Kindness: 26 Ways Kids Can Show It
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by Vanessa
5d ago
The Great Kindness Challenge begins today and lasts through Friday, January 27. This annual event is celebrated by many schools across the nation and is a perfect time to “Empower your students to create a culture of kindness!” This event started twelve years ago. Some of you may already officially be a part of this movement, but if you aren’t and want to know more about it, check out the brief video below for more details. This year’s hashtags are #GrowKindness along with #GreatKindnessChallenge. If you are participating, be sure to use these hashtags on your social media posts. You can als ..read more
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Counseling Co-workers: Two Heads Are Better Than One
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by Vanessa
2w ago
We all know that ASCA recommends a 1:250 school counselor-to-student ratio. Having a counseling co-worker at the elementary school level used to be unheard of. Although I know many elementary counselors are still flying solo in 2023, many school districts are attempting to find the funds to support increasing the number of counselors in elementary schools. I spent my first twelve years in school counseling without a counseling co-worker, so I know all about that life and how overwhelming it can be. I know there are still many of you who are not only flying solo, but you are also working betwe ..read more
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National Boards: Component 3 Videos
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by Vanessa
3w ago
Component 3 involves submitting video footage as part of your evidence. Today, I’ll discuss a few things to think about when it comes to creating your videos. Most of what I wrote in an older post, National Boards: Pointers for Videos, is still relevant to the current National Boards process. However, in the current process, Component 3 is the only part of your portfolio that requires video footage. There are still two videos required and each should focus on topics that tie directly to your instructional goals. Your videos will feature two separate units and will demonstrate evidence of how ..read more
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Merry Christmas, Savvy Friends!
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by Vanessa
1M ago
May the joy and peace of this holiday season be with you and yours! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Follow @svyschcounselor ..read more
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It’s Self-Care Time!
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by Vanessa
1M ago
If you haven’t already started your winter break, you should be starting it soon! Please let Self-Care be one of your top priorities! All the worries from school can sit tight until the new year, so be sure to leave them at school. Take time to do the things you enjoy. Play a few mindless games on your device, console, or phone, binge-watch that series you’ve been meaning to see for months, and enjoy all the foods you’ve been waiting for. (I believe I heard calories don’t count for school counselors for at least the rest of December!) School counselors work so hard each and every day, so my w ..read more
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3 Reasons to Host a School Counseling Intern
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by Vanessa
1M ago
Nine school counseling interns have been a part of my program throughout my years as a school counselor. I have always enjoyed working with my interns and introducing them to the world of school counseling. If you’ve ever thought about being a site supervisor but still haven’t taken the leap, here are my three reasons for hosting and why I believe you should give it a try. Hosting An Intern Demonstrates Leadership Most school counselor evaluations include an area that allows you to highlight your work as a leader. School counselor roles, as described by ASCA, naturally place you in a position ..read more
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Prepping Kids for Middle School
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by Vanessa
1M ago
Although middle school is still months off for your students, now is a great time to begin discussing their upcoming transition with them. There was a time when I would only do middle school transition activities near the end of the school year, but in 2019 I began starting the discussion in December. I found that my students were very excited to start the conversation early. In the post Middle School Transistion, I discussed a couple of questions I always ask my students to start the discussion about how they are feeling about leaving elementary school. I also mentioned possibly including qu ..read more
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National Boards: Planning for Component 2
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by Vanessa
2M ago
As I mentioned in my last National Boards post, Component 2 will showcase your ability to differentiate instruction by designing a small group that focuses on a critical need and provides appropriately differentiated instruction for the students involved. Component 2 is the same as what was previously known as “Entry 1.” The blog post “National Boards: Planning for Entry 1” is still relevant. In this post, I will revisit identifying a critical student need, discuss aligning the assignment you’ll use for the student work samples with the “analysis of student work” section of your written comme ..read more
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3 Ways to Use The Savvy Files
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by Vanessa
2M ago
I started The Savvy Files Series a few years ago in order to have a quick set of activities to pull from for a variety of topics. Many times as I would create my lessons, I just needed something to tie the individual topics altogether at the end or as a guide to use throughout the lessons. Today, I want to share how I have used them in my school counseling program. A Savvy File is a “file pocket” with five tabs that fit inside. Each tab has a brief activity that supports the topic. Depending on the topic, some tabs may provide a definition such as the meaning of a character trait. Each “tab ..read more
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Inappropriate School Counselor Activities
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by Vanessa
2M ago
The American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) list of appropriate and inappropriate activities for school counselors is a great reference. School counselors naturally wear lots of hats every day, and many understand that to be part of the job. Today, I will be talking about what ASCA says and sharing the results of an anonymous survey I sent to my email subscribers. The ASCA document is called “Appropriate and Inappropriate Activities for School Counselors.” Of course, school counselor responsibilities vary across elementary, middle, and high school. For the most part, with a few excepti ..read more
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