A New Savvy Look and Sale

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Blog Button - New2I’ve updated my button and tweaked the “look” of my blog page.  Can you tell what’s different?  I’ve moved from stripes to polka dots!  I wanted a little change without making too much of a change…at least for now.

I’m excited to announce the next site-wide TpT sale happening at midnight tonight:  May 5.  The sale will run through Wednesday, May 6.  During those two days, you can save 28% on all items in my store and most other stores on TpT.  All you need to do is use the Promo Code:  ThankYou for the complete discount.  However, I will be continuing the sale in my store through Thursday, May 7.  Please Note:  The promo code will no longer work on May 7.  You will receive a 20% discount only on Thursday.

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School Counseling Group: Attendance Matters

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Attendance Group - Savvy School CounselorIn my school counseling program, I have enjoyed doing attendance small group sessions.  My students have really enjoyed the activities and seem to get the big picture of why regular school attendance is so important.

The small group meets six times.  Each year, I use attendance data to form the group and include it as part of my ASCA National Model Plan for the school year.  For the past two years, I’ve worked with third graders.  The selected students usually have 15+ absences from the previous school year.

During our first session, the students brainstorm reasons why school attendance matters.  This year, I had them brainstorm on their own sheets first.  I used discussion cards to help students who couldn’t think of enough ideas for their sheets.  While we discussed the different ideas, they were free to add them to their own lists.  We concluded by filling in the bubble chart together.

Session one- School Attendance Matters Group - Savvy School Counselor

For the second session, the students made a foldable.  Inside, they wrote about Responsible Routines. After assembling the foldable with the labels, they wrote under each flap giving responsible routines for the morning, after school and at night.  This includes routines such as waking up on time to get to school, having everything ready for the next day the night before and going to bed at a decent hour.

Responsible Routines Foldable - Attendance Matters - Savvy School Counselor

When we met for the third session, the students watched two videos about the importance of school attendance.   One video is an attendance rap and the other shows the staff at a school, along with students, talking about different reasons why it’s important to attend school regularly.  While watching, they write points from the videos that stand out to them. Afterwards, the group members share their notes. Next, we begin making  a fortune teller using information shared by the group along with the brainstorming sheets from the first session.

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Our fourth session involves finishing the fortune tellers and completing the  “Set the Scene” activity.  “Set the Scene” allows us to discuss the path from good attendance in school to a career.  The students cut out, sequence and glue six strips in order and illustrate each on the filmstrip sheet.

Attendance Fortune Teller- Savvy School Counselor

Attendance Fortune Teller - Savvy School Counselor

"Set the Scene" - School Attendance Matters - Savvy School Counselor

During the fifth session, we play an attendance board game.  This game  includes questions about the information from the first four sessions. If there are any activities that students need to finish from previous meetings, time is allowed during this session.

When we meet for our final session, we play Roll and Respond.  Students roll a die and respond to sentence starters about attendance. Before leaving, they complete an exit ticket which reflects what they’ve learned during the small group.  They take all of their completed activities with them to share with their teachers and families.  

After we have completed the small group, I continue to keep up with the attendance patterns of each of the students when I meet monthly with the attendance committee at my school.  I will also meet again with the students to review what was learned in our small group.  Individual sessions are held with students who continue to have attendance concerns.  The good news:  This year’s attendance data for the group is looking good and is much better than what they ended the school year with last year!

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It’s a Savvy Cyber Sale!

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Tomorrow is Cyber Monday!  So the Savvy School Counselor Store is participating in the Teachers pay Teachers Site-wide sale.  The sale begins tonight at 12:01 A.M. (December 1) and will run until 11:59 P.M. on Tuesday, December 2.  Everything in my store will be discounted by 20%.  You can also receive an additional 10% discount when you use the promo code TPTCYBER upon checkout.  These discounts will be in addition to my already discounted combo and bundle packs.

Be sure to check out my monthly school counselor activity packs.  They are sold individually, in seasonal combos and as one Mega Pack.

I have several people who contact me to make specific requests. So I created this Google Form. Do you have a request for a product? Tell me about it. If I create it, you will receive it free!

Follow this link to leave a request:  http://goo.gl/forms/le071npx2s

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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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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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TpT “School Counselor” Blog Hop

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TPT School Counselor Blog HopI’m excited to join Heather today for the Teachers pay Teachers School Counselor Blog Hop.  Heather, author of The Helpful Counselor blog, came up with the idea for participants to create posts highlighting their favorite paid and free TpT resources.

The first resource I am highlighting is one of my FREE products.  Tattling Vs. Reporting is my most popular freebie.  I created it for school counselors and teachers to help their students understand the differences between the two words.  Doing this activity helps students learn that tattling is used to get a person into trouble, but reporting is used to get a person out of trouble.  To complete the activity, students cut out ten statements children could make to their teacher or another adult.  They decide which five are necessary to “report” to the teacher.  We report situations to an adult when someone is being hurt mentally or physically or if property is being damaged on purpose.  The remaining five statements are examples of tattling.  Tattling occurs when children tell an adult what another child is doing in hopes of getting him or her into trouble.  The statements are usually problems that could be ignored.  With kids being kids, I don’t see the need for the this type of lesson ever going away. :)

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The paid resource I chose to highlight is Good Character is Popping Up Everywhere.  This product has a popcorn theme and sells for $3.75.  It includes 8 character trait display cards and  a character trait paper folding activity similar to the one I wrote about in THIS POST. Each trait and a picture is printed on the outside of each flap.  Under the character flap, students write about what the trait means and give an example of how one would demonstrate the trait.  My Favorite Character Trait is another activity for students to write about their favorite trait, tell how they show the trait and draw a self-portrait. A word search and answer key is also included. There is a Brainstorm and Write sheet which can be used when teaching character traits or many other subjects.  Be sure to check out the preview link for this product on TpT to see what’s included.

My bulletin board display ties in well too!  Eight pieces of the popcorn have a character trait on them.  This board is located in the main hallway of my school.  Pictures of students showing good character can be added throughout the school year.

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You can check out some other favorites on the right side of this page. ———–>

Be sure to check out posts from the other School Counselor Blog Hop Participants:

Heather – The Helpful Counselor

Tabitha – Scrapbook of a School Counselor

Melanie – The Stylish School Counselor

Colleen – One Stop Counseling Shop

Thanks, Heather, for inviting me to participate!

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