Image -Based Life Lessons

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Image-Based Life LessonsI recently added another Youthlight school counseling resource to my collection called Image-Based Life Lessons by Eric Cooper.  This book is designed for Kindergarten through 6th grade and comes with a CD which has 50 PowerPoint presentations.  There are eight topics covered and each has anywhere from four to eight lessons.

Each section’s PowerPoints can be opened as one presentation with all of the lessons, or you may chose to open each lesson’s PowerPoint individually.  Lesson’s were created to last about 5-10 minutes, so they may be incorporated with what you are already doing or combined to created a 30 minute lesson.  Scripts and review questions are included for each presentation and can be printed from the CD.

The topics include:

Section 1:  Attitude, Thoughts and Feelings (8 lessons)

My Favorite Lesson:  Grow Your Smarts – Abilities can grow with hard work and practice.

Grow Your Smarts

Section 2:  Friendship (8 lessons)

My Favorite Lesson:  Open or Closed? – If you’re picky or stubborn, you can push friends away.

Open or Closed

Section 3:  Peer Pressure (5 lessons)

My Favorite Lesson:  Ten Ways to Say “No” – Ten great options are provided to help kids who have a difficult time saying no.

Ten Ways to Say No

Section 4:  Bullying (7 lessons)

My Favorite Lesson:  Don’t Cross the Line – This lesson helps students understand two types of teasing.

Don't Cross the Line

Section 5:  Self-Concept (4 lessons)

My Favorite Lesson:  Nobody is 100% Normal – Students learn to accept and embrace the things that make them different.

Nobody is 100 Percent Normal

Section 6:  Hard Work and Career (8 lessons)

My Favorite Lesson:  Plan B – Students with big dreams can think about their plan B…just in case they don’t all work out.

Plan B

Section 7:  Anger and Self-Control (6 lessons)

My Favorite Lesson:  Feeling Angry? – This lesson provides anger management strategies.

Feeling Angry

Section 8:  Problem Solving (4 lessons)

My Favorite Lesson:  Coping Skills – Students learn how to deal with the “unsolvable” problems.

Coping Skills

After taking the time to go through the presentations, I’m able to think about where I could fit them into my school counseling program.  Most of the lessons in the first section, for example, tie in perfectly with Growth Mindset.

Not only can these lessons be used in the classroom, they can be incorporated into small groups and individual sessions.  I believe I will get plenty of use out of this resource with my student self-referrals.

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Targeting Students At-Risk for Substance Abuse

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My thanks to Tim Wayne for sharing the following information and infographic for school counselors created for Bradley University’s online counseling program:

Unexplained absences, dipping academic performance, changing peer groups, and a whole range of physical symptoms: all of these signs can be telling when substance abuse is impacting the life of a student. Substance abuse continues to become a problem for thousands of students each day, with well over half of new users being younger than 18-years old.

As inevitable as drug use may seem among young people, school counselors are in a unique position to make a difference in their community. School counselors can play an important role in heading drug-prevention policies, offering effective prevention messaging, and providing support for students who are most vulnerable to the dangers of addiction.

While a drug-free environment requires an entire community of support, school counselors can play a unique role in recruiting parents, local law enforcement, and youth agencies to create a supportive community to help students resist substance abuse.

Learn more about the statistics of youth drug use, warning signs of substance abuse, and prevention strategies that you can take to make a difference in students’ lives in the infographic below.


Created for the Online Counseling Program at Bradley University

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Thank you, Tim, for sharing this with my readers.  It is great information to refer to as we prepare for the upcoming school year.  Red Ribbon Week will be here before we know it!

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The Savvy Files Series

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Savvy Files SeriesI am excited to launch The Savvy Files Series.  This ongoing series is a group of “file” activities created around various school counseling topics.  Most of the packs will include both a primary and intermediate version.  I have said, and will continue to say in each pack – you of course know your students best and will know which version is most suited for their specific needs.  In my mind, primary may be used for K-2.  Intermediate may be used for grades 2-5.  As a former second grade teacher, I feel as though second grade falls right in between and can go either way in some situations.

These activities are great for all methods of delivery:  Classroom counseling, small groups and individual sessions.  You may choose to prep them ahead of time for your smaller sessions , but only if you want to.  The general idea is for students to do the creating.

