Inspired by reading Counselor Keri’s “Five Ways To Use Coffee Filters In School Counseling,” I excitedly went through my resources and office supplies to create and share 5 ways counselors can use tissue boxes in counseling. The recycled tissue boxes below can be used both as craft projects and/or therapeutic tools in groups and individual sessions.
Self-Esteem Magazine Collage Box
Students can create a place to store affirmations, therapeutic letters, awards, and mementoes that help influence one’s sense of pride. It also serves as a nice decoration piece for your desk. This activity will take several sessions to finish, but is well worth the time prompting discussion on building self-worth.
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It’s March already?! When did that happen? During this time of year, we inevitably see a rise in test anxiety for students and staff alike. While we cannot prevent the tests from happening, we can better prepare our students and staff to cope with these challenges. This month’s tips provide suggestions for helping students become more aware of their anxiety, ways to approach test anxiety as a school, and coping skills to manage test anxiety. You will also find that these tips come in handy for school staff at your next professional development day or faculty meeting.
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For many high school sophomores and juniors, March starts the beginning of college tours. Many high schools have spring break and March is the busy time for college students, usually between their own breaks and the hustle and bustle of final exams. It’s a great time for high schoolers to tour college campuses as they will get a real flavor for college life.
The thing to remember with college tours is to approach them like going to an all-you-can-eat buffet. You want to go in hungry and leave thoroughly stuffed, and while we are talking about meals, make sure to eat in a dining hall while you’re there. Make sure to soak up everything around you. Be prepared to ask your tour guide lots of questions, and if you are not thoroughly impressed with your tour guide, make a stop to the campus center or library before you leave and don’t be afraid to look like a tourist. Ask questions of the college students that walk past you. Ask them what they like about the college or how long did it take to adjust from being away from home. Here is where you will get your honest answers. Continue reading “College Tours: Helping Students and Parents Get the Most”
Do you know a child that underperforms on tests no matter how much they study and prepare? Do they struggle to concentrate during exams because they are preoccupied with thoughts of failing? Do they find it difficult to recall information that previously came to them with ease? If this sounds like a child you know, they might be experiencing test anxiety. Although it’s normal for kids to feel some degree of anxiety about taking a test, when that anxiety impedes their ability to perform, test anxiety is the likely culprit. Continue reading “12 Books to Help Kids Overcome Test Anxiety”
What do school counselors do? As professionals, we are continually answering this question as we advocate for our profession. To promote advocacy, the American School Counselor Association suggests to “speak up, reach out, and always use your data.” Counselors sometimes feel uncomfortable as they try to show their worth as a school counselor, but advocacy is necessary and will ultimately demonstrate how students are different because of what school counselors do. Here are some excellent tips and resources from Confident Counselors to assist you in advocating for your profession.
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Creating a Culture of Kindness
I recently saw a video on Facebook about two apples. Two apples you are probably thinking? Stay with me. On the outside these two apples looked the same, shiny and red. However, once the apples were opened, they were not the same. One was healthy looking and the other bruised. What a powerful moment. I wanted to share this with my students to teach the old saying “You can’t judge a book by its cover,” as illustrated with the apples. This example of not judging others applies to creating a culture of kindness. We cannot tell what challenges a person is going through just by looking at them, which is why it is so important to be kind to everyone all of the time. A simple act of kindness can change someone’s day and even inspire that person to pass it on.
Here are some tips and resources you can use in order to promote a culture of kindness in your school.
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The amazing thing about being a school counselor is having the opportunity to work with all students in your building. Every student who walks in our building has the right to feel safe, accepted, and ready to learn. When working with culturally and linguistically diverse students, we need to expand our skills to incorporate an understanding of little people who may be different than us. Here are some tips to get started.
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I am constantly on the hunt for affordable craft supplies to use in counseling lessons and small groups. I troll the dollar aisles of all my favorite stores squirreling away supplies for the perfect lesson. After a visit to a Pre-K classroom decorated with beautiful, unique coffee filter snowflakes, I expanded my craft supply search to the kitchen aisle! Coffee filters are the perfect, affordable supply to jazz up your counseling lessons. Here are 5 ways that I use these dual-purpose gems:
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Product Finds for January. Click any image to see the product. Happy New Year!
Kids Helping Others: A Service Club Starter Kit from School Counseling Files. Are you looking for a way to help students develop a sense of responsibility and the ability to put themselves in someone else’s shoes? To turn them into active problem-solvers? Try starting a service learning club in your school! Continue reading “January Product Finds”
Finding the Words: Bibliotherapy & Diversity
How does one “teach” others to be respectable citizens who appreciate and even celebrate the unique qualities of others? Is it possible to teach that in a lesson? Most would argue that being a model of such behavior is a crucial first step. The way we educators talk about and react to others will have the greatest impact on our youth. They are watching us. They can spot a fake. They will know if we practice what we preach. So, before we even begin trying to teach cultural competency, we have to live it. But, we can do better than live it. We can CELEBRATE it.
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