It's National School Counselor Week!
It's time to celebrate to advocate. I had a wonderful plan for the week, and then illness hit and our county closed. So I am celebrating some of this week from home (is there any better gift?). But here is a brief outline of my original plan:
First, I sent out a newsletter with a daily activity or giveaway for my teachers. I also printed this wonderful infographic by the TN School Counseling Association on the back about how we became the wonderful school counselors we are today.
School Counselors think their students are soda-lightful.
Thanks to the Middle School Counselor for this idea. I set out her adorable sign and some soda's in work room for a treat.
I hosted a parent workshop on stress/anger management. Each parent received a goodie bag for coming. The bags included hangouts, brochures, pencils for journaling, stress/fidget toys, bubbles, stickers for reward charts, etc. I also had tons of books for parents to check out. I will follow this up with a thank and you and links to more resources.
I love ...
I love being a school counselor because my students rock. Why do you love having a school counselor? I put one sign outside my office and printed copies of the sign for teachers to complete with their class/grade level team. Every class that sends me a picture or shares with me will get a special treat.
Counselors encourage students #reachhigher! Wear your favorite college gear and ask your students what they want to be during morning meeting.
I also created this hall display with my amazing intern, about how counselors help during each stage- elementary, middle, high school, college, and beyond.
Morning Meeting Day-
I will (or had hoped to) visit classrooms during morning meetings this month to read this wonderful book. I hoped to share with them why I love working with them and ask them what they love/are grateful for.
Take time to de-stress. I had bubble wrap from an old move so I created little stress reliving goodies for the teachers.
Counselors "chip" in. I have been very focused on helping my admin. understand my role this year, so I created a little "chip in" handout that explains my job. I can easily staple this to a bag of chips and bam.
Each month I put a character ed. mystery reader book on our Canvas system, what teachers use to watch the news. I reminded teacher to watch the Character Education mystery reader video. I asked classes to guess and vote on who they think the mystery reader is for February. If they E-mail their guess (1 per class) and I will put the correct answers in a drawing for a prize or give each class a surprise. This month our book is One.
Need more ideas?
Visit the Elementary School Counselor Idea Exchange Group on Facebook.
Check out Pinterest.
Is there any better way to say " I love you" than with a sale?