Category Archives for "Teacher Consultation"

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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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 1, 2019

How do you build relationships with teachers?

Building relationships with teachers as a school counselor

A school counselor’s relationships with the teachers in their building is so important for student success. These ideas from Chelsey, Rebecca, Brandy, and Laura will definitely help you build strong relationships with teachers this year.Connecting with TeachersConnecting with teachers is so important, but with all of the other responsibilities we have, it can quickly go […]

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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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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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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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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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September 29, 2017

Conversations: Improving Relationships with Teachers

Teacher Counselor Relationships Have you had a relationship with a teacher that did not get off on the right foot? A teacher who is resistant to a suggested intervention? Check out these tips for improving relationships with teachers in your building. When we work collaboratively with teachers, students succeed. Confident CounselorsWe are a group of […]

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