A collaborative blog written by school counselors, school psychologists, and school social workers.

January 15, 2018

Setting Goals for All Students Using Scaffolding

It is essential at the high school level to go beyon a one size fits all model for goal setting and differentiate and scaffold so all students have an opportunity to set goals that work for them.

The start of the new year is the ideal time to reflect and begin setting goals for the remainder of the school year. These can be goals for professional growth, counseling or advisory groups, individual counseling treatment plans, or suggestions you have received from your principal, teachers, or colleagues.   For years, I have worked […]

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January 11, 2018

Responding to Escalating Behavior with a Coordinated Team Response

Problem behavior in the classroom can cause rippling disruptions, lost instructional time, and stress for students and staff. School counselors and psychologists are responsible for managing these situations. Do it more effectively with coordinate team response plans.

Every year, you have at least one student who shows escalating behavior. Your trusty list of de-escalation strategies is ineffective at stopping this disruptive behavior. The reason good strategies, like providing choice or consistently implementing consequences, don’t work 100% of the time is because they are being used regardless of the context of the situation. Providing […]

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