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.
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.
There is something magical about the way a new year can feel like a clean slate. In schools, we are pretty lucky because we get this clean slate twice a year. As we head back to school this week, we are working on resolutions, not just our students, but for ourselves. What are your personal and professional resolutions for the new year?
As counselors, we are constantly trying to help students make progress academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. We know how necessary it is to use effective techniques to help students set goals, break them into manageable tasks, and track those goals. Here are a few tips and resources that may be helpful as we begin 2017.
Beating Stress During the Holidays and After
Our positions can be challenging and stressful. It is important during this hectic time of year to be mindful of your stress. Check out tips from some veterans on how they manage and take care of themselves.
Teaching & Encouraging Growth Mindset
Growth mindset, from Dr. Carol Dweck, is a revolutionarily simple yet often misunderstood concept. Teaching and encouraging a growth mindset in students is school counselor territory. In our school, it is essential that we understand the foundational concepts so we can support implementation and work effectively with our students. Confident Counselors are ready with some pointers and words of wisdom from their own practice.
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.
“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
- Friendly & Respectful, or Unfriendly & Disrespectful from Mrs. Bell, The Crafty Counselor
- The Bruised and the Beautiful Apple: A Powerful Lesson in Bullying from Single Dad Laughing
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.
“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
- Bullying Awareness Activity for Students: The Power Shuffle.
Every 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.
“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
- Conflict Escalator Activity Pages from School Counseling Files