Sunday, February 7, 2016

New Julia Cook Release Baditude!

I have seen Julia Cook present five times (if you have not had the pleasure find an opportunity to do so) and spoken to her several times in person. I am sure all elementary counselors are very appreciative of her books that show she really "gets" the challenges kids referred to us face.  This new book, Baditude!, is perfect to help students realize it is not the situation but their thinking about the situation that cause the unpleasant emotions and what they can do to change. It is part of the Responsible Me series - check out the other books here http://www.responsible-me

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Check for Understanding - What Stuck With You?

I only get 30 minutes to teach in classrooms. One quick way to check for understanding is to give each student a sticky note and ask them one of the essential questions from the lesson like "Why are random acts of kindness so powerful?" or "What is something new you learned today about problem solving?" or "What is one question you still have about electronic bullying?" Asking the essential question and tabulating the results can give you Perception Data for your lesson if you are following the ASCA National Model. All our students have a number in their class so I just have them put their number on the sticky note. You can put the numbers on your chart and just have them place their response on the laminated chart. That also serves as a quick way for you to remember who was absent when you taught the lesson. There are other versions of this chart on Pinterest...

Friday, February 5, 2016


Here is a picture of my SOLVE bingo game I created to review problem solving skills I teach in groups in first and second grades. The pictures help my lower readers find the skill. I never give certificates or treats my last sessions. I frequently do my post group survey and then play a bingo game geared to the topic for an engaging review.

Monday, February 1, 2016

National School Counseling Week 2016

National School Counseling Week 2016, "School Counseling: The Recipe for Success,"  will be celebrated from Feb. 1-5, 2016, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counseling Association (ASCA), highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. For ideas about how to use this week to educate and advocate for school counseling go to I was the VSCA Elementary Counselor of the Year my district made a video about my program to feature on our local cable network and school division website this week. I agreed to do it to provide more awareness of elementary counseling in our County.

My district made a video featuring my counseling program that is on our district's web page and TV station this week for NSCW

Sunday, January 31, 2016

How to Help with Math Anxiety

I have shared this infographic from with my parents via Twitter. My school has data to show our girls in grades 3 and 5 do not do as well on standardized math assessments as the boys. It is not a difference in ability so this year I am trying to raise parents awareness of ways to encourage girls in math (and science) and identify and remediate any barriers. 

Saturday, January 30, 2016


For the final session of my Chill groups in grades 3-5 I first give the post-group survey and then I review all the strategies we have covered with a bingo game I made called RELAX. I just create the cards in a word document using a table. It works best if you have about 30-35 choices so everyone does not have the same choices. It takes a little time to put the skills  in different places in the columns. For the cards to call the game remember to put the letter for the column (R- blow bubbles). When I call I frequently give a reminder of how that connects to deep breathing or whatever skill was taught. The students love playing bingo and it is a useful fun activity for closure to a group.