So far, five “Files” have been released.  Be sure to download The Friendship Files – FREEBIE from my store.  This pack is free to give everyone the full idea of how the packs are set up.  This pack only contains an intermediate version.

The Friendship Files - FREEBIE

This series is ongoing and each of the packs will be released as they are completed.  So far, along with The Friendship Files, I have released The Bully Buster Files, The Meet the Counselor Files, The New Student Files and The Respect Files.  A list of forthcoming files is included in the FREEBIE.  I also ask that you email me with any ideas you may have for future Savvy Files packs.

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The Meet the Counselor Files - Savvy School Counselor The Bully Buster Files - Savvy School Counselor

 

 

 

 

 

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College Planning Calendar Infographic

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This college planning infographic was recently shared with me, and I wanted to share it with you.  This is a great tool, especially for secondary school counselors and even middle school counselors to use with transitioning eighth graders.

To visit the webpage, Click Here ——>  Complete College Planning Calendar, or click the infographic.

College Planning Guide
Source: Online College Plan.com

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Periscope Interest Survey

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Periscope

 

So…this school counselor is nervously contemplating testing the waters of Periscope.  When I tell you I’m a bundle of nerves thinking about it, that’s an understatement.  However, I think it’s a great way to connect with followers, share ideas and learn as well.

So, I need you to do a couple of things for me:

  1.  Please follow me on Periscope.  My user name is @SvySchCounselor.  Periscope is a free app for IOS and Android.  I had to google “periscope app” when I wanted to download it onto my iPad. I’m not sure if that is still the case.  I was able to find it in the Google Play Store on my Android device.  You’ll need to have a twitter account to create your Periscope account as Twitter is the parent to Periscope.
  2.  Please take this quick survey telling me what kinds of content you’d like to see on a Savvy School Counselor Scope.

  Click Here for Survey!!!

As I work to overcome my fear of pushing the broadcast button… I’ll use your feedback as a guide for mapping my way and helping me decide if I want to go for it.  Also, if you’re a school counselor who Scopes, please let me know so I can follow you.

Thanks for your help!

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College and Career Readiness

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If there is one area I want to see grow in my school counseling program, it is college and career readiness.  Today, I am sharing a great resource and a bulletin board idea.

First, I want to share a book from Youthlight.  Lisa King authored a great resource called How to Create a College Day.  It was created specifically for grades 3-8 so it can be used by both elementary and middle school counselors.

College and Career Readiness - Savvy School CounselorThis resource includes a CD.  It provides a timeline for creating a college day along with lesson plans and activities.  It also includes ideas for bulletin boards and decorations.  Letter templates and forms are already created for you, and the CD includes powerpoints for both a classroom lesson and a stakeholder’s presentation.

A Pre/Post Test is included for gathering data.  There is also a list of suggested speakers for the event.

I like the idea of students “choosing courses” which is how they determine which speakers they would like to hear.  I also like the college day lunch idea where students invite a family member who attended or attends college to come have lunch.  Everyone is encouraged to wear their respective college gear.

There are so many great ideas:  craft activities, reproducible sheets, door decorating ideas and college readiness articles.  I believe the ideas in this book could also be used when planning a career day.

If you are planning a college day or college week at your school, this book is an excellent resource and a great guide.  I am so excited to use it!

Bulletin Board

College and Career Readiness - Savvy School Counselor

This bulletin board is a display I plan to change at different points throughout the school year.  I got the idea from a school counselor I follow on twitter.  (@LFESCounselor)  She created a board similar to this at her school that she changes weekly.  Be sure to check her out on Twitter.  She shares lots of great pictures and ideas from her program.  My time always tends to get away from me, so I named my board “College and Career Spotlight” so I wouldn’t keep missing a weekly deadline…lol.  (Note to self…It’s time to change the board!)  I think it’s been well received.  I started by creating and sending a google form requesting the names of colleges and universities attended by our staff.  The colleges I spotlight will come from that list.  On the right side, I will focus on an individual career cluster.  Once the new school year begins, I’ll be more likely to get through all sixteen clusters.  Hopefully I’ll get through several some a few before the end of the school year. (Where does the time go?  I don’t know how @LFESCounselor does it! lol)

Another way the staff at my school promotes college awareness is by wearing college gear on the last Friday of every month.

Be sure to check out my career products in my store.

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