Thursday, June 27, 2013

Prepping for ASCA Conference


I am ridicuously excited for the American School Counselor Association National Conference in Philadelphia, PA! The ASCA Conference is from Sunday, June 30th until Wednesday, July 3rd.  This will be my third time presenting at and attending the conference. Whether this is your first time, 60th time or you are thinking about attending the ASCA Conference next year, here are some tips and information to make your conference experience enjoyable and memorable!

Get Ready to Connect! 
The absolute best thing about the ASCA National Conference is connecting with other school counselors! There are so many opportunities to meet and interact with school counselors from all over the country and the world! Get out of your comfort zone and talk to others! Go out to dinner with other and explore the city with other school counselors! You will have a blast! I had so much fun meeting and connecting with new people in the past and I can't wait to do it again this year!

I am hosting (with two of my favorite tech savvy counselors) two fun and informal ways to connect in real life with school counselors you interact with online.  Dr. Erin Mason from SCOPE and I are hosting the 2nd Annual School Counselor Tweet Up on Sunday, June 30th during the Dance Social in the Grand Ballroom of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.  Andrea Burston from JYJ Counselor Blog and I are hostin the first ever School Counselor Blogger Meet and Greet at 8pm on Tuesday, June 2 in the lobby of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.  All are welcome to attend both events!

There's an App for That!
Since I have been attending the ASCA National conference I have been super impressed with their conference app! It is so cool that the ASCA conference app enables you to have access to the schedule and information at all times in the palm of your hand.  Even if you are not attending the conference, you are able to access and download documents from each presentation! I highly recommend you download the ASCA conference app or check out the app website!

Pack Like a Pro
People who have roomed with me always are shocked by my miniscule amount of luggage. I somehow have perfected the art of packing what I need and not going overboard. It is probably because I obsess about what I am packing for the ASCA Conference weeks in advance! I think I pretty much have everything mentally packed. ;) If you are presenting I recommend bringing a suit or some dressier items. If you are attending the conference I recommend business casual. Also, leave some room in your bags for items you might purchase at the conference! There are TONS of booths with books, resources, school counselor apparel, and super cool items you can buy for your school counseling office!

This year, I wont be packing as light because I will have lots of giveaways packed in my bag for the School Counselor Blogger Meet and Greet!

Enjoy a new City!
Squeeze some time into your schedule to enjoy Philladelphia! There are lots of cool things to do in Philly! Some of the things I am looking forward to doing are taking pictures at LOVE park, getting breakfast at the Reading Terminal Market, and trying out some local restaurants, including Sbraga! Check out Visit Philly for ideas of things to see and do!

What are your suggestions and tips for attending the ASCA National Conference? What questions do you have about attending?

Comment below, tweetcontact Danielle, or share on the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page!

Read highlights from my 2013 ASCA Conference experience below:
ASCA 2013 Day 1: #SCCHAT Tweet Up (June 30, 2013)
ASCA 2013 Day 2: Technology Smackdown (July 1, 2013)
ASCA 2013 Day 3: School Counselor Blogger Meet and Greet (July 2, 2013)

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, June 25, 2013

School Counselor Blog Book Club Discussion Week Two: Linchpin by Seth Godin

Our second discussion of the School Counselor Blog Book Club begins Wednesday, June 26th on the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page!  We will be discussing Chapters 4 and 5 of Linchpin by Seth Godin.

Discussion questions and themes to discuss will be posted on the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page. Check in and discuss throughout the day! Also, feel free to add to previous weeks discussions, comment, and reply throughout the book club!

If you are on Twitter, you can discuss Linchpin by Seth Godin with us by using the hashtag #scbbc (School Counselor Blog Book Club) and #linchpin.

I look forward to kicking off our second week of discussion of Linchpin by Seth Godin with you!

Click on the images below to participate in the discussions of Chapters 4 and 5!




Comment below, tweetcontact Danielle, or share on the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page!

