Saturday, August 31, 2013

September #SCCHAT: Making the Most of Your School Counseling Internship (September 3, 2013)


The next School Counselor Tweet Chat is on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 8pm EST.

The topic of the chat this month is Making the Most of Your School Counseling Internship moderated by Carli Segal (@carlicounsels) author of Carli Counsels blog.

We will be chatting about tips, ideas, and resources for school counseling interns so they can make the most of their internship experience.

I strongly encourage those new to twitter to come and join us and participate! Even if you just watch and read the tweets you will learn so much! I archive each chat so that even if you aren't available to participate live you can read the chat later.

We look forward to tweeting with you!

The October #SCCHAT will be held on October 1, 2013 at 8pmEST. The topic is Bully Prevention Month Ideas: K-12 and will be moderated by Dr. Susan Fuller (@EElementarySC‎), elementary school counselor and author of the Entirely Elementary School Counseling blog. We will be chatting about ideas and resources to celebrate Bullying Prevention month at all levels, K-12.

#SCCHAT occurs on the first Tuesday of the month unless otherwise specified. To add the #SCCHAT schedule to your calendar click here.

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.

Chimamanda Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story - TED Talk

During new faculty induction and inservice days I have seen some really great TED talks and other inspiring videos. I wanted to share them with you so I will be sharing them in separate posts in the coming days and weeks.

The first one I want to share is Chimamanda Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story


We watched this TED talk during my first day of induction. I thought it was so powerful. Chimamanda Adichie states that if you "Show a people as one thing, as only one thing, over and over again and that is what they become." 

This video speaks to how if children do not see themselves in books or professions they do not see it as a possibility for them. This is so important as a school counselor to recognize. We have to be purposeful about the materials and resources we use with students. Seeking out materials include a diverse population of students is imperative.  We have to be cognizant of the stories we hear. We must make sure we are seeking out and listening to multiple stories so we are not relying on a single story to define a student or a population of students.

I would love to hear your reactions, thoughts, and comments below about how this video relates to our work as school counselors. 

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, August 25, 2013

Facebook Round-Up! August 10th - August 24th Edition

There is a lot of great discussion happening on the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page. Bi-weekly I will share some of the most popular posts and fan questions from the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.



Check out the questions below and then visit the links to read comments, suggestions, and ideas from other school counselors!

Questions from August 10th - August 24th


Open House Ideas
Does your school have a meet the teacher or open house before school starts? What do you do or share as a school counselor? Click here to read the comments.

Motivating Un-motivated High School Students
Alyssa, a high school counselor, is looking for creative ways to motivated the unmotivated! What creative ideas and interventions do use when working with unmotivated students? Click here to read the comments

School Counseling Website Ideas
I have gotten a few questions about websites. Do have a school counseling website or blog for your school? Do you have it integrated into your school website? What information do you share with students, parents, teachers and other stakeholders? Share below! Click here to read the comments.

Welcoming New Students

Do you do anything to welcome new students throughout the school year? Do you give them any kinds of packets of information or a "welcome kit" of any kind? Click here to read the comments.

Character Education at the Elementary Level

Alexa is looking for ideas for implementing character education at the elementary level throughout the school year, school wide. Share your favorite resources and ideas below! Click here to read the comments.

Interview Advice for Switching Levels

Georgia has an interview for a few elementary school counselor positions. She has been doing high school counseling for a few years now. She feels out of the loop because she hasn't done anything with elementary since she was in college. What advice do you have for items she should she take with her to the interview? She also wants to know how you find out about the latest and greatest in elementary school counseling resources! Share your ideas below. Click here to read the comments.

Group Questions

Ebony, a second year school counselor, has lots of questions about groups! What is the average amount of small groups that counselors have each year? Do these groups normally consist of one grade level or multiple (ex. K-2 and 3-5)? What are some great resources or websites for small group plans for grades K-5? Share your thoughts, ideas, and resources below! Click here to read the comments.

Book Organization
How do you organize/display books in your office? Click here to read the comments.

