Category Archives for "Confident Counselors Conversations"

February 10, 2019

Kindness Books We Love

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We love using kindness books in classroom lessons and in counseling sessions. We asked Laura from The Pawsitive School Counselor and Carol Miller, The Middle School Counselor to share their go to children’s books on kindness. Check to see if they some of your favorites too.Kindness Books for Younger StudentsWhen it comes to kindness, caring, […]

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November 2, 2018

Strategies for When Teachers Over Refer Students

How do you handle school counseling referrals? How about a teacher who refers students all the time? Check out these tips from Confident Counselors on how to help a teacher make better referrals for school counseling services.

Part of tiered school counseling services are school counseling referrals from teachers. Getting teachers to make referrals can be a challenge. You can also have teachers who refer way more students than they should. Check out these tips from Laura and Rebecca for how to work with teachers to make necessary referrals.Work With ThemI often […]

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October 31, 2018

Self Regulation Counseling Activities

self regulation activities for school counseling. How do you teach students to regulate their emotions and actions. Emotion regulation is a difficult skill and students benefit from explicit teaching to learning to identify feelings, learn coping strategies, and determine how to manage their feelings.

Self regulation is a key skill for students (and adults). As school counselors, we have a great opportunity to target these skills in the classroom, small groups, and in individual counseling. Keep reading for ideas for self regulation counseling activities from 5 Confident Counselors.Build a PlanMost students who were referred to me for counseling struggled […]

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August 17, 2018

Ways to Welcome New Students

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Every year there are a handful of students who are new to your school. Depending on your community, it might be more than a handful. What do you do to welcome new students? Gretchen, Rebecca, and Kate share ways to welcome new students you may not have tried yet.Lunch ChatsI like to have an informal […]

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August 12, 2018

New School Counselor – Tips For Your First Month

Being a new school counselor is exciting and overwhelming. In the first month as a new school counselor focus on making connections with teachers, parents and students. Listen and understand your school culture. Complete a needs assessment to better understand how to serve your school. Most of all as a school counselor, find time for self care and moments of reflection.

As a new school counselor you are likely feeling excited and overwhelmed. We’ve all been there. A few Confident Counselors have some tips about where you should focus your first month. These are definitely things we all wish we knew when we were a new school counselor.Slow & SteadyIt’s so exciting to start your first […]

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June 22, 2018

Tips for Presenting Guidance Data to Staff

Presenting guidance lesson data to teachers and administration is a great way for school counselors to share the effectiveness of their counseling programs.

Presenting guidance data is a great way to help your school understand what your program does, the impact you have had, and where you intend to grow. It can be a bit overwhelming, so Kate from EduKate & Inspire breaks down how she shares data with teachers using Google forms. Sharing Data with Google Forms […]

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June 15, 2018

School Counselor Summer To-Do List

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What’s on your school counselor summer to-do list? I always have to take a step back when my list gets to be a mile long and really focus my attention on my top two or three. Then again, these ideas from five Confident Counselors have me adding some on to that list. 😉 Organizing School […]

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June 4, 2018

How Do You Collaborate with Specialists?

Collaborating with specialists, such as speech and language pathologists, can help you maximize a student’s progress. When everyone working with a student is on the same page, you have the opportunity to reinforce and practice skills in different settings and with different people. Some schools have regular meetings, some make a point to stop by […]

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