Ideas to Spread Awareness during Bullying Prevention Month

Posted by GRANT DAVIS

Ideas to Spread Awareness during Bullying Prevention Month

Bullying Prevention is such a vital topic to cover with your students. While I believe in implementing a proactive counseling program that establishes key character traits like kindness and empathy, I also believe in a preventative one that directly educates students on the harmful effects of bullying. Check out these activities you can use to spread awareness. Reminder: If you’re reading this in October, it is Bullying Prevention Month! Bullying Prevention Month Idea 1: Host a Fun Run A fun run is a great way to promote Bullying Prevention Month! Have students pledge how many laps they want to run....

Planning and Assessing your Comprehensive School Counseling Program

Posted by RACHEL DAVIS

Planning and Assessing your Comprehensive School Counseling Program

Having a clear plan for your counseling sessions is essential in delivering a data driven school counseling program. Paired with assessment tools, you can't go wrong! Let's refer to the ASCA School Counselor Professional Standards & Competencies to determine how we can easily plan and assess your program. How to Plan Your Comprehensive School Counseling Program B-PA 2. Identify gaps in achievement, attendance, discipline, opportunity and resources Consult with your admin and look at data to determine deficits that you can help through counseling sessions. For example, if a student is constantly having discipline issues related to self-control you could...

Indirect vs Direct Student Services: A Guide for School Counselors

Posted by RACHEL DAVIS

Indirect vs Direct Student Services: A Guide for School Counselors

As counselors we know that working directly with the kiddos is the best part! But, there's some backend tasks that are also essential to running a smooth school counseling program. I referenced the ASCA School Counselor Professional Standards & Competencies to determine how to distribute and focus our efforts so we can maximize student success! How School Counselors can Provide Indirect Student Services B-SS 1. Design and implement instruction aligned to the ASCA Student Standards: Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success in large-group, classroom, small-group and individual settings Reference the ASCA Student Standards: Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success when...

Productivity Practices for School Counselors

Posted by RACHEL DAVIS

Productivity Practices for School Counselors

As a counselor your day is ever-evolving and full of surprises. This is one of the best parts about the job right? The unpredictability sure isn't boring! However it can make creating a daily schedule pretty tricky! I've developed these easy to implement strategies to make each day organized and efficient. Design your Daily Schedule Start with these two steps when it comes to establishing a system for designing your day. Step 1: Conduct a School Counseling Time Audit Before you can determine how to divide your daily time, you must know what you are currently spending your time on....

School Counseling Hot Topic Referrals

Posted by RACHEL DAVIS

School Counseling Hot Topic Referrals

Do you ever find yourself getting multiple counseling referrals for the same hot topics? When you have a high area of need, sometimes you need to teach and reinforce the same skill across all three tiers! In my experience some hot topics have been anxiety and self-control. I recommend taking a comprehensive approach to teaching social-emotional skills by covering class lessons, small groups, and individual activities on the same topic. Check out these ideas for reaching students at each level. Teaching Anxiety Across Three Tiers of School Counseling Tier 1: Take a preventative approach by teaching an anxiety class lesson...

4 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Teaching Classroom Counseling Lessons

Posted by RACHEL DAVIS

4 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Teaching Classroom Counseling Lessons

Teaching class lessons didn't always come naturally to me. In fact, I used to dread class lessons because I lacked confidence and felt unprepared. How to schedule, plan, and teach class lessons was only briefly covered in my grad school classes. And classroom management was not covered at all! When I landed my first counseling job class lessons were my biggest struggle by far. But, eventually, I got to the point where I loved them. Here are 4 things I wish I knew when I first started teaching class lessons. 1. Schedule for success (and low stress!) Schedule your class...

12 Go-To Counseling Games for the Holiday Season

Posted by RACHEL DAVIS

12 Go-To Counseling Games for the Holiday Season

The countdown to winter break has begun! With Thanksgiving break that felt too short and Christmas break still a couple of weeks away, being a school counselor in this busy season can feel overwhelming sometimes. One of the ways I like to bring in the holiday spirit is by using holiday-themed games in my classroom lessons and counseling sessions. Here are some go-to Winter/Christmas-themed counseling resources that you could use as part of your program too. 1. Countdown to Winter Break Are you a fan of advent calendars? Do students just pop into your office out of the blue? Finding...

How to Conduct a Mid Year Check In using a Data Wall

Posted by RACHEL DAVIS

How to Conduct a Mid Year Check In using a Data Wall

We often think about analyzing data at the end of the school year to reflect on program progress. I am a huge proponent of this and love showcasing my findings in an End of the Year Report, however data tracking isn't only for the end of the year. In fact, it's imperative that we are constantly reviewing our students and program's progress. Why? So we can we constantly improve our services to best fit students' ever changing needs. The praise and approval that comes with advocating for your role? That's just icing on the cake! What is a data wall?...

5 Ways to Embed Teaching Gratitude in Your School Counseling Program

Posted by RACHEL DAVIS

5 Ways to Embed Teaching Gratitude in Your School Counseling Program

It feels like we were preparing for BTS season just a little while ago, and here we are, bracing ourselves for Thanksgiving already! One of the things I love most about the festivity that the end of the year brings is that amidst it all, we are reminded to be grateful for all we have. And as counselors, taking that with us to our students, in different ways, and across the different tiers, is an opportunity I'm personally grateful for. If you're wondering how to incorporate gratitude-themed activities into your lessons and sessions, here's what I'd suggest: 1. Thanksgiving Themed...

How to Use Social Emotional Learning Worksheets and Counseling Journals

Posted by RACHEL DAVIS

How to Use Social Emotional Learning Worksheets and Counseling Journals

I am a firm believer in hands-on, engaging games and activities, but occasionally I like to use social emotional learning worksheets to help reinforce concepts or promote self-reflection in students. A great way to do this is by using a collection of worksheets or journals in small groups or with individual students. Gratitude Journals Gratitude journals are a great way to help students with perspective taking and assessing the size of their problems. Reflecting on what they are thankful for minimizes seemingly large problems. This is a great practice to do with students not only at Thanksgiving but all year...

Favorite Fall-Themed Counseling Resources to Spruce Up Your October

Posted by RACHEL DAVIS

Favorite Fall-Themed Counseling Resources to Spruce Up Your October

It's Fall, ya'll! And that for most of us means incorporating Fall themed activities into our school counseling program. With Halloween coming up and October also being Bullying Prevention Month, it does feel like a double whammy, right? In my experience, kids love seasonal activities, especially the ones we do towards the end of the calendar year, perhaps because they're just more festive. If you're scouting around for engaging school counseling activities to embed into your class lessons or group/individual sessions this month with interesting ways to use them, this post is for you. 1. School-Wide Initiatives One of the...

Social Emotional Learning Activities for Elementary School

Posted by RACHEL DAVIS

Social Emotional Learning Activities for Elementary School

Social emotional learning is an essential component of today's education landscape. Before we can expect children to succeed academically, we must first equip them with the social-emotional skills needed to manage their emotions and interact with their peers. As school counselors we are responsible for SEL instruction through our class lessons, small groups, and individual sessions. There are many topics included in social emotional learning, but three main components are social skills, friendship, and self-control. Social Skills - Social Emotional Learning Activities for Elementary School I love to teach social skills! Some students need more explicit instruction like how to...