 
Flatten out each color. 
This is definitely the most tricky part.. it takes some pulling and patience... ;)


Once you have all three colors smoothed out, layer them on top of each other. 


Then flip it over!


Fold over about half of one of the colors.


Fold the mouthpiece side to the center.


Fold the other side to the center.


Grab your ribbon or string and tie it around the beach ball. 


Make sure the knot is in the front.


Then punch a hole in your gift tag and tie it to the beach ball.


Curl the ribbon or tie it in a bow.

VoilĂ !

You now have cute, affordable, fun, and functional gift for a future school counselor in your life!


I can't wait to give these to our internship group! Hopefully they will have a ball with them! ;)

Have you made any fun and functional gifts for a future school 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.



Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Compliments Web: School Counselor Spotlight

Emily was one of the first school counselors to be featured in the School Counselor Spotlight with her Kindness Garden Bulletin Board.  Emily shared another creative and affordable idea promoting kindness.


Emily wrote:

My Kindness Garden Bulletin Board was a previous spotlight of yours, but I did something different in my new school this year that I thought you would enjoy.

I have switched schools and districts, and now I split my time between an Early Learning Center (Kindergarten) and Primary Center (Grades 1-2). My lesson plan for the first half of this year has been focusing on teaching pro-social behaviors. I began the year by reading Have You Filled a Bucket Today? at the Primary Center and Fill a Bucket: A Guide to Daily Happiness for the Young Child (both by Carol McCloud) with the Early Learning Center classes. This lead to different lessons with each grade level, focusing on quality compliments with 2nd grade. Our culminating activity in 2nd grade was a compliments web.

This lesson required only a large ball of yarn, which you can generally find for $1-5 at a craft store. We had spent the previous few weeks talking about quality compliments, which are not compliments about what you can see on the outside of a person, but something you know about who they are on the inside. For this lesson, we gathered on the carpet in a seated circle.


I started by complimenting a student and then gently tossing him the ball of yarn, holding on to the end. That student then chose another student to compliment and tossed ball of the yarn, holding on to the yarn where it reached them.


We continued to weave our web until every student had both given and received a compliment. It was amazing to see how even the most wiggly students were captive, respectful listeners while their peers were talking.


At the end of the activity, when everyone was holding a piece of the web, we talked as a class about how we are all connected to each other and how our actions affect everyone else in the class. We can choose to be mean or we can choose to be kind. Isn’t it better to be connected with kindness?


As we wrapped the web back into a ball of yarn, students had the opportunity to talk about how it felt to both receive AND give a compliment. They quickly noticed that all of our buckets were full! I then pointed out that it was easy to make every day feel as good as that moment; all we have to do is remember to give quality compliments every day.

  • I love teaching kids (and adults!) about bucket-filling! I love that Emily combined Carol McCloud's bucket-filling books with a tangible lesson.  (P.S. Another great bucket filling book is How Full is Your Bucket by
  • The Compliments Web is a simple lesson with a big impact. I love that it gives a visual way for students to see how they are connected. 
  • The Compliments Web is easy and affordable. Yarn is cheap and can be re-used year after year. I love when you can re-use items!
Thanks so much Emily for sharing another awesome School Counselor Spotlight lesson with us!

Have you used How Full is Your Bucket with students? What other ways could you use a "web" in your work with students? Share in the comment section.



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.



Tuesday, April 9, 2013

New Free Spirit Publishing Post: Spring Fever

I have a new post on Free Spirit Publishing's Blog! In my latest post Spring Fever for  Free Spirit Publishing's Blog, I share tips and ideas of how bring spring inside when you cannot get outside!


When I wrote this post for the Free Spirit Publishing's Blog it was in the 30s in Pittsburgh, PA. Thank goodness it is in the 70s right now! Unfortunately I do not think we have seen the last of cold weather. This post offers some ideas of how to bring spring indoors when it is too cold or you just can't get outside!

How do you bring spring inside your office?

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, April 3, 2013

#SCCHAT Transcript: Leadership Groups (April 2, 2013)

Our April #SCCHAT was held on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 8pmEST. The topic was Leadership Groups. Tabitha Panariso (@tpanariso) moderated the chat.

Tabitha and others shared great resources and ideas for creating leadership groups at all levels. This transcript is a must read if you are looking to start a leadership program at your school. Leadership groups can have a big impact on your school and surrounding community! You can also meet an meet ASCA Standards by starting a leadership group! 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.

There is a lot of Twitter buzz building about the 2013 ASCA (#ASCA13) Conference in Philadelphia, PA! We plan to share information with you all soon about our second annual School Counselor Tweet Up, which is a great opportunity for you to meet and network in real time with your #SCCHAT friends!

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.
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