Leadership Groups for Elementary Students
Laura is looking for ideas for starting a leadership group at her elementary school. What kind of leadership programs does your elementary school have for students? Please share leadership group ideas and information about the groups! Click here to read the comments.

What questions do you have for School Counselor Facebook fans? 

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, August 19, 2013

New Free Spirit Post: Back-to-School Tips for Students

The first day of school is right around the corner for many students! In my latest post for the Free Spirit Publishing's Blog, Back-to-School Tips for Students I share tips students can take to prepare for a successful school year before school starts.


What tips do you have for students starting a new school 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, 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, August 14, 2013

New Free Spirit Post: Finding Back-to-School Pinsperation

Pinterest is a great site to find ideas related to school counseling and education! In my latest post for the Free Spirit Publishing's Blog, Finding Back-to-School Pinsperation I share optimizing your searches on Pinterest!



What tips do you have for using Pinterest for finding school ideas?

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.



Friday, August 9, 2013

Facebook Round-Up! August 9th Edition

There is a lot of great discussion happening on the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page  Each Friday I share some of the week's most popular posts and fan questions from the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.


Check out the questions below and then visit the links to read comments, suggestions, and ideas from other school counselors!

Questions from the week ending Aug 9, 2013

Where to Shop for School Counseling Office Decor:
Jacyln is looking for posters and decorations for her new office. What stores and online retailers do you recommend she check out? Click here to read the comments.

Intro Items for School Staff:
Do you give out anything (trinkets, candy, brochures, etc.) to introduce yourself to school staff? Share your creativity below! Click here to read the comments.

Connecting School Counselors with Spouses in the Military:
Brandy is looking to connect with other school counselors who have a spouse in the military. She wants to know how others deal with moving around and transfer their license from state to state! Share your resources and suggestions below! Click here to read the comments.

Bulletin Board Ideas:

Jessica is looking for bulletin board ideas to advertise her school counseling program. Share your ideas or where you find bulletin board ideas! Or feel free to upload pictures too! Click here to read the comments.

Advocating for Your Position:

Jennifer just got a job as a 60% counselor in an elementary school. The staff in her building are uncertain about her position as a counselor. How can she prove to the staff and administration of the district that her position as a school counselor is of utmost importance and needs to be full time? Click here to read the comments.

First Steps for a New Counselor:

Amy is fresh out of grad school and just got a job as k-5 counselor! She is feeling overwhelmed and wondering what her first steps should be. Any suggestions? Click here to read the comments.

Running a Book Club:

Do you run book groups or book clubs at your school? If so, what book(s) do you use? Please share your level, book(s) you use, and any activity ideas! Click here to read the comments.

Breakfast Ideas:
What do you eat for breakfast before school? I am always looking for quick and healthy breakfast ideas! Yesterday I asked about lunches and I can't wait for your breakfast ideas! Click here to read the comments.

Decorating Your Walls Without Destroying Them:
How do you decorate your school counseling office walls without destroying them? I would love to know what other hanging products people use! Click here to read the comments.

New Student Orientation Group Ideas:
Beata, a first year as a high school counselor, is looking for some ideas on how to run new student orientation groups for students that register after the school year begins. Share your ideas and suggestions below! Click here to read comments.

Share Your School Counseling Office Pictures!
Share your school counseling office pictures here! Facebook now allows you to add photos in the comment section! I thought this would be a fun way to share pictures of your office with other school counselors! Share your pictures below in the comment section! Tag your picture ‪#‎scoffice‬ so it is searchable! Also, feel free to post unfinished pictures and ask other school counselors for advice and decorating tips! Click here to read the comments.

Looking for Lunch Ideas?
What do you take to school for lunch? I am always looking for new ideas of what to pack! Share your ideas below! Click here to read the comments.

New to Middle School Counseling:
Nichole is starting a new position this year as a Middle School Counselor working with 7th graders. She is starting from scratch in a new state and new school! Please share any middle school ideas and resource you have for Nichole below! Click here to read the comments.

Ways to Use Google Docs:
Jennifer is looking for ideas of how to use Google docs in her work as a school counselor! How do you use google docs? Click here to read the comments.

