A Treasure Chest of Test Taking Tips

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Testing Treasures- A fun way to share simple test taking tips with your students- SavvySchoolCounselor.com

While looking through one of my favorite Test Taking resources, Excite Me! Motivate Me! Test Me! by Sandra Robinson, I came across another great idea.  I couldn’t wait to find a treasure chest!  Here’s a fun way to share a few basic test taking tips with your students:

What you’ll need:

  • A treasure chest (I was just about to order one from Oriental Trading before a co-worker had one she didn’t need anymore!)
  • A pencil- This reminds students to have a #2 pencil.
  • A clock- This reminds students to use their time wisely.
  • Cake mix- This reminds students to follow the directions.
  • A pillow- This is to remind the students to get a good night’s rest.
  • Glasses- These remind the students to keep their eyes on their own papers.
  • Checkers- These remind the students to check over their work.
  • Cereal- This reminds the students to eat a good breakfast.
  • A hanger- This reminds the students not to give up – just “hang” in there!

I was able to find just about everything on the list.  I couldn’t find a small enough pillow, so I purchased a small piece of felt and some pillow filling and made it myself by sealing the edges with stitch witchery.  I found a small checkers game and the glasses at the Dollar Tree.  I purchased a variety pack of cereal so the box would be small enough, and I found a small Jiffy Cake Mix.  The hanger came in a set of baby hangers from the Dollar Tree also, and the small clock I found at Walmart.  I grabbed an extra pencil from a drawer, and I was set!

Testing Treasures- A fun way to share simple test taking tips with your students- SavvySchoolCounselor.com

I can’t wait to use this as I begin working with my students on test taking tips.

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Cyber Monday (and Tuesday) TpT Sale!!

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Teachers pay Teachers is having it’s quarterly site wide sale on Monday, December 2nd and Tuesday, December 3rd.   Everything in my store will be 20% off. Use the code CYBER to receive another 8% for a total of 28% in discounts.

Cyber Monday (and Tuesday) TpT Sale- Dec. 2-3

My newest products include my School Counselor’s December Activity Pack and my School Counselor’s January Activity Pack.

School Counselor's December Activity Pack

School Counselor's January Activity Pack

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The A, B, C, and D of Bullying

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Free Bullying Poster- SavvySchoolCounselor.comWith Bullying Prevention Month in full swing, I have been focusing on the subject in my school counseling lessons.  A resource I’ve mentioned before that I really enjoy using is Diane Senn’s Bullying in the Girl’s World.  This week, I began using the PowerPoint (that comes on the CD in the book) with my fifth grade friends.  The PowerPoint is such a great discussion starter.  I thoroughly enjoy using it with my students.  This lesson is one time where we are simply having a discussion and nothing else.  I once felt like I needed to come up with something for them to “do” while we went through the slides, but they are always so engaged that the PowerPoint is enough.

It first asks the students to raise their hands if they have ever bullied someone.  This is always interesting.  I usually do have 2-4 students who are brave enough to admit this from the beginning.  I always commend them for having the courage to raise their hands.  After going through several examples of “bully behavior” another slide says to raise your hand if you’ve had bully behaviors.  At this point, I’ll usually see more hands come up.  Many students don’t realize what bullying truly is.  Many are quick to say they are being bullied.  This lesson really helps them understand more clearly.  I’ve said it before, but this book is a must have for elementary and middle school counselors in my opinion.  I LOVE it!  The classroom lessons section is great for both boys and girls.

Bulllying in the Girl's Word by Diane Senn

Dr. Robyn Silverman, a child development specialist, was a guest on Good Morning America yesterday.  She was there to discuss an incident in the news that was being called bullying.  She spoke about what bullying is and it fell right in line with the PowerPoint I have been using with my fifth graders.  I loved her A, B, C, and D of Bullying.  She says when determining if a situation is bullying or not, remember A, B, C, and D:

  • A- Aggressive: Bullies attack physically, socially, or emotionally.
  • B- Balance of Power is Unequal:  The balance of power is usually unequal such as bigger vs. smaller and older vs. younger.  I added Diane Senn’s point about the power of popularity.
  • C- Consistent:  Bullying happens more than once over a period of time.
  • D- Deliberate: A person usually bullies with an intent to do hurt or harm.

