Read through this one pretty quickly, because a huge chunk of it is the same (maybe exactly the same) content as in ‘Lost at School’. The biggest difference seems to be the intended audience: 👉🏻 ‘Lost at School’ is aimed at the folk doing the day to day work with the kiddos. I see this is a great fit for teachers and staff/faculty running reset rooms, etc. 👉🏻 ‘Lost and Found’ might be a better fit for faculty members like admin and deans who might provide training, coaching, or mentoring in behavior management. I think this one also provides some helpful ideas and scripting when consulting with teachers and running child study meetings. It certainly provides great info on the overall ideology as well as Plan B details, but it has some bits that wouldn’t apply as well to classroom teachers.
I’m a bit late to the game on this book but I’m glad I finally took the time to read it! Quick thoughts: ➡️ This would make for an awesome faculty book study. While I think counselors can certainly get something out of it, the bulk of it is geared toward coaching teachers on the type of conversations (“Plan B”) they can have with students. ➡️ The basis of the book is that student misbehavior is due to the expectations/demands of the school outweighing the skills of the student. It teaches how to frame the problem(s) as ‘lagging skills’ and target those, as opposed to student choice or a lack of student motivation. ➡️ The Plan B conversations it teaches and models aren’t an easy or fast intervention. A quick read of this book can help educators (teachers, counselors, everyone!) adopt a new mindset and conceptualize student behavior in a new (and maybe more helpful) way. To really put the Collaborative Problem Solving method into action, however, will take more time. Discussion with colleagues. Case studies. Modeling. Practicing. Re-reading. I think this could be time well spent, but it’s important to know this isn’t necessarily a ‘read and go’ type PD book. 💭 I think this book is very helpful in outline ONE way of conceptualizing and intervening in student behavior. I don’t think it’s the only way or always the best way, but I do think it is useful to add to your toolkit. 💭 There are elements of the Plan B conversations and methodology that might not line up with your personal counseling theories/modalities/beliefs. There is a lot of questioning involved, and the focus is placed off of emotions. 📝 I’ve got a copy of ‘Lost and Found’ by Ross Greene to get into next! 🙃 No, I haven’t finished ‘Self-Reg’ yet. I will someday, but I had a tough time getting into it, maybe because it felt more systemic or geared towards parents.
Teaching our students about mental health basics is just as important as teaching them the basics of physical health - it’s something I wish I had talked more explicitly about with my students last year. 🧠 This lesson was created to help upper elementary students understand what mental health is, things that help vs. hurt our mental health, and signs they need to ask for help. 🗣 bit.ly/mentalhealthlesson (and linked in my profile) #distancelearningtpt #elementaryschoolcounselor #childrensmentalhealth #confidentcounselors
Hello. My name is Sara and I really, really love house plants. 🌱 🌵 🌿 They bring me a lot of joy, and with spending so much time indoors, I’m extra grateful to have a collection growing in literally every room of the house. I gave everyone a little tour in stories. That said, I gotta stop buying these dang beautiful plants. I ordered a few this weekend and then cut myself off and said no more until June. Stating this publicly to keep myself accountable! 😂😭 Any other plant lovers/hoarders out there?? 👋🏻
Fun website to make individual sessions a bit more fun: toytheater.com - it has spinners and dice that you can use with any color or number-coded counseling questions you have. Plus other little games and puzzles that might make virtual lunch bunches a bit more fun! Thanks to Amanda, the SLP beyond @aperfectblendteaching, for sharing about it in her stories yesterday!
