Look Who’s Been Spotted: School Counselor Blog

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This awesome blog has been around since 2009, so I would be very surprised if many people don’t already know about School Counselor Blog authored by Danielle Shultz.  I visit this blog regularly, and I have been inspired by the wonderful ideas she shares with her readers.  Whatever topic you are looking for, Danielle has it covered.  I want to take this time to highlight why I love this blog.

  • I absolutely love the idea of Career Café! Expanding my students’ awareness of careers is something I want to do at my school.  I recently told my principal that I will be adding this great idea to my school counseling program for the 2012-13 school year.  You can best believe,  Danielle’s blog will be my go-to resource!  She has shared everything you need to get this program started from completing interest surveys to creating a special invitation for students at Vistaprint.  She gives suggestions on how to find speakers for your career café also.  I can’t tell you how excited I am to have learned about this from her blog!  Additionally, she has other posts regarding careers including a career scavenger hunt.  I’m also going to use her idea of “career dress up day” for red ribbon week in October. Love it!! If you’re looking for innovative ideas to include career awareness, check out School Counselor Blog.
  • Danielle is just plain CREATIVE! I’m always impressed with her ideas.  She has shared several unique bulletin board ideas on her blog that I really like.  Be sure to check out “To Proficiency…and Beyond,” “Whoo Can Help You With…,” and “Feeling Puzzled?”  She also had a great idea for National School Counseling Week when she used the theme “How are School Counselors Like Leggos?”  Ever made a stress reliever using a pool noodle? Danielle will show you how! I’m sure I could go on and on about the creative ideas I’ve found on School Counselor Blog.  Be sure to take a look for yourself!
  • School Counselor Blog features great ideas centered around self-esteem.  Danielle’s latest idea is Diva’s Day Out.  I love how she takes the time to create such a special event for her students.  Diva’s are “Determined to reach their goals, Individuals who celebrate their uniqueness, victorious in conquering their fears, and always respectful to others.”  When I read her initial post about this wonderful idea, I could think of several young ladies at my school who would absolutely LOVE to participate in an activity such as this.  She later posted about tearing down the negativity and helping girls to recognize relational aggression.  This is yet another great idea that has inspired me to think outside of the box as I move forward to the coming school year.

I can’t say enough about this great blog.  I am grateful to bloggers like Danielle for sharing their wealth of knowledge with others.  Because of blogs like School Counselor Blog, I am ready to do some new and exciting things in my own school counseling program!

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Character Readers and CD Giveaway!

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In a previous post titled Pass the Mic: Singing About Good Character, I wrote about how I really enjoy singing songs about character traits with my Kindergarten friends.  I mentioned that the readers can be purchased separately but that they also come in sets of six.  This giveaway is for one set of six character readers which will include one CD.  The CD has three versions of each song. There is the regular singing version, an instrumental version, and a read aloud version.  All six songs in this set align with the traits I teach in my school counseling program.

This great resource will include a CD and one of each of the following books:

Dare to Have Courage- Courage

Would It Be Right?- Good Judgment

Telling the Truth- Integrity

Never Give Up- Perseverance

Following the Rules- Respect

Think Before You Act- Self-Discipline

There will be one winner selected to win this prize.  I will contact the winner by email to request the mailing address where he or she would like the CD and readers sent.  I will order and have it delivered directly from Creative Teaching Press.  You may enter this contest by using the Rafflecopter widget below this post.  There are several ways to enter.  You will receive three entries for subscribing for email updates.   Two entries are given for liking Savvy School Counselor on Facebook, tweeting about the giveaway, or pinning this giveaway on Pinterest.  One entry is given for following Savvy School Counselor on Twitter and one for liking this post on Facebook.  Tweeting about the contest can earn two new entires everyday, so be sure to come back for additional entries!

Be sure to enter to win before 11:59 P.M. EST on Friday, June 15th. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.  Thanks for participating!

Congratulations to Giveaway Winner Nola W.!
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They All Scream for Ice Cream!

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I incorporate character traits into each of my classroom guidance lessons.  I’ve mentioned before that my school district focuses on eight specific character traits.  I discuss a different trait each time I visit classes.  Each trait is assigned to a particular month.  So, when I visit, I bring a “scoop of ice cream” with the character trait on it.  I begin all of my guidance lessons by discussing the character trait with the class.  During our discussion, students are able to make connections and share examples of how they show the character trait in their everyday lives.

After sharing the character trait, we talk about my behavior expectations during the guidance lesson.  I remind the class that they are working to earn a new scoop for their ice cream cones.  I give each class a cone to display in their classroom for the school year.  By the end of the year, they have an eight scoop high ice cream cone.  Many teachers display the ice cream cones on the outside of their doors.  Others have special spots in their classrooms to display the cones. If students become too talkative during a lesson, many times I only need to remind them that they are working toward earning a new scoop for their cone.  It’s just a small incentive to keep students on task throughout the lesson and to give them something to show for doing their best.

I also have an extra large ice cream cone to display outside my office door that grows each month as well.  I’ve used it for so many years that it’s a little faded, so I’ll need to make a new one soon.

Do you have a behavior incentive you’ve incorporated in your school counseling program?

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