Thursday, October 17, 2019

Interactive, Halloween-Themed Digital Safety Bulletin Board

In my last post I shared about Digital Citizenship Week Ideas. Each month we host a monthly PBIS theme. Digital Citizenship is the monthly theme for October.

As an additional way to reinforce what students are learning this month about Digital Citizenship, I created an interactive, Halloween-themed, digital safety bulletin board to share digital safety tips with students and staff.


I designed the bulletin board to be interactive. Students/staff can lift the flap to learn more about each digital safety tip.


If you are interested in displaying a bulletin board like this in your own school, you can purchase it in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Everything you need to display this bulletin board is included with the kit - social media icons, candy clipart, and a Jack-o-lantern face to glue on a bag.



How do you educate students about digital safety?

This Halloween-themed bulletin board kit is available on my TPT store. If you display this item in your own school I would love to see it! Please share with me on Instagram or Twitter.

Share your ideas in the comment section below or connect with me on Instagram or Twitter.

Danielle is a middle school counselor, counselor education doctoral candidate, and blogger at School Counselor Blog, a place where school counselors share innovative ideas, creative lesson plans, and quality resources. Danielle is also co-founder of the hashtag #scchat where #schoolcounselors connect to share ideas and resources on social media. Connect with Danielle via emailInstagramTwitter, or Pinterest.



Digital Citizenship Week Ideas

Each month our PBIS program hosts a monthly theme. The theme for October is Digital Citizenship. October 14th - 18th is also Digital Citizenship week. We facilitate lessons, events, and activities each month related to the monthly PBIS theme.

For Digital Citizenship month, all students received a Nearpod lesson in advisory about creating a positive digital footprint. There are lots of FREE Digital Citizenship Lessons available on Nearpod through Common Sense Media.

To reinforce the information students learned during the PBIS lesson about creating a positive digital footprint, I created digital safety tips to display on our TV monitors throughout the school.

To create the digital safety tips, I used Canva, a free digital media tool. Canva has tons of excellent, FREE, digital media templates. Canva is also very easy to use. You can create teams and share your designs with other staff members.






Here is an example of what the digital safety tips look like on the TV monitors.

How do you celebrate Digital Citizenship Week at your school? What activities or lessons do you facilitate to promote digital safety?

Share your ideas in the comment section below or connect with me on Instagram or Twitter.

Danielle is a middle school counselor, counselor education doctoral candidate, and blogger at School Counselor Blog, a place where school counselors share innovative ideas, creative lesson plans, and quality resources. Danielle is also co-founder of the hashtag #scchat where #schoolcounselors connect to share ideas and resources on social media. Connect with Danielle via email, InstagramTwitter, or Pinterest.



Sunday, September 29, 2019

I created a quick and easy bulletin board to display on the last day of "Start with Hello" week. I loved the idea of a "Take What You Need, Give What You Can" bulletin board. I created this version to help spread positivity in my school.

No bulletin board? No problem! I love using alternative surfaces like windows and walls to display bulletin boards. I stuck this bulletin board to the window near the door to the counseling office so that students could see it as they were leaving the cafeteria.


Students and staff can take a positive note from the "Take What You Need" side of the bulletin board to lift them up.


Students and staff can write a positive note to give to a friend or colleague or take a note from the "Give What You Can" side of the bulletin board to give to someone.


I added "Take What You Need, Give What You Can" Bulletin Board to my TPT Store so you can easily make this quick and easy bulletin board at your school. You can literally start spreading positivity in minutes!


Check out my recent post about "Start with Hello" Week for more ideas about creating an environment of inclusivity, kindness, and positivity at your school!



