Classroom Guidance, Crafts, Holidays

5 Fun St. Patrick’s Day Counseling Activities

Do you create seasonal activities or themed lessons for your classroom guidance or small group activities? I find that students are so engaged in these seasonal lessons because for whatever reason, they just seem more fun! Seasonal activities feel like a treat because it feels like we're celebrating on top of learning. In March, I… Continue reading 5 Fun St. Patrick’s Day Counseling Activities

School Counseling

School Counselor Valentines

Do you give valentines to your counseling students? While I've never given out valentines to every single student on my caseload, I have always liked to do something little for group counseling or individual counseling students. I mean, I've already stocked up on Target's Dollar Spot bubbles anyway... Here are 3 simple school counselor valentines… Continue reading School Counselor Valentines

Small Group Counseling

Conflict Resolution Skill Building in Small Group Counseling

Conflict resolution is one of those non-negotiable topics for classroom guidance. It always pops up on teacher needs assessments, so it’s a high priority for programming. But sometimes classroom guidance lessons aren’t enough. Oftentimes, I found myself teaching basic steps to conflict resolution and finding that many students were lacking the foundational skills necessary for… Continue reading Conflict Resolution Skill Building in Small Group Counseling

School Counseling, School Counselor

National School Counseling Week: What it’s All About

National School Counseling Week is coming up (February 5-9, 2018), and it's a huge reason to celebrate! But it's also this time of  year when I know some fellow school counselors feel discouraged. We know that teachers, administrators, secretaries and others enjoy appreciation days or weeks where they are showered with gifts and celebrations. Many… Continue reading National School Counseling Week: What it’s All About

Classroom Guidance, School Counseling

Tattling: How to Help Students Make Positive Changes

Do you have students who are tattling all day long? They just love to keep tabs on everyone and don't want teachers to miss one. single. thing?  Tattling can be so frustrating for teachers and peers, but helping these students understand when it's appropriate to tell is an important social skill that can be addressed… Continue reading Tattling: How to Help Students Make Positive Changes

Art Activities, School Counseling, Small Group Counseling

Watercolor Mandala Activity for School Counseling

Lately, I have been playing around with watercolors and crayons to explore different activities that could be used in small group counseling. Two of my favorites are the watercolor affirmation activity and the secret message closing activity. For the more artistic and introspective students, I thought it would be fun to create a mandala using these supplies!… Continue reading Watercolor Mandala Activity for School Counseling

Classroom Guidance, School Counseling

Perseverance Activity Classroom Guidance Lesson

Usually around the end of February or beginning of March, I like to do a perseverance activity in classroom guidance. I find that this is the time of year when everyone is feeling a little burned out. Students (and teachers!) need time to refocus on goals and remind themselves of the skills they have that… Continue reading Perseverance Activity Classroom Guidance Lesson

School Counseling, Small Group Counseling

Small Group Counseling Gift Using the Rhonna Designs App

For many of my small groups, I like to give the group members a small take-away gift or token to remember our group. It's always something small, and generally we make it together in our termination session. Often, we'll write notes to one another or create a collage from magazines to represent growth. When I… Continue reading Small Group Counseling Gift Using the Rhonna Designs App

School Counseling

New Years Resolutions for School Counselors

Are you a New Years resolution setter? When it comes to work, I think it’s important to set SMART goals or resolutions we can stick to and measure. I’m not talking about program goals, but those are important too! I’m talking about resolutions that bring about positive changes to create work-life balance and cut out… Continue reading New Years Resolutions for School Counselors