More posts about the School Counselor Blog Book Club:
Announcing the School Counselor Blog Book Club!
School Counselor Blog Book Club Starts June 19th
School Counselor Blog Book Club Discussion Schedule: "Linchpin" by Seth Godin
The First Discussion (Intro-Chapter 3 of Linchpin)
Meeting Seth Godin and a "Fly Closer to the Sun" Giveaway at the Blogger Meet and Greet
School Counselor Blog Book Club Discussion Week Two: "Linchpin" by Seth Godin
School Counselor Blog Book Club Discussion Week Three: "Linchpin" by Seth Godin
School Counselor Blog Book Club Discussion Week Four: "Linchpin" by Seth Godin
School Counselor Blog Book Club Discussion Final Discussion: Summary of "Linchpin" by Seth Godin

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.



Meeting Seth Godin and a "Fly Closer to the Sun" Giveaway at the Blogger Meet and Greet

This past week was a whirlwind. My dad took me to New York City to Embracing the Possibility: A Full Day of Question and Answer Session with Seth Godin, the author of our School Counselor Blog Book Club book, Linchpin!


I was so excited to see Seth speak in person! I was star-struck! I came back from the Embracing the Possibility with lots of ideas. Now, I need to make friends with the lizard and get to work! ;)

While I was at Embracing the Possibility, I got five red shirts that say "Fly Closer to the Sun" and five "Pick Yourself" letter press excerpts from The Icarus Deception, Seth Godin's newest book. I will be giving them away in person at the ASCA Conference in Philadelphia!


If you have been participating in our book discussion of Linchpin and will be attending the Blogger Meet and Greet you have the opportunity to receive one of the five shirt/letterpress giveaways! To win, come up to me at the Blogger Meet and Greet, say the secret code: SCHOOL COUNSELORS ARE LINCHPINS! - and I will give you a shirt and letterpress copy of "Pick Yourself." (Just an FYI, the shirts are all size large).

I love the message of the "Fly Closer to the Sun!" As a school counselor I think this is a great message to convey to students. I previously wrote about an activity I did using Wings by Christopher MyersWings is about a boy, Ikarus Jackson, who is a new student. Ikurus has wings. The other students make fun of him because he is different. Wings is about being true to yourself. It is also a great book to talk about bullying and being a positive bystander.

Wings by Christopher Myers and The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin both reference the Greek myth about Icarus and Daedalus. The moral of the Greek myth is not to fly too close to the sun or to low to the sea.

"Fly Closer to the Sun" means be remarkable - don't be afraid to be different! I wish I would have had this shirt when I did my Wings activity with students!

How do you help students fly closer to the sun?

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, June 18, 2013

The First Discussion of the School Counselor Blog Book Club!


Our first discussion of the School Counselor Blog Book Club begins Wednesday, June 19th on the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page!  We will be discussing the Introduction, Chapter 1 (The New World of Work), Chapter 2 (Thinking About Your Choice), and Chapter 3 (Indoctrination: How We Got Here) of Linchpin by Seth Godin.

Discussion questions and themes to discuss will be posted on the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page. Check in and discuss throughout the day!

If you are on Twitter, you can discuss Linchpin by Seth Godin with us by using the hashtag #scbbc (School Counselor Blog Book Club) and #linchpin.

I look forward to kicking off our discussion about Linchpin by Seth Godin with you!

Click on the images below to participate in the discussion of the first three chapters!




Are you excited to kick off our discussion?

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, June 17, 2013

New Free Spirit Publishing Post: Supporting Student Athletes

I have a new post on Free Spirit Publishing's BlogSupporting Student Athletes. School counselors are in a unique role where they can support the success of student athletes on and off the field. I provide ideas of how you can support student athletes at your school.



How do you support student athletes in your role as a school counselor?

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, 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, June 16, 2013

How to Add Social Media Icons to Blogger: Get Your Blog On!

I recently installed social media icons on my blog. This was a simple project that I wish I would have done this a long time ago!


