This is my 12th year as a School Counselor, and this year is proving to be quite a challenge! I have taken on more roles in my professional organizations, and am so grateful to do so. However, learning to balance both is taking some getting used to. With that in mind, I gave myself permission to scale back a little on trying to come up with my own amazing lessons for Guidance. Thank goodness I did! I have discovered some wonderful resources and lessons that I just had to share! PS...I don't make any money for endorsing any of these products. I'm just a regular ole counselor who likes to share what she knows.
First, you MUST check out Eve Coates' Teacher's Pay Teacher's store! She is amazing! She has wonderful powerpoints on each of the 7 habits, as well as growth mindset, and so much more! What I LOVE about her work, is how it's student friendly for grades K-5, and easily adaptable. They almost always take up the whole time, so I don't feel like I'm scrambling for more to do or say. The concepts are taught in a way that really makes sense to my students as well! I bought her expansion pack for Growth Mindset, (at $18 it was more than I like to spend but TOTALLY worth it). It went deeper into growth mindset than I have ever gone, and the kids are really responding to it. She is my official "go to" person when I am stuck on a lesson!!
Next, Counselor Keri. Her work with School Counseling is phenomenal! You can go to her blog and sign up for her newsletters, and she sends all kinds of freebies, and helpful tips! I haven't purchased much of her things on Teacher's Pay Teachers yet, but the freebies that she has provided are enough for me to buy anything she's selling!
I began this blog as a means to help inspire counselors and to hopefully share my work with you because I know how it is to feel lost or stuck in this position sometimes. These two women (and more) have reignited a desire in me to want to do more for my profession, and to get more creative with my own work with kids! If you want to share what you're doing, please feel free to email me, and I'll be happy to pass it along!
I knew that Google was amazing, but this year, I am learning even more amazing things that Google can do, and how to incorporate into my Counseling Program. For starters, I have upgraded my School Counselor Request form and learned how to make it two or three forms in one. I plan on doing a screencastify tutorial very soon! This has been a game changer. Now, students, teachers, and parents need only find one link in order to communicate their needs to me. Next on my Google adventures is how I've been able to use Google Sites to develop Leadership Notebooks for all students in Grades 3-5. Students are loving being able to add their data into this digital notebook, and I am certain this will be big selling point for parents when Student Led Conferences begin next month. I helped all the students set up their site in Guidance this week, and they have each shared them with me. This is allowing me to see right away how they are doing in their classes and help celebrate their successes. Finally, I am most excited about just how easy it's been to create a Google Classroom for all my students. This is going to be huge when I want to share something specific to their grade level and will enable the students to access resources any time they'd like. I plan on adding Junior High Transition information to 5th grade, as well as study and organizational in all the grades. I also included my request form in the classroom so that it will just that much easier to find a way to communicate with me.