For many years, I was reluctant to go out and do anything on a school night. I worried about getting home late and not getting enough sleep. I worried about not getting enough time to relax alone. I worried I wouldn’t be on my a-game the next day for my students. I admit that I worried about missing my TV shows. And then one Sunday night, my family did a picnic with good friends. And we both actually felt so wonderful after and went into the next school day with a smile. Since then, I’ve realized that part of the balance I’m seeking means letting myself go have some fun with my husband or friends on a school night. Even if I get a little less sleep and miss my shows and don’t relax. It’s worth it. (See my stories for my outing last night, and a throwback picture of me and an awkward famous indie band)
Spring has sprung, which means gossip is at its highest and it’s time for the final lesson in our Trudy lesson! I showed all the gossip and rumors books I love in stories, then shared how we did some practice with gossipy situations with partner scatter.
This book is such an oldie but a goodie for me. I’ve used it for years and I think it’s a fun read for talking about teamwork and groupwork. This year after we read the story, we went over G.R.O.U.P. rules and then I challenged them to create ‘clubs’ (with club names, colors, activities, logos, and handshakes) in randomly selected groups. It has been a blast! Some groups require a lot of social coaching but they all get there in the end, and I think in vivo practice and coaching is the most effective. #schoolcounselorlibrary
Spring time = teaching about healthy friendships with my girls groups and having to bring the tissues and trash can to the table because #allthepollen. 🤧 My not-so-sneezy group learned about the Friendship Fence Lines using a scoot game but last week’s sneezers took it easy at my table with the task cards. The most awesome part was that they all remembered them the following week! #aconfidentcounselor #groupcounseling
A few weeks ago I posted about having a haul of books I got from the library that I needed to comb through - of all of them, these four were the ones that wowed me and stood out! More info in my stories. #schoolcounselorlibrary
When things get really challenging for me at work, I focus on the “small wins” and that keeps me moving forward. Today with my #feetupfriday I needed to focus on: -No one argued during my teamwork lesson and they showed excellent perseverance -A challenging student actually chose one of the options I gave him when he was escalated and defiant -One of my “cool” kiddos said ‘I don’t know why I like coming to your office, but I do’ -A teacher that isn’t always super into what I do reached out to several people she knows to come do career day -I got 3 compliments on my sneakers 💁🏼♀️
A parent asked me if I could incorporate receiving feedback into a social skills small group her daughter was in - turns out, several of the other girls needed this, too! We read and discussed the story, generated helpful self-talk for when we receive feedback, brainstormed how to verbally respond, and then did role plays! #aconfidentcounselor #elementaryschoolcounselor
I do a lot of work with my students about their thoughts - a gag remote from @targetcounselors made it even more fun today! I picked out cards applicable for my student and then we went through them one by one. He clicked ‘skip’ or ‘stop’ for the unhelpful ones and ‘play’ for the helpful ones. Then I had him read and repeat a few that we thought would be great affirmations for him. (bit.ly/CBTcards)
In April and May, I cut down to one lesson a month in each class. Why? Because #standardizedtesting and #springcraziness. This peace corner has already been getting used multiple times a day since we returned from break. As much as I miss getting in the classrooms as much, being available for the intensified need for responsive services in more important.
I bought this book moons ago for a lesson on accepting differences, not knowing how often I’d pull it out. A couple weeks it got used when I had to do one of my girls groups during lunch and a story was the perfect fit for the ‘eating’ time before they made their flowers (swipe). 🌸 ***************************************** The story shares a day at school for a new student trying to find where she fits in. She goes from group to group, first being accepted due to something they have in common, then being rejected when they discover a difference. The story ends with her finding a crew of kiddos that are all super different and like it that way.
***CLOSED*** Last week I hit 5000 followers on here which is still blowing my mind! 🤯 And it’s my birthday 😊 So I’m doing a giveaway of one of my favorite counseling tools, one of my favorite books, and two resources of your choice. Congrats @janawednesday !!! ******************************* To enter: 👉🏻Like this post 👉🏻Tag a friend that’s into school counseling or social emotional learning (they’ll win it all, too!) 👉🏻That’s all! ****************************** The fine print: Open to US residents aged 18 and over. This giveaway is not affiliated with IG. Winner (and friend) will be randomly chosen around 8pm CST on Sunday March 31st.
Three more of these went into classrooms this week - mega thankful for teachers who reinforce social emotional skills in their students, support my work, and let me help them and their students! (Coping and Self-Regulation Lapbook with customizable coping strategies is linked in my profile)
‘Better Than You’ is the third in our @trudyludwig unit this spring! Bragging vs. sharing, picking good friends, self-talk, and being supportive vs. outdoing are all mega awesome themes in this story. I did a walk through in my stories and shared how I use it in my lessons. Bonus: The main character is a kid of color! #elementaryschoolcounselor #schoolcounselorlibrary
Sometimes kiddos self-refer to me, we have a great session, I ask this question - and then the real stuff comes out. I’ve learned to end all of our sessions with this. Sometimes it leads to some rambling/sharing about an upcoming birthday party, but it often leads to some great counseling and I never regret asking it.
Went a little crazy with the library holds during spring break last week 😬😳 But now they’re here and I have a ton of books to read through! Lemme know if there’s any specific ones you hope I share about. 📚 #elementaryschoolcounselor #bibliotherapy