I did a Google search for adding social media icons to Blogger and found great step-by-step instructions on My Favourite Things Blog.

After adding the social media icons, however, I realized that when I clicked on an icon the website opened in the same page as my blog. I wanted readers to be able to click on a social media icon and have the social media site open in a different window.

So, I did some more Google-ing to find a html code for opening a website in a new page.  I decided to make a tutorial to break it down into smaller steps and give you a code that will open the social media sites in a new page.

Subscribe to a Photo Hosting Site
To add social media icons to Blogger, you will first need to subscribe to an image hosting website. The website where I originally found a tutorial recommended Photobucket, so that is what I used. Photobucket was super easy to use.

Download Social Media Icons 
Next, you will need to find some social media icons that you like. There are many sites where you can download free social media icons. I pinned some free social media icon to my Blogging board on Pinterest.


After you find a social media icon set that you like, you will need to download the images to your computer.

Upload the Social Media Icons to Your Photo Hosting Site
Once the social media icon files are downloaded to your computer, you can upload them to the photo hosting website of your choice. I chose Photobucket because it is easy to use and easy to find the code that you will need to copy later.

For each image you upload you will get a direct link. There are many ways to access the direct link code. You can click on the image after you upload it and at the right bottom corner there will be a set of links that looks like this:


Or you can click on the gear in the screen where all of your images are stored. Click on "get links" and a window with all of the links will appear.


For what we are doing you only need the DIRECT link code. It is the second one down.

You will copy and paste the direct image code for each of your social media icons... more about that at the bottom.

Add a Gaget on Blogger
In Blogger, go to the layout screen.



Then, click on add a gadget.

Scroll down until you see HTML/Javascript, then click on it.


A screen will open that looks like this one below.


Enter Your HTML Code
This is the fun part! This is where you get to feel like an HTML rock star! ;)  

**For this part you will need to have Photobucket or whatever image hosting site you are using so that you can access your direct code!**

In the section that says content, copy and paste this code:

The colors will not copy into the section so read this next part very carefully...
The orange text is where you will put the social media website link.  The green text is where you will put the direct link for your social media icon image. The purple text is where you will pick the size for your icons.

For example, the code for my social media icon for the School Counselor Blog Facebook page looks like this:
NOTE: Do not just copy and paste this code into your content area or it will link people to the School Counselor Blog Facebook page. You need to change it so that your facebook page or social media site address is in the  orange text, the link to your image is in the green part, and you have chosen a height and width for your icons in the purple text. 

After you add one you can continue to copy, paste, and modify the code for each one of your sites. 

The only one that is different is email.

The code for email looks like this:

The red text is where you put your email address. The green text is where you put the direct link for your social media icon image. The purple text is where you choose the height and width for the social media icon. 

Save. Preview. Admire!
After you have copied, pasted, and modified all of your codes, it may look something like this:



No need to be alarmed... it is supposed to look like a whole lot of craziness! Hit save and then preview. If everything looks good to you, hit the save arrangement button.  Then in a new browser window, go to your blog and test out the links. Make sure they all work!  If they don't, go back and look at your code. Make sure you copied and pasted everything exactly and that there are no extra spaces or characters!

Enjoy!
Once everything is up and running, let others know that you have updated your site! Fellow tweeter and school counselor blogger, Darrell Sampson just added social media icons to his blog, From the Counselor's Office! Share your success below in the comment section and give us a link so we can check ouyour new social media icons! :)

Adding social media icons to your blog is a great way to increase traffic to your social media sites. It helps your readers know all of the other places they can connect with you on the web!

+Andrea Burston
 of JYJ Counselor and I are presenting Get Your Blog On! at the American School Counselor Association National Conference. We are both planning to share some more advanced tips and tricks like this one for those of you interested in becoming school counselor bloggers!

Have you added social media icons to your blog? Share 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.



Friday, June 14, 2013

School Counselor Blog Book Club Discussion Schedule: "Linchpin" by Seth Godin

Below you will find a discussion schedule for Linchpin by Seth Godin, the first book in the School Counselor Blog Book Club. 

