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

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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March 17, 2019

5 Strategies for Testing Taking Success

Testing season can be the cause of anxiety and frustration for students and teachers alike. As school counselors, we have the unique ability to help prepare our students for test success in a multitude of ways. In addition to helping reinforce test-taking skills, we can teach students how to handle and cope with the big […]

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March 14, 2019

Test Anxiety: Activities and Ideas That Help

Activities to support students with test anxiety.

High stakes state testing can generate a lot of anxiety for students and adults alike. Counselors are uniquely prepared to support students so they have the strategies to manage this anxiety and do the best they can. Five Confident Counselors share their go-to activities and ideas for testing season.Positive Thinking & Calming StrategiesDuring testing season, […]

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March 10, 2019

Teaching Expected and Unexpected Behaviors

Although our work as school counselors can be very rewarding, it can also be frustrating! One of the things I have always found most frustrating is working with children who don’t seem to care at all about how their behavior affects others. They just don’t seem to realize that their behavior can have such a […]

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March 7, 2019

Our Favorite Ways to Teach Organizational Skills

teaching organizational skills

Organizational skills are important to a student’s success at any age. That said, it can be a bit of a dry topic. Keep reading how four Confident Counselors teach organizational skills to students in K-8.Make It Real and PersonalLots of our students hear “you need to be organized” but don’t actually know what this means […]

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March 5, 2019

15 Strategies to Help Kids Deal with Stress

Are you working with totally stressed out students in school counseling? Check out these 15 strategies to help kids deal with stress! Stress management for kids is important in elementary school, middle school, and high school. Help kids cope with stress with these 15 stress busting coping skills.

During the second quarter of the school year, I started talking to my seventh graders about stress. We did a simple self-assessment and nearly all of my students were reporting high levels of stress about things like school work and interpersonal problems. This is of course not unique to my students. According to a study […]

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March 3, 2019

Spice Up Your Classroom Guidance Lessons

Engaging classroom guidance lessons

Classroom guidance lessons can be tricky. You are not in each classroom frequently enough to develop consistent routines, every classroom has their own dynamic, and your lessons might be, well a bit boring. Check out tips from four Confident Counselors about how they spice up their classroom guidance lessons.Get Them MovingTo spice up classroom guidance […]

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February 28, 2019

Making The Most Out Of Non-Counseling Duties

In a perfect non-counseling duties would not be part of our schedule. There can be an upside to tasks that do not require our advanced degrees. Keep reading to see how three Confident Counselors make the most our of non-counseling duties.Build RelationshipsAny non-counseling duty can quickly become a chance for building authentic relationships with students […]

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