I few years ago, I put a Be Wall display on a wall outside my school counseling office. As paper taped to a wall usually does, the ends began to curl. I went behind each piece with hot glue. It looked okay for just a little while longer, but it is time to retire it. I wrote about my display in a School Counseling Office Updates post. The idea originated from the Entirely Elementary…School Counseling blog, and Susan Fuller generously provided links to all of the words and signs for her followers. I really love the idea, so this time I decided to create for a 4×6 collage picture frame to go in my office. With the frame, the ends won’t curl up and should only need a little dusting from time to time. I’m really happy with how it turned out, and I can’t wait to hang it in my office this week when I return to work on Friday.
I purchased the 20×48 frame from Walmart. It was $19.98 and displays twenty-one 4×6 photos. I created word cards with 20 of the words. I used the sheets with the generic photos that come with the frame to position and glue my word cards on, put them back in and my new
Be Wall Be Collage Frame was complete.
Click the following link to download the words I made for my collage frame: Be Collage Frame Word Cards
You can use the words in any frames that hold 4×6 pictures.
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In just three more weeks, I will be back at my school preparing to see my students and starting a brand new school year. Regardless of how much I love my summer break (and I mean LOVE…), there is something exciting about starting over with a fresh, clean slate! It’s time to start thinking about setting up my office and planning for the school year. Here are a few things I want to share again to get you thinking about ideas to incorporate at your school.
A few years ago, I shared how I made this Crafty Character Trait Collage. If you’re like me and enjoy being “crafty” from time to time, this is a fun project to take on. It’s just a matter of finding stickers and letters that appeal to you, scrapbook paper and a little time. Check out this post if you’d like more information on how to create one yourself. Walmart continues to sell these exact same frames in black and brown.
I plan to continue my College and Career Spotlight bulletin board this school year. As I shared in January, half of the board highlights colleges and universities and half spotlights an individual career cluster. Although I didn’t get through many schools during the last school year, the staff at my school was very helpful with supplying school paraphernalia for their Alma Maters. I’m looking forward to spotlighting more this year.
I have really loved using the book Mrs. Joyce Gives the Best High Fives with my students. This book helps facilitate everything you’ll want to touch on during your meet the counselor lessons or new student groups.
Finally, for anyone looking to add to your school counseling resources, starting at midnight tonight, the annual site-wide TpT Back to School Sale will be underway. The sale will run through Tuesday, August 2nd. During those two days, you can save 28% on all the resources in my TpT store. All you need to do is use the Promo Code: BestYear for the complete discount.
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I 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.
Section 2: Friendship (8 lessons)
My Favorite Lesson: Open or Closed? – If you’re picky or stubborn, you can push friends away.
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.
Section 4: Bullying (7 lessons)
My Favorite Lesson: Don’t Cross the Line – This lesson helps students understand two types of teasing.
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.
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.
Section 7: Anger and Self-Control (6 lessons)
My Favorite Lesson: Feeling Angry? – This lesson provides anger management strategies.
Section 8: Problem Solving (4 lessons)
My Favorite Lesson: Coping Skills – Students learn how to deal with the “unsolvable” problems.
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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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
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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I 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.
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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