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Danielle is a middle school counselor, counselor education doctoral candidate, and blogger at School Counselor Blog, a place where school counselors share innovative ideas, creative lesson plans, and quality resources. Danielle is also co-founder of the hashtag #scchat where #schoolcounselors connect to share ideas and resources on social media. Connect with Danielle via email, InstagramTwitter, and Pinterest




Saturday, September 21, 2019

Start With Hello Week Themes and Planning #StartwithHello

Start with Hello Week is September 23rd through September 27th. We are planning a variety of events at our school including a Mix it Up Day

Start with Hello Week is a way to promote community and inclusiveness at your school. If you are not familiar with Start with Hello Week is run through the Sandy Hook Promise, a national non-profit organization founded and lead by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Visit the Start with Hello Week page to sign up for free resources including a planning guide.

Below are the events and activities we are planning for Start with Hello Week next week.

Start with Hello Week Daily Theme Days and Activities

Monday (9/23): Promise 2 Start with Hello 
  • School Spirit Day - Wear school colors! 
  • Student Council Service Committee will be writing chalk messages on the sidewalks in front of the building and by the bus entrance. 
  • Mix it Up @ Lunch - Building New Relationships
    • Icebreaker for each table
    • Lego challenge for each table
    • Games, activities, and prizes.
  • Resources for teachers: 
Tuesday (9/24): Promise 2 Reach Out and Help 
Wednesday (9/25): Promise 2 Be Kind - #BeTheKindKid
Thursday (9/26): Promise 2 Embrace Diversity 
  • Share quotes about diversity on the school 
    • In diversity there is beauty and there is strength - Maya Angelou 
    • The things that make me different are the things that make me - A. A. Milne 
    • Diversity is not about how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another’s uniqueness. - Ola Joseph

Friday (9/27): Promise 2 Connect
  • Take what you need, give what you can in the cafeteria.
    • I will be creating a bulletin board for students to take positive messages and give positive messages to students. I will also be making a smaller version for the faculty lounge.

Start with Hello Week Theme Week Image


I created this FREE image on Canva to share on the closed circuit TVs at my school and on social media. I shared a version that you can make a copy of and edit to meet your needs. Click on the image to be directed to the Canva website.






Teacher Pay Teacher Items for Start with Hello Week (and Beyond!)

Below are TPT resources I created for Start with Hello Week. Visit my TPT Store to view all my resources.





I will sharing more about how we are celebrating Start with Hello Week at my school in future posts on Instagram and Twitter.

Below are some ideas I saw on Twitter of how others are celebrating Start with Hello Week:
Search the hashtag #StartWithHello to get more ideas and see how others are celebrating at their schools.

Do you celebrate Start with Hello Week at your school? Share your ideas and what you are doing in the comment section below.

Danielle is a K-12 Certified School 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 email, InstagramTwitterPinterest.



Saturday, September 14, 2019

Be the One Bulletin Board - Start with Hello Week

I designed a quick and easy bulletin board for Start with Hello Week.  I wanted to display something that would encourage and inspire students that ONE student truly can make a difference in the lives of other.

If you are not familiar with Start with Hello Week is run through the Sandy Hook Promise, a national non-profit organization founded and lead by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. 

Start with Hello Week is a way to promote community and inclusiveness at your school. The website has lots of free resources you can use to celebrate Start with Hello Week at your school.

This year Start with Hello Week is September 23rd through September 27th. We are planning a variety of events at our school including a Mix it Up Day on Monday and a Kindness Day on Wednesday. The national Mix it Up Day takes place in October, but we are hosting it early this year. Mix it Up Day is a way to encourage students to get to know students outside of their typical social group. Teaching Tolerance has a ton of great resources for celebrating Mix it Up Day at your school.

I will share more about how we are celebrating Start with Hello Week in a future posts and on Instagram.

I added the "Be the One" bulletin board to my Teachers Pay Teacher's Store. So far this is the only item in my store that is not free. I am hosting a 20% sale today, September 14, 2019 through Monday, September 16th on this item so you can start promoting Start with Hello Week at your school! To be directed to my TPT store, click on the link or image below.


How do you celebrate and promote Start with Hello Week at your school?

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

Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), 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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