Discussion 1: June 19, 2013

We will be discussing the Introduction, Chapter 1 (The New World of Work), Chapter 2 (Thinking About Your Choice), and Chapter 3 (Indoctrination: How We Got Here) of Linchpin by Seth Godin all day long on the School Counselor Blog Facebook! Visit the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page to participate in the discussion!

Discussion 2: June 26, 2013

We will be discussing Chapter 4 (Becoming the Linchpin) and Chapter 5 (Is it Possible to Do Hard Work in a Cubicle?) of Linchpin by Seth Godin all day long on the School Counselor Blog Facebook! Visit the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page to participate in the discussion!
 
Discussion 3: July 3, 2013

We will be discussing Chapter 6 (The Powerful Culture of Gifts), Chapter 7 (There is No Map), and Chapter 8 (Making the Choice) of Linchpin by Seth Godin all day long on the School Counselor Blog Facebook! Visit the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page to participate in the discussion!

Discussion 4: July 10, 2013

We will be discussing Chapter 9 (The Culture of Connection), Chapter 10 (The Seven Abilities of the Linchpin), and Chapter 11 (When it Doesn't Work) of Linchpin by Seth Godin all day long on the School Counselor Blog Facebook! Visit the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page to participate in the discussion!
 
Discussion 5: July 17, 2013

We will be discussing the Summary and Linchpin by Seth Godin as a whole all day long on the School Counselor Blog Facebook! Visit the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page to participate in the discussion!

I will also be hosting a Google+ Live Hangout at 8pm EST to discuss Linchpin by Seth Godin in it's entirety. 

You can view the discussion schedule on the Google calendar below.


Head out to your local library, bookstore, Amazon, or Audible to get a copy of Linchpin by Seth Godin. I also recommend checking out Overdrive to borrow books and audiobooks from your local library and get them delivered directly to your e-reader or tablet!

Linchpin by Seth Godin - Kindle
Linchpin by Seth Godin - Paperpack
Linchpin by Seth Godin - Hardback 
Linchpin by Seth Godin - Audiobook (CD)
Linchpin by Seth Godin - Audible 

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 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, June 13, 2013

School Counselor Blog Book Club Starts on Wednesday, June 19th!

The School Counselor Blog Book Club is reading Linchpin by Seth Godin as a group!


Our first discussion of Linchpin by Seth Godin will go live on Wednesday, June 19th on the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page! We will discuss the introduction and first three chapters, ("The New World of Work," "Thinking About Your Choice," and "Indoctrination: How We Got Here").

I am looking forward to using the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page since we already interact there! I am so glad that Facebook now enables you to reply to the comments of specific people. I think the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page will work great for our discussion!

I created a Google Calendar (below) where you can view the full reading schedule for the School Counselor Blog Book Club.



There is still time to participate! If you have not already done so, head out to your local library, bookstore, Amazon, or Audible to get a copy of Linchpin by Seth Godin.

I also recommend checking out Overdrive to borrow books and audiobooks from your local library and get them delivered directly to your e-reader or tablet! I am listening to the audiobook of Linchpin while running in the morning. Seth Godin reads the book, which is great. I love when the author is the one reading on their audiobook!

Linchpin by Seth Godin - Kindle
Linchpin by Seth Godin - Paperpack
Linchpin by Seth Godin - Hardback 
Linchpin by Seth Godin - Audiobook (CD)
Linchpin by Seth Godin - Audible 

Even if you cannot participate in our first discussion, feel free to catch up with us for a future discussion!

I am so excited to read and discuss with you!

Will you be participating in the School Counselor Blog Book Club? Have you started reading yet? Are you enjoying the book so far? (NO SPOILERS, PLEASE!!)

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 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, June 9, 2013

Meet Your Online School Counselor Colleagues in Real Life at #ASCA13!

