Want to meet a cool school counselor with awesome ideas? Look no further! J Y Joyner Counselor is a wonderful school counseling blog authored by Andrea Burston. I consistently visit her blog and learn lots of great ideas each time. The photographs and videos alone will let you know how much she enjoys the children she works with and her love of school counseling. I want to take a moment to highlight a few of the things I enjoy about her blog.
- She is very technologically oriented and gives lots of great information about using technology in your school counseling program. Be sure to check out her Top 10 iPad Counselor Apps post. It introduced me to several apps I hadn’t even heard of. If you look further into her archives, you will find several technology posts. Just click the word technology in her labels. You can’t miss it…it’s the biggest word there! She also informed her readers about how to shorten website links for twitter. I’m so glad because before I joined twitter, I didn’t even know what “bit.ly” was! Also, because of Andrea, I now use Pulse to keep up with my favorite blogs.
- A terrific idea I came across on Andrea’s blog is hosting a Character Education Night. I loved this idea the first time I read about it. I like the idea of having a night dedicated to service learning. This is an excellent opportunity to give the kids the experience of doing things for others out of the goodness of their hearts. This is one of the big ideas I really want to introduce at my school next year. Andrea advised me to start small so I will not get overwhelmed. Great advice!
- It never fails. I go to Andrea’s blog and see posts I just would never have thought of. She’s very creative and shares so many great tips and suggestions. One idea that I really like is updating clipboards. Andrea gives step by step instructions on how to take scrapbook paper and Mod Podge to create this. How fun is that? I have a crate of twelve brown clipboards that can’t wait for this update. She’s inspired me to try and tap into my creative side. I know it’s still in there. It’s just a little bit dusty.
So there you have it. Another one of my favorites. It’s a great blog. Don’t just take my word for it. Check out the J Y Joyner Counselor blog today!
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