Connecting with High School Counselors:
April is looking to connect with other high school counselors! Like or comment if you are a high school counselor! Feel free to share ideas or ask questions! Click here to read the comments.

What questions do you have for School Counselor Facebook fans? 

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, August 7, 2013

School Counseling On Air Back to School Chat #SCOA

Andrea Burston of JYJ Counselor Blog and I are hosting the first ever School Counseling On Air Back to School Chat live via Google+ Hangout tonight at 8pm EST! We will discuss back school tips, best practices, and much more!  We have an amazing lineup of school counselor bloggers to represent each school counseling level! You can tweet questions on Twitter using the hashtag #SCOA. You can also ask questions on the School Counseling On Air YouTube page.

LIVE BROADCAST WHEN AVAILABLE
Check back soon! (August 7, 2013 at around 7:55pm EST)


The following school counselors are participating in the chat:



Elementary Level:


Middle School:
High School:

Did you watch the School Counseling On Air Back to School Chat? What back to school tips do you have to share with other school counselors?


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.



August #SCCHAT Transcript: Supervising School Counseling Interns

Our August #SCCHAT was held on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 8pmEST. The topic was Supervising School Counseling Interns. The #scchat was moderated by Jeff Reams (@CounselingGeek), high school counselor and author of The Counseling Geek blog.

We had great conversations about supervising interns. School counselors shared things that were meaningful from their own internship experiences as well as thing they do with their current interns.

This would be a great chat for supervisors and interns to read to get tips and ideas for being an intern and supervising interns.

You can view the transcript below or to read the full transcript in a separate browser.


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, August 4, 2013

August #SCCHAT: Supervising School Counseling Interns (July 9, 2013 - 8pm EST)

The next School Counselor Tweet Chat is on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 8pm EST.

The topic of the chat this month is Supervising School Counseling Interns. The #scchat will be moderated by Jeff Reams (@CounselingGeek), high school counselor and author of The Counseling Geek blog.

We will be chatting about tips, ideas, and resources for supervisors of school counseling interns.

Next month we are hosting a chat Making the Most of Your School Counseling Internship moderated by Carli Segal (@carlicounsels) that will focus more on the tips, ideas, and resources for school counseling interns.

I strongly encourage those new to twitter to come and join us and participate! Even if you just watch and read the tweets you will learn so much! I archive each chat so that even if you aren't available to participate live you can read the chat later.

We look forward to tweeting with you!

#SCCHAT occurs on the first Tuesday of the month unless otherwise specified. To add the #SCCHAT schedule to your calendar click here.

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.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Use Tagboard for School Counseling Inspiration!

Tagboard, "the social media hub for hashtags," is an amazing site that allows you to search hashtags for multiple social media sites even if you do not have any of the social media accounts!  It is a great way to get inspiration and to search multiple social media sites at one time.


Tagboard allows you to organize anything that has a hashtag from various social media sites. Once you search for a hashtag, you can login to one of your social media sites to save your tagboards so you can easily look them up again later.

I first shared Tagboard at the Technology Smackdown at the ASCA Conference in Philadelphia. I have since created various tagboards related to school counseling. I thought it would be super cool to create a tagboard for the hashtag #scoffice to see pictures that school counselors have shared of the office as part of Get Connected for Back to School.

Below is a screen shot of the #scoffice Tagboard. As you can see at the top of the page you can search across all social media sites or you can pick one and search just that site. You can search Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, App.net, Vine, and Google+.


Here is another screen shot further down the page.


I am very visual and I love that you can see multiple posts containing the same tag beside each other and in rows instead of just in one column (like on Twitter, Tweetdeck, or Hootsuite).

Another really cool thing about Tagboard is that you can still click on links and pictures even if you do not have the social media account that the hashtag is under. If you do have the social media account you can like, re-tweet, comment, and share the items!

Here are some of the Tagboards I created:

#scchat - School Counselor Tweet Chat

#schoolcounselor - School Counselor

#schoolcounseling - School Counseling

#scoffice - School Counselor Offices

#scday1 - School Counselor Back to School First Day Pictures

How could you use Tagboard in your work as a school counselor? What hashtags have you searched using Tagboard?

