Monday, September 30, 2013

Juggling it All: New Free Spirit Post

As an educator, it can be difficult to juggle all the different aspects of your job and life outside of work. In my latest post for the Free Spirit Publishing's Blog, Juggling it All, I share tips and information on how to juggle it all.



What tips and tricks do you have for juggling all the things you have going on in your life as an educator?

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.



October #SCCHAT: Bully Prevention Month Ideas: K-12 (October 1, 2013)


The next School Counselor Tweet Chat is on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 8pm EST.

The topic of the chat this month is Bully Prevention Month Ideas: K-12 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.

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 November #SCCHAT will be held on November 5, 2013 at 8pmEST. The topic is Lesson Plan Creation and Implementation and will be moderated by Chris Wood (@ChrisWood415), high school counselor form Iowa. We will be chatting about ideas and resources for developing and implementing lessons plans as a school counselor.

#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, September 21, 2013

Feeling Puzzled? Revisited and Revamped

I was feeling the need to decorate the outside glass of the counseling suite area at my school. I wanted to make it very obvious where the school counselors are located and how we can support students.

I have been thinking about this for awhile and then I remembered what a wise school counselor, Andrea Burston told me, "you don't have to reinvent the wheel." I tend to forget that just because I did something in my previous school doesn't mean I can't do it again! I have to remind myself constantly that the students I work with now don't know what I did before so it will be all new to them!

So, I got the idea to decorate the large glass windows on the outside of the counseling suite area by revamping one of my favorite bulletin boards that I created in the past, my Feeling PUZZLED? bulletin board. With TONS of help from my co-counselor's intern, Jen, I revamped my Feeling Puzzled? board to make it fit the large window space.  (If you have been following me on Instagram, you may have already seen the sneak peak.)

To create the window bulletin board, we cut out the words "Feeling Puzzled? Your School Counselor can help!" on 12 x 12 black cardstock using the Alpalicious cartridge font for my Cricut Expression paper cutting machine. We made the puzzle pieces using the Locker Talk Cricut cartridgeNote: It seems that the Alphalicious font is no longer being made, so I would recommend getting a cheaper new font cartridge instead! 

After cutting out all the letters and puzzle pieces, I then made a Feeling Puzzled? Words Google document of things students might struggle with in middle school. You can save the Feeling Puzzled? Words Google Document as a copy and add more words or delete words that might not be relevant to your school. I used the "Quicksand" font in Google Docs for the words. Jen cut out the words and used a Scotch adhesive dot roller to affix the words to colorful cardstock. * I would love your suggestions of more "puzzling" things to add to my list! *

After everything was finished, we used a Scotch adhesive dot roller to affix the words, letters, and puzzle pieces to the glass. I love these glue dots because they are really easy to remove. You just rub them with your finger and they come right off. 

I love, love, love how the finished product turned out!




Now it is very obvious where the school counselors are located in the school! ;) I plan to do different decorations a few times a year to showcase where the school counselors are located and how we can help support student success! I especially love this project because it is a fun way to think outside of the box of how you can decorate and use windows to your advantage! 

Side note: If you have any kind of school budget to buy a Cricut, it is AMAZING! I asked for mine for Christmas one year and have been loving it ever since! I am keeping it at school now so I can create bulletin boards on the fly!

No Cricut? No worries! If you do not have access to a Cricut, no worries! Check to see if your school has a Ellison or Die-cut machine that has a puzzle piece cut-out. Smilemakers also sells a 36 pack of die-cut puzzle pieces. I have also seen pre-cut puzzle pieces at Target, craft stores, and teacher supply stores.

I also created a Google Document with the letters for the phrase "Feeling Puzzled? Your School Counselor can help!" that you can download and print! I made each letter a page so you can print it on colorful cardstock, white cardstock, or regular paper and glue or staple it to your bulletin board! Click on the images below to download.





What bulletin boards or other things have you done to make yourself more visible in your school? 

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, September 20, 2013

New Free Spirit Post: Thriving in the Middle

In my latest post for the Free Spirit Publishing's Blog, Thriving in the Middle I share tips for parents and educators to make students' transition from elementary school to middle school smoother.



What tips do you have for helping students make the transition from elementary to middle school?