The 2013 American School Counselor Association Conference is only a few weeks away! If you are heading to the conference there are two great opportunities to meet the school counselors you connect with online, IN PERSON!

#SCCHAT School Counselor Tweet Up
+Erin Mason and I will host the 2nd annual School Counselor Tweet Up during the American School Counselor Association Conference Dance Social in the Ballroom of the Philadelphia Marriott Hotel on June 30th at 8pm EST.  The #SCCHAT School Counselor Tweet Up is an opportunity to meet other school counselors who use Twitter to connect professionally. Whether you have been tweeting with us for years or are brand new to using Twitter to connect with other school counselors, you are welcome to attend! We encourage you to RSVP to this event so we can see who is coming and where they are coming from. Individuals who register by June 26th will receive a personalized name tag! To RSVP visit: http://bit.ly/tweetup2013.

To learn about Twitter and TONS of other tech tools you can use as a school counselor, come to our session (with +Julia Taylor+Russell Sabella+Erin Mason+Andrea Burston, and +Danielle Schultz (me),  Web 2.0 and Technology Smackdown on June 1st at 1:30pm.

School Counselor Blogger Meet and Greet
+Andrea Burston and I are hosting a Blogger Meet and Greet at the American School Counselor Association Conference.  This event will take place on June 2nd at 8pm EST in the lobby of the Philadelphia Marriott.

The School Counselor Blogger Meet and Greet is a fun and informal opportunity for school counselors to connect with school counselor bloggers, ask questions, and socialize!  We will also be giving away some great prizes during the event! Check out the flyer below to see a full list of school counselor bloggers who will be in attendance! Also, feel free to share the event flyer with others!

To learn even more about blogging as a school counselor, be sure to check out +Andrea Burston and my session Get Your Blog On! June 3rd at 9am!





Are you attending the American School Counselor Association National Conference? Will you be attending the #SCCHAT School Counselor Tweet Up or the School Counselor Blogger Meet and Greet?

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, June 6, 2013

Announcing the School Counselor Blog Book Club

I am excited to announce the School Counselor Blog Book Club!

This is not your garden variety school counselor book club.  My goal is to inspire you and spark discussions which will make you think about school counseling in new and interesting ways.

The first book we will read in the School Counselor Blog Book Club is Linchpin by Seth Godin. Although Linchpin is a marketing/business book I think you will find it inspirational. I strongly believe that school counselors are linchpins and that YOU are indispensible! I can't wait to hear your thoughts and ideas while we are reading it together! (I don't want to say too much here... it is just too good... and I don't want to spoil it for you!!!)

Our book club will take place Wednesdays on the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page from Wednesday, June 19th to Wednesday, July 17th. I will be hosting a special Google+ Live Hangout on July 17th to discuss Linchpin as a whole. The School Counselor Blog Facebook Page will be be great for our weekly discussions since people can reply to individual comments! I also don't want people to have to leave the places we already connect with each other to participate in the School Counselor Blog Book Club! ;)

Our first discussion will go live on the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page on Wednesday, June 19th where we will discuss the Introduction and first three chapters, "The New World of Work," "Thinking About Your Choice," and "Indoctrination: How We Got Here." I created a Google calendar where you can access the full schedule for reading Linchpin by Seth Godin for the School Counselor Blog Book Club.

So, head out to your local library, bookstore, Amazon, or Audible to get a copy of Linchpin by Seth Godin. I also recommend checking out Overdrive to borrow books and audiobooks from your local library and get them delivered directly to your e-reader or tablet!

Linchpin by Seth Godin - Kindle
Linchpin by Seth Godin - Paperpack
Linchpin by Seth Godin - Hardback 
Linchpin by Seth Godin - Audiobook (CD)
Linchpin by Seth Godin - Audible 

I look forward to reading and discussing with you all!

Will you be participating in the School Counselor Blog Book Club?

