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Sunday, October 21, 2012

What You Say in Here Stays in Here ...

This past summer on the School Counselor Blog Danielle Schultz talked about how she decorated the walls in her school office. She had created a couple of signs that I absolutely loved and one in particular that wanted to include in my office this year. I loved the banner she created about student privacy, "What You Say in Here Stays in Here." As I mentioned in a previous post, I sort of have a theme in my office this year of polka dots and the colors pink, green and blue so I wanted to relay the same message to my students and keep with my new office decor. 

So I used Photoshop Elements once again to create my own "What You Say in Here Stays in Here" sign and printed it on as a 36"x24" poster. I then laminated the poster at my school. I hung the poster above my desk on the wall facing my office door so that as students passed my office they would always be reminded that what they say in my office remains private. 

I have posted the pdf file on my Teachers Pay Teachers page for other school counselors to utilize in their own offices as well. Or you can also purchase Danielle's version at the School Counselor Blog Store.

Do you have a sign that you absolutely must hang every year in your office? If so what is it? I would love to share it with other school counselors!!

How do you let students know about confidentiality in your office?


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Sunday, October 14, 2012

It's all in a name ...

So you probably saw on Danielle Schultz's School Counselor Blog or Facebook page this week the Ecard that she made about being mistakenly called a Guidance Counselor when you are a School Counselor. It certainly would bother me because we have all worked so hard not only when we were in grad school but also now that we are in this profession helping students, teachers and families. Over the years our roles have changed and evolved to be so much more.

Now I am a School Adjustment Counselor which is a little but different than a School Counselor in Massachusetts (my masters degree is mental health counseling based and a bit lengthier than my friends with a masters in school counseling). I get mistakenly called a lot of different things from people ranging from Guidance Counselor to the one that bothers me the most - the Feelings Teacher! It has become a running joke at school between some of my colleagues because they know it bothers me so much! So I decided to make my own ecard based off of Danielle's!

What do you guys think? Is there a title you get mistakenly called at school that bothers you? Do you correct people when they misspeak or do you just let it go?


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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Worry Stones

I use worry stones with numerous students throughout the school year. The concept is that if you rub the worry stone in your hand then it will help your worries go away. I also love it because they students physically have something in their hand which helps with fidgeting as well!

I used to make all of my worry stones at home and then bring them into school. However, last year I had an epiphany and have had the students help make them! The kids love it because they made it themselves so it holds even more value to them. I have also had students in my friendship lunch bunches help me make them this year because they just think it is a fun craft and they get to play with the clay. Some students have really become quite creative with their designs!

I prefer to use Fimo Soft and Soft Effect Clay. I purchase the clay at my local Michael's Store and when it goes on sale for 4 for $5 I stock up. You can even get your teacher discount in addition to the sale price! 

Below are step-by-step photo directions to make your own worry stones. 

Step 1: Pull off a small amount of 2-3 colors of clay.
Step 2: Push the clay together to form a ball.
Step 3: Roll and twist the clay in your hand to make a 'snake'.

Step 4: Either take your 'snake' and smoosh it together (yes that is the technical term!) or coil it.

Step 5: Roll it into a ball.
Step 6: Press your thumb into the ball until you have an indentation that you can rub your thumb in.

Once you have made several worry stones you need to bake them at 230 degrees for 30 minutes. I bake them in foil pans so there is absolutely no clean up.

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