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, September 8, 2013

Facebook Round-up! August 25th - September 7th 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 25th - September 7th

School Counselor and School Social Worker Collaboration 
Bambi is a social worker who will be starting in a health center in a school. She wants to know how school counselors and social workers can work together to meet the needs of students. She also wants to know ways social workers and school counselors can build rapport with each other. Click her to read the comments.

Educator Discounts
Where is your favorite place to get an educator discount? Share the place, the discount, and what you LOVE to get there! Click here to read the comments.

Treats and Trinkets to Celebrate the New School Year
I gave teachers and staff at my school a sweet M and M treat to wish them a Magnificent and Marvelous new school year! Check out my latest post for the printable! Do you give teachers and staff any treats or trinkets at the beginning of the school year? Click here to read the comments.

Ideas for High School Counselors
Danielle (not me!) is starting a new job as a counselor for grades 9-12. She is looking for office ideas and program ideas. She would love to know fun, exciting and/or different ideas for working with this age group! Please share your ideas below. Also feel free to post office pics! Click here to read the comments.

Group Types and Activities
What types of groups do you facilitate at your school? Share your level, types of groups, and one of your students' favorite activities. Click here to read the comments.

Therapeutic Activities for Grief and Loss
Melissa is looking for therapeutic activities for a grief and loss group that involve art. Click here to read the comments.

Career Resources for 5-8
Debbie is looking for career development ideas, lessons, and resources for grades 5-8. Click here to read the comments.

Advice for Changing Levels
Lyndsay would love to find out what others have done to stay positive when they've had to move to a different level of counseling than what they're heart truly loves. She was moved from elementary to high school and she is finding it really hard to adjust to all the paperwork/scheduling/transcripts rather than all the counseling she got to do at the elementary level. She would appreciate any advice/encouragement/feedback/or suggestions on feeling confident in switching levels or switching to high school. Click here to read the comments.

Finding Funds
Jessica is looking for ideas of where to look for donations, grants, and other funds to use towards school counseling initiatives. Where do you find out about grants and fundraising? How do you solicit donations? Please share below! Click here to read the comments.


Showing Growth with Data
Jess and Meredith both want to know how you can use data to show how you are making an impact on academic achievement as a school counselor. Give examples or share resources below! 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, September 4, 2013

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

Our September #SCCHAT was held on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 8pm EST.

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

We had great conversations about school counseling internships. Current school counselors and graduate students shared tips and ideas about how to make the most of your school counseling internship.

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



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!

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, September 1, 2013

Magnificent and Marvelous New School Year Printable

To celebrate the new school year I wanted to give teachers and staff a small sweet treat! I was racking my brain and even consulted with Andrea from JYJ Counselor about ideas. She reminded me that I didn't have to reinvent the wheel that I could repurpose one of my other ideas. I originally was going to make a different version of my 3 Musketeers printable, but wanted to create something that I could give to ALL staff. So, I decided to revamp my Magnificent and Marvelous School Counselor printable and create a Magnificent and Marvelous new school year printable!


I used Microsoft PowerPoint to create my printable. I created a new slideshow and wrote the message:

 Wishing you a 
Magnificent and Marvelous 
new school year!

On the inside I personalized it for my school, but I created a generic message that you could sign your name to that states:
 I am excited to provide services to support the
 academic success, personal/social well-being, 
and career development of students at our school! 

I look forward to working with you this school year! 

Your School Counselor, 

For the message I used a free font called Love Ya Like A Sister. I made the message more colorful by alternating a color pattern for the letters in Magnificent and Marvelous. In my version I provided my name, alphabet range I serve, and my contact information (phone and email). 

I printed the messages double-sided on cardstock. I designed the printable with the messages four to a page so that I could make cards that perfectly fit fun-sized M&Ms inside! (This took A LOT of trial and error, but I was so excited when I finally got it the JUST RIGHT size!)

I gluded a pack of fun-sized M&Ms to the inside of the card.


(I edited out my school info)

This was a simple, fun, easy, and sweet treat to give to teachers and staff to wish them a happy new school year! If you want to customize this for your own school information, you can print the first page of the printable and create your own message for the inside using word or PowerPoint.

To download the printable, click on the image below.


What treats or trinkets do you give staff at the beginning of the school 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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