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September 8, 2019

Social Emotional Learning in Academic Instruction

Social emotional learning in academic instruction is having its moment. While counselors have been supporting the whole child and taking a deep look at noncognitive skills, the bandwagon has now officially been joined. If not, here are some ways to increase buy-in. What a great time to be a counselor! In my state, schools are […]

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February 18, 2019

Creating Buy-In for Social Emotional Learning

Are you working on creating buy-in for social-emotional learning at your school? This post is for you to share with other educators in your building to spread the word about why Social Emotional Learning is important. Think about the best job you’ve ever had. It could be in your education career, it could be at […]

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November 26, 2018

Supporting Staff as a School Counselor

Has your school experienced loss, been effected by natural disasters, or had a particularly stressful year? If so, you know the feeling of seeing your staff overwhelmed by stress. What can you do to help? Take Care of Yourself First, put your own oxygen mask on before assisting others. Assess the stressor that is happening […]

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October 3, 2018

3 Tier Comprehensive School Counseling

3 Tier School Counseling

You have a lot on your plate as a school counselor and more on your to-do list than time. Even if you could work into the night, your students are only there a limited amount of time. So how do you make the most of the short time you have with students each day?  By […]

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May 16, 2018

13 Reasons Why: Update for School Counselors

13 Reasons Why is a book, and more popularly, a Netflix show about the suicide of a high school student, Hannah, and the tapes she left behind for her fellow students about the time leading up to her death. The first season was released in Spring 2017 and you can read more about my thoughts […]

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March 6, 2018

Me First! Teach Social Skills Through Games

What kid doesn’t love a game? What kid loves a lecture? When planning my counseling lessons, I like to think about ways I can teach social skills that engage students and puts them in charge of their learning. Games are the perfect tool for just that. Counselor UpI work in central office supporting 140+ elementary […]

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January 31, 2018

Handling Uncomfortable Conversations with Staff and Parents

uncomfortable conversations with staff and parents are a part of school counselor's jobs. A few tips to make these awkward, but important conversations easier.

I have a saying, “If it’s uncomfortable, give it to the counselor.”   Any time that an awkward or uncomfortable conversation needs to take place with a parent, staff member, or volunteer, counselors are called to use our skills to smooth the way for those involved.   Uncomfortable conversations include discussing parenting skills, classroom management, […]

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December 6, 2017

Ready, Set, Second Semester: Make a Plan

It’s time to get ready for 2nd semester! Wait, you say, the 1st semester isn’t even over yet?! Exactly! In order to hit the ground running after winter break, it’s time to crunch some data and create a plan for your 2nd semester so that you are supporting the right students in the right way. […]

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November 6, 2017

School Counselor’s Gratitude Journal

A school counselor's gratitude journal. Dear Diary, I'm thankful for interventions that work and pumpkin spice muffins.

Dear Diary, In honor of Thanksgiving, I am going to be writing a gratitude journal. I am so thankful for today, especially the coffee that I spilled, the milk that was spoiled, the kid that spit on me in 3rd period. But I digress. I am honored and grateful to be a school counselor and […]

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October 11, 2017

Positivity Works: Stepping Out of Negativity

In my third year of my school counseling career, a student asked me “What’s wrong with you Mrs. Atkins? You used to smile.” Wow, out of the mouths of babes, right? The daily grind of our work can start to grind down the positivity that brought us into this helping career in the first place. […]

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