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, June 5, 2013

June #SCCHAT Transcript: Getting Involved with State School Counseling Organizations

Our June #SCCHAT was held on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 8pmEST. The topic was Getting Involved with State School Counseling Organizations. Jeremy Goldman, tweeting using the Maryland School Counselor Association handle (@MSCAMd), moderated the chat.

Many state School Counseling Organization leaders participated in this chat. Participants shared ideas on how to get involved with your state chapter of the American School Counselor Association and the benefits of being involved. Participants also shared suggestions for state School Counselor Organizations to improve on services or connect with members.

View the transcript below or to read the full transcript in a separate browser visit: June #SCCHAT Storify.





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

The next #SCCHAT will be held on July 9, 2013 at 8pmEST. The topic is ASCA Conference Recap and will be moderated by me, Danielle Schultz (@sch_counselor). We will be chatting about the ASCA National Conference in Philadelphia, PA (#ASCA13). I encourage those new to twitter to come and join us and participate!

(#SCCHAT occurs on the first Tuesday of the month unless otherwise specified. We changed the date for this one due to the ASCA Conference).

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.

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.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Who's on Your Boat? - Art Teacher

This is my second post in the Who's on Your Boat? Series

School counseling is a lot like navigating a boat. Bringing school staff and other key people "on board" can lead to smooth sailing for you and your school counseling program.

In each post of the Who's on Your Boat? series I will focus on one person or group of people to get "on board" and how they can be beneficial to your role as a school counselor and your school counseling program.


Art Teacher
My second position after graduating from my school counselor masters program was as a long-term substitute K-8 school counselor at a charter school. I had the pleasure of working with the most amazing art teacher I have ever met, Alison Babusci. I am so fortunate that I was able to work with someone as talented as Alison! The artwork that she makes with her students is seriously out of this world. You can see her amazing work at her blog: Propel Studio 101.

One of the many things that I loved about Alison right from the beginning was her willingness to connect with others. Shortly after I started, she invited me to co-teach a lesson with her about rumors and gossip. Alison introduced me to one of my all-time-favorite books to use with students, The Secret Olivia Told Me by N. Joy, which is now, unfortunately, out of print. In addition to our discussion about the message of the book, Alison spoke about the artistic elements of the book such as how the illustrator drew all of the children in the book as silhouettes.

Alison and I went on to collaborate in other ways.  I told Alison about a lesson I did using the book the The Colors of Us by Karen Katz. Working with Alison, we were able to do a The Colors of Us lesson where the results were above and beyond my wildest expectations.


Because we were able to do the lesson in Alison's studio, we were able to use the fancy art materials such as paints, smocks, drying racks, scissors, construction paper crayons, etc. Students loved using paint to mix their own unique color. We displayed the hands as a bulletin board so that others entering the school could see their beautiful colors.


Lastly, but definitely not least, Alison helped me to construct an Anti-Bullying Machine, which was based on the book Good-Bye Bully Machine by Deb Fox. Students in the after-school group I facilitated got to use Alison's studio and fancy art supplies, including all kinds of interesting things to trace to make the cogs and pieces of the machine, construction paper, and construction paper crayons.


The students had a blast making the Anti-Bullying Machine and I had a blast collaborating with Alison!

I highly recommend inviting an art teacher on your boat! She or he will surely make the ride more colorful!

Art teachers can:
  • inspire and fuel your creativity! There are so many books, lessons, ideas that could be made more amazing by collaborating with an art teacher!
  • educate you of appropriate mediums or technique to use for a lesson or activity.  
  • help you brainstorm how to make something better than you ever imagined!
  • inform you about art supplies that will rock your world, like construction paper crayons! (I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoy these! They are great!)
  • help you to showcase students artistic talents. 
  • co-teach lessons or units that align with ASCA standards.
  • and much more!

How do you work with your school art teacher at your school? 

Check out other posts in the Who's on Your Boat? Series:
Who's on Your Boat? - School Librarian
Who's on Your Boat? - Art Teacher

You can also check out my live Google Hangout where I discuss the school counselor/boat concept with +Andrea Burston.

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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.




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