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July 31, 2019

8 Healthy Friendship Qualities to Teach Students

healthy friendship qualities

Cultivating healthy friendships amongst students is crucial for a positive learning environment. When students know the difference between healthy and unhealthy behaviors, they are able to modify their behavior. Encourage them to look inward as you review the qualities of a healthy friendship.  Let’s take a look at 8 healthy friendship qualities that you can […]

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March 26, 2019

Fidgets are Tools, Not Toys

Fidget tools in the classroom

After fidget spinners came on the scene, teachers began banning self-regulation tools from the classroom. Students misused them and teachers weren’t prepared for them. These tools get a bad rap when not used properly. Without clear usage rules, they can be a disaster and a distraction. With an effective management plan, using fidget tools in […]

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February 20, 2019

3 Powerful Reasons for Teaching Mindfulness

Powerful Reasons for Teaching Mindfulness to Kids

What is mindfulness? Simply put, it’s the ability to pay attention to the present moment, without any judgment. Although it may seem like a simple task, it’s actually getting harder and harder to practice in our digital world.  We used to get bored waiting in line, so we would sit and enjoy a simple moment. We might smile […]

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November 28, 2018

7 Video Clips to Hook Students into a Teasing Lesson

Use video clips to introduce a lesson on teasing

Teasing between peers can be an ongoing battle causing chaos in the classroom. It’s important to educate students on the difference between playful and mean teasing. Improving student communication can greatly improve classroom culture. To assure student engagement, try using a video clip to introduce this important topic. Using a hook like a video is […]

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October 1, 2018

Empower Students to Report Bullying

Empower students to report bullying and control their reactions

Bullying happens everywhere. Bullies can be big or small, young or old. Recognizing a bully and taking away their power is a life skill that everyone needs to know and practice. In order to prepare our students for a world with bullies in it, we need to empower students to report bullying and control their […]

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March 19, 2018

5 Ways to Reframe Negative Thoughts

Empower students to escape negative thinking traps by guiding them to reframe negative thoughts. Once students identify these cognitive distortions, real change can begin. These thoughts hold them back and keep them from their full potential. In cognitive behavioral therapy, there are dozens of thinking errors that cause the mind to believe things that are […]

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January 29, 2018

4 Easy Ways to Promote National School Counseling Week

Advocating for National School Counseling Week

One week per year, school counselors from around the nation, find ways to spread the word about how school counselors positively impact their schools. National School Counseling Week (NSCW) is a week to celebrate the profession.   The American School Counseling Association, or ASCA, has created this week to advocate for the importance of our […]

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September 7, 2017

5 School Counseling Office Must Haves

Environment matters. From the office walls to your desktop, what you put in your school counseling office sets the tone for your relationship with your students. How do you make your students feel welcome? What do you want your students to be doing and thinking when they come into your office? For me, it’s all […]

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