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

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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...

6 Simple Solutions to Make Classroom Lessons Effective and Enjoyable

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6 Simple Solutions to Make Classroom Lessons Effective and Enjoyable

As a first year counselor, if there was one task that made me a little queasy at school, it was having to teach classroom lessons. I felt unprepared/underprepared for them, considering I had no prior teaching experience or classroom management skills at that point. What helped me overcome this obstacle over the years was more practice, trial and error in the process, and realizing that the more kids effectively reached via tier 1 intervention, the less need for tier 2 and 3 support. But how exactly does one teach classroom lessons that are both effective and enjoyable? Here are a...

5 Ways to Use Boom Cards in the Classroom

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5 Ways to Use Boom Cards in the Classroom

So you're back in school and you get to see your kiddos face-to-face. No more virtual counseling sessions and class lessons on Zoom, no more having to find e-versions of your favorite picture books for class lessons, or looking up dice online for a digital game of chutes and ladders for your small groups. Isn't it great to have some semblance of what work was like pre-pandemic? That said, being the tech nerd that I am, if there was one digital resource I would still use and recommend you use too, it would have to be Boom Cards. Personally, Boom...

3 Strategies to Improve your Classroom Counseling Lessons

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3 Strategies to Improve your Classroom Counseling Lessons

Classroom counseling lessons are essential to your comprehensive school counseling program, however many counselors feel overwhelmed by them. Believe me, I've been there! Check out the following strategies to improve your classroom counseling lessons. 1. How to Teach Counseling Lessons when You Have a Huge Caseload Have you ever thought, "My caseload is too big" I don't have time to do groups, individual sessions, and class lessons!" I've had caseloads from 300-1000+ so I understand the struggle. Before you get overwhelmed break it down into three areas; scheduling, planning, and teaching. Scheduling: Schedule your class lessons in advance by having...

Classroom Counseling Lessons: What I've Learned From My Mistakes!

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Classroom Counseling Lessons: What I've Learned From My Mistakes!

Classroom counseling lessons are essential to your comprehensive school counseling program, however many counselors feel overwhelmed by them. Believe me, I've been there! I've made my fair share of mistakes when it comes to teaching classroom counseling lessons. Hopefully you can learn from mine. Mistakes I Made Teaching Classroom Counseling Lessons Mistake #1: I stretched myself too thin with my schedule causing me to be late and unprepared for classroom lessons. Mistake #2: I stressed myself out by last minute scheduling my lessons every month. Mistake #3: I lost control of the class and didn't know how to redirect or...

School Counselor Questions: How Do I Keep Students Engaged During Classroom Lessons?

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School Counselor Questions: How Do I Keep Students Engaged During Classroom Lessons?

It can be challenging to keep students engaged during an individual session or small group, but a class lesson? That's a whole different ball game! 3 Tools for Keeping Students Engaged in Classroom Counseling Lessons An engaging class lesson accomplishes two things: Helps students retain the information by using fun activities Preventatively manages behaviors (distracted kiddos are usually off task!) Even if you realize the importance of creating an engaging class lesson, it doesn't necessarily mean you have the know-how! Try using the following lesson styles to spice up your counseling lessons and keep kiddos engaged. Escape Rooms Create an...

School Counselor Questions: How do I Know Which Topics to Teach in My Class Lessons?

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School Counselor Questions: How do I Know Which Topics to Teach in My Class Lessons?

You may be having a difficult time determining what topics to teach in your classroom counseling lessons. How do you know what to cover and when? Which topics are most important? Check out these seven ways to source classroom counseling lesson topics. 7 Ways to Source Classroom Lesson Topics Books Refer to curriculum provided to you or use a SEL picture book to base your counseling lessons around. Your school may provide you with a curriculum they'd like you to use, like Second Step. If so, this is great news because it alleviates the responsibility of planning for you! However...

The Complete Guide to Teaching Class SEL Lessons: Tier 1 Interventions

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The Complete Guide to Teaching Class SEL Lessons: Tier 1 Interventions

Teaching class lessons was one of my biggest struggles when I first started counseling, but now it's one of my favorite things to do! It's a great way to reach the maximum number of students with preventative social-emotional lessons. 4 Classroom Management Strategies for Counselors As counselors we usually don't have a class in grad school on classroom management. When I first started teaching class lessons I had no clue how to manage behavior while simultaneously teaching engaging content to 20+ students! I found these tools extremely helpful while teaching class lessons: Use a call back - Use a call...

Yearlong SEL Class Lesson Ideas for K-12

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Yearlong SEL Class Lesson Ideas for K-12

Find ideas for K-12 school counseling SEL class lessons and guidance lessons. Includes free resources, videos, and activity ideas.