Family and sibling conflict is tough even when everyone isn’t spending extraordinary amounts of time together. I try my best to handle my kiddos’ conflicts (and not-so-great choices) in a restorative way just like I did at school. To varying degrees of success - my boys are 3 and 5 😂 So I made this handout for anyone to share with the families they serve to help parents and caregivers navigate the feuds in a restorative way. I don’t know about you, but when I’m mega stressed, my memory recall is limited and I need extra reminders about some of the things to ask in these moments when I really just want to pull my hair out and yell. PDF is linked in my profile, or you can type in this URL: bit.ly/familyconflictquestions
Gossip and rumors book recommendation #2: Mr. Peabody’s Apples! A boy thinks he sees his teacher/coach stealing and spreads the word far and wide before realizing that’s not what happened at all. This one is great for: ➡️ Talking about the impact that spreading rumors can have ➡️ Understanding that you can’t take back what you say ➡️ When you need a more serious read (📷 credit to @thebookwrangler because I always check this out from the library don’t own it myself)
I've been thinking a lot lately about how our students are going through simultaneous transitions during these next couple of months: the transition OUT of the regular in person school year and the transition INTO the next new school year. This is a lesson created to help students process their feelings about both transitions, reflect on this past year, and look forward to next year. It is linked in my profile and stories, or you can type in this URL bit.ly/digitaltransitionlesson or just let me know if you need me to send you the link. #aconfidentcounselor #distancelearning #digitallearning
Gossip/Rumors Book Recommendation #1: ‘What James Said’ It’s about a girl who gets angry and defriends her bestie when she hears he said she ‘thinks she’s perfect’. Turns out that’s not what he said! His words got twisted somewhere between peers. Best for... ➡️ A short/quick read ➡️ When you don’t need something super serious ➡️ Focusing on the idea of not believing everything you hear *With students’ interactions primarily happening through technology, the chances for gossip and rumors increases. I’m sharing my four favorite books for talking about this with kiddos.*
One of the lessons I worry about students still needing during this time is personal safety - I know that I always did it in this stretch between spring break and the end of the year - so I just added a Google Slides version of my upper elementary personal safety lesson on handling ‘sticky situations’. Just re-download it if you already own it! bit.ly/digitalpersonalsafety (and linked in my profile and in my stories)
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I’m an introvert and love to stay at home - but this is definitely feeling a bit like the same day on repeat. In part because I have my own kiddos on a loose ‘schedule’ which provides needed consistency and also contributes to the tedium of the days. And in part because these are not the days I would have chosen for myself. I’m working on my ‘Covid Pivot’ though, and slowly adapting my mindset to the changes. In an effort to NOT feel like Billy Murray today, and because it is going to rain aaallll day long, we mixed it up today. We are wearing pajamas all day, watching TWO movies, doing hot chocolate, trying a new art supply, and busting out the play-doh 👏🏼 PS I watched this movie a lot as a kid and mix it up in my brain with ‘Michael’ which Andie MacDowell is also in. So I mentally sing the ‘pie’ song when I hear ‘groundhog day’ 🤦🏼♀️
One thing I imagine most humans could use right now, including students, is coping and mindfulness skills and practice. This is one of a set of 18 short videos I made for counselors and other educators to use as they embark on distance learning and staying connected to their students. 🌪 💭 ☮️ There’s a version for each that’s pre-narrated and also a version without narration plus directions for adding your own voice to share with your kiddos. Linked in my profile or type out this URL to see more: bit.ly/copingandmindfulnessvideos
Things are weird, but I’m going to try and do some ‘normal’ things on IG - like this #throwbackthursday to one of my best friends as a school counselor: the individual counseling cart! I kept this thing between two comfy chairs in my office, full of various tools to use for individual counseling sessions: ⭐️ Coloring, drawing, writing supplies ⭐️ Hoberman sphere ⭐️ Stuffed critters (some weighted, some with zippers, etc) ⭐️ Mini-shredder ⭐️ ALL of the fidgety tools a girl can buy ⭐️ Frequently used CBT tools (story pages, worksheets, thought cards, etc) ⭐️ Timers I think I got my cart from IKEA, but Target and Michaels have them, too. I used it for yeeeeeaaaaars and it was the perfect way to setup the individual counseling space. Which we know also functions as the teacher consult space!