An Ounce of Prevention

Ounce of Prevention

School Counselors and Classroom Management

Classroom management is a major aspect of effective teaching and learning.  The type of classroom management that a teacher has will set their classroom tone and make or break student learning.  The best kind of classroom management is preventative, where the classroom environment it set up so it is hard for students to disrupt or avoid learning because most of the opportunities for them to make trouble have been removed.  School counselors are often called upon to provide advice or resources for teachers struggling with classroom management issues.  This article will provide several management resources for school counselors to use in their own guidance lessons as well as resources to pass on to the teachers they support.

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Five Friday Finds: Data in School Counseling

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  1. Google Form School Climate Survey from Counselor Up
  2. Be Data Inspired: Using EzAnalyze TimeTracker by The Counseling Geek 
  3. Editable Individual Behavior Plans with Data Tracking from Social Emotional Workshop
  4. The Use of Data in School Counseling by Trish Hatch
  5. School Counseling Data Specialist course from ASCA

Five Friday Finds: Cyber Bullying

Cyberbullying resources

 

Great print and go resources to use in classrooms and small groups.

  1. Cyber Bullying Handouts,Visual Aids, and Activities from Counselor Keri. 
  2. Cyber Smarts Bundle from Carol Miller, The Middle School Counselor. 
  3. Cyber Bullying Scoot Game from School Counseling is Magical 
  4. Internet Safety, Social Media, Technology Addiction and Online Reputation from The Counseling Teacher
  5. Cyber Bullying Videos to use for presentations and discussions. Great site filled with resources for educators, parents and teens.

Five Friday Finds for October 21

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Check back every Friday or on Facebook to see what we found this week.

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Counseling Resources 50% off #octoberfestsale

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Awesome Find! Counselors of TPT joined up and are discounting 4 products each to 50% off from Friday (10/21) to Monday (10/24). Click on any of the store icons below or type #octoberfestsale into the search box on Teacherspayteachers or click this link.

Preventing Bullying: Tips for School Counselors

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School counselors work each day to help students develop the social skills to not bully, to help when they see bullying, and feel confident in dealing with a bully themselves. Here are tips and resources from your favorite Confident Counselors.

Mrs. Bell The Crafty Counselor“I like to teach bully prevention to all classes. Instead of focusing on the word bullying too heavily, I like to focus on how we can be nice to one another and how being unfriendly makes others feel.” Mrs. Bell, The Crafty Counselor

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School Wide Bullying Prevention and School Counselors

School Counselors and School Wide Bullying Prevention

School counselors serve as experts on school-wide approaches to prevent bullying and encourage a positive school climate. Check out how some Confident Counselors encourage anti-bullying efforts and our favorite resources to carry over their tips.

(Pssst. Don’t forget Unity Day on 10/19 and Mix it Up Day on 10/25)

EduKate & Inspire“Teach bullying awareness lessons in all classrooms at the beginning of the school year to provide a common foundation for students. If possible, co-teach the lesson with your school principal or dean of students. This helps students see how counselors work together with administrators to assist students in solving problems. At the end of the lesson, send a brief letter home to parents that explains the definition of bullying and provides suggestions for conflict resolution.” – Kate from EduKate and Inspire

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Responding to Bullying: Tips and Resources for School Counselors

blog-responding-to-bullyingEvery day school counselors are dealing with potential bullying incidents, as well as behaviors that are misidentified as bullying. Check out how these Confident Counselors address bullying and our favorite resources.

Counselor Up“When a student is referred for bullying behavior, work with them to make a solution-focused goal and then check in with them weekly to see how they are doing with their goal. Help them build their skills so they don’t rely on bullying to get what they need.” – Rebecca at Counselor Up

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Red Ribbon Week Resources

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10 resources & websites we use to help support healthy choices during and beyond Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31)

Visit Red Ribbon.org  for key information about how to implement Red Ribbon Week in your school.

Foundation for a Drug Free World: Fact-filled site with resources and videos perfect for counselors working with 6-12th grade students. Continue reading “Red Ribbon Week Resources”

Bully Nation

The B-Word

by Laurie P. Mendoza, MA, CAGS

I’d like to recommend a book that has changed the way I look at the issue of bullying and aggression at my school.  Turn on the news, listen to discussions among parents and school staff, or think of how often kids say to you, “He’s bullying me!”  It seems that we’re in the middle of a bullying epidemic, doesn’t it?

It may seem that way, but we’re not.

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Bully Nation by Susan Eva Porter

In her book Bully Nation, Susan Eva Porter totally dismantles the widely-accepted notion that kids are under siege from bullies 24/7.  While she provides a number of good reasons why we have that impression, one is so obvious that I can’t believe it never occurred to me: the definition of bullying has expanded hugely in the last ten years or so.

Bullying used to be defined as some form of coercion—forcing someone, usually smaller, to do something they didn’t want to do—often via physical force. It was pretty clear, and most people could agree if something constituted bullying or not.  But in the last decade behaviors that used to be considered just plain mean or even routine kid stuff are now being called bullying. Continue reading “Bully Nation”