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, August 2, 2013

Friday Facebook Round-Up! August 2nd Edition

There is a lot of great discussion happening on the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page  Each Friday I plan to share some of the week's most popular posts and fan questions from the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.


Check out the questions below and then visit the links to read comments, suggestions, and ideas from other school counselors!

Questions from the week ending Aug 2, 2013


School Counselor Office Pictures:
Andrea Burston of JYJ Counselor Blog and I are hosting lots of ways to Get Connected for Back to School. One of them is sharing pictures of your school counselor office on various social media sites. You can use the hashtag #sccoffice on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Vine to share your office pictures with other school counselors. You can view the office pictures I posted on Facebook here, here, and here.

Lacy posted a picture of her office on the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page here.

Introduction Lesson Ideas: 
Do you present an introduction lesson or meet the school counselor lesson for students? What ideas and resources do you have to share with others? Click here to read the comments.

Organization and Documentation:
Valerie, a first year school counselor, wants to know how you stay organized with the day-to day and keep documentation? Do you recommend a particular type of calendar/planner? Has anyone created their own? What recommendations do you have for a new counselor to stay organized with classroom core curriculum, group counseling, individual sessions, meetings, etc? Click here to read the comments.

Organizing Continuing Education:
Franciene is trying to get all of her continuing education paperwork organized. Throughout the year she puts her paperwork into a CE file, it gets out of sequence and it tough to go through to add up her hours. Does anyone have any tips or suggestions to keep everything organized and easily accessible? Click here to read the comments.

Data Collection:
Lots of school counselors are looking for ways to use data for their programs! How do you use data to drive your program? What resources and websites do you recommend? Click here to read the comments.

K-2 Games and Activities:Shari, a school counselor for grades K-2, is looking for activities or games to supplement her classroom lessons. Please share your favorites below! Click here to read the comments

Character Education Ideas:Val is thinking of implementing a character counts program focusing on the 6 pillars (trustworthiness, respect, respect, caring, citizenship, and responsibility). She wants to know if anyone else has done this program and what kind of classroom guidance lesson plans they used. What suggestions do you have for Val? Click here to read the comments.

Back-to-School Meeting Themes
Amanda, a K-4 school counselor is looking for ideas for presenting at a back-to-school meeting for teachers and other school staff. In addition to providing them with great information, she wants to use a theme or a program to provide encouragement and motivation. Last school year, she used "Being a Bucket Filler" theme for both students and staff. She is looking for other suggestions and wants to know what other counselors use when presenting to teachers and staff. Click here to read the comments.

What questions do you have for School Counselor Facebook fans? 

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.



Tabula Rasa: Before Pictures of My School Counseling Office

Yesterday I was able to see my new office for the first time.

This is what the office looked like when I first walked in. 


A blank slate.

I rearranged the furniture to give it a more open feel.


I put my desk in the corner so that I could easily roll my chair around the room. I also like that it does not create a barrier between me and students and whoever else decides to come to my office.


I also arranged all of the chairs at the small table.  This table will be perfect for small groups and individual meetings with students.

There is also a large suite area outside. There is a conference room where I could hold group counseling sessions and a few other locations in the school where I could host larger programs.

Before seeing my office I had a color scheme in mind. Now I am not so sure what I want to do. Sometimes you just need to see the space before coming up with any ideas.

My new office reminds me a lot of this previous office of mine. I want to give this space a fresh look using things I already have.

Today I am going to take in a bunch of my stuff. Once I get things out of the box I think it will add a lot of color to the space.

I can't wait to share my progress with you!

Don't forget you can upload pictures or videos of your school counseling office to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Vine using the hashtag #scoffice so other school counselors can search your pictures!

Check out Get Connected for Back to School that I am hosting with Andrea Burston of JYJ Counselor Blog for additional information and other ways to connect with school counselors!

Do you have tips for decorating your school counseling office? Are you moving to a new space this year?

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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