I thought this information would make a great poster to put in classrooms to help students remember what bullying is.  So of course once I got home, I made one.  I envisioned the black background with the colored letters, but I decided to make one with a white background and a black and white version to give you options.  You can download your free copy by clicking HERE or by clicking the picture of the poster at the top of this post.

I’ll be starting The Weird Series again with my 4th graders in November.  I’m looking forward to doing those lessons again.  If you don’t know about those wonderful books, just click HERE to see my three posts.

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Facebook Fan Freebie- Character Trait Coloring Pages

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I am so excited to add a new feature to my Facebook fan page.  Fans of the Savvy School Counselor Facebook Page will now receive exclusive fan freebies through Facebook only.  These freebies will not be posted in my TpT store.

My first freebie is called Character Trait Coloring Pages.  It comes with six coloring pages to use with students featuring the character traits courage, respect, integrity, kindness, fairness, and caring.

FREEBIE Character Trait Coloring Pages

I look forward to sharing more freebies with Savvy School Counselor followers!  Thank you all so much for your support.  It really means a lot.

Click on the “Facebook Fan Freebies” box at the top of my Facebook Fan Page to get yours today!

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A School Counselor Lunch Bunch Linky Party

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I was so excited to see this linky party on Tabitha’s blog, Scrapbook of a School Counselor.  Lunch bunch is one of my favorite things about my school counseling program.  You can check out my lunch bunch posts by clicking HERE.

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For me, lunch bunch is a time to connect with students in an informal setting.  It is an opportunity to focus on a variety of needs within my school’s population that I may not otherwise have the chance to address during my classroom counseling lessons.  It also allows me to get more small groups in during the school year that will not take away from instruction time.  I usually have between 4-6 students per lunch bunch.

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I usually find activities that do not involve writing or coloring.  This usually includes a book, discussion cards, or a discussion cube.  Some activities with laminated cards work well during lunch bunch also.  Some lunch bunches are just a time to get to know students.  During these types of groups, we mainly just chat and learn about some of the things we may have in common with each other.

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Over the past few years, I have created a schedule which includes each grade level (K-5) in my school.  On a good year, I’m usually able to see children from each grade level between 7-9 times which is up to 54 groups.  To do this, I create a schedule which allows me to see two grade levels per week.  I send the form found in this blog post to each grade level the week before their assigned date.  The teachers are able to select the students they feel need the topic OR they tell me a need within their grade level they would like addressed.

This year, I am having lunch bunch groups with all of the new first through fifth graders in our school.   This will probably take me until the end of September to accomplish, but I am enjoying meeting them all.  Once I’m able to get through those groups, I will begin to plan out the rest of the year.  I may tweak my Lunch Bunch program some this year and see how things go.

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I use my lunch bunch time as a way to reward good behavior as well.  In our school, students are expected to S.O.A.R.  S is for Show respect, O is for Order and Safety, A is for Awesome attitude, and R is for responsibility.  On occasion, I ask teachers to send their “SOARing” students for a mini celebration of sorts.  Their accomplishment is a big deal and I make sure they know it.  I usually invite an administrator to stop by and give pats on the back as well.

 

If you would like to participate, here are the instructions:
-Create a blog post titled “A School Counselor Lunch Bunch Linky Party”
-Place the Linky Party logo (above) in your post.
-Answer the questions (above). You are free to copy and past Tabitha’s headers as I did if you’d like.
-Submit your blog post link by visiting Tabitha’s blog post which is linked above . Be sure to link to the actual post, not your homepage.

 

Thanks, Tabitha, for creating a great linky party!  It’s so great to learn and get new ideas from each other!
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TpT Two-Day Back to School Sale

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Teachers pay Teachers is having it’s quarterly site wide sale today and tomorrow.  Use the code BTS13 to receive 10% off of your total purchase after the seller’s discount.  I have added an additional 20% off in my store on all products, for a total of 28% off any purchases made today and tomorrow.

The newest product in my store is for Red Ribbon Week. Be sure to check out “Being Drug Free is How We Roll!”

Red Ribbon Week Activity Pack- Savvy School Counselor

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