Monday, March 25, 2013

Bystanders - How to UnMake A Bully, Volume 2

This is a great video about the roles that Bystanders playing in bullying situations.  I plan to use this video when talking to my 4th graders.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Organization Part 2: Counseling Notebook

I have added and changed some of the following forms.  Please click below to see the new and revised forms.

There are days/weeks that I feel like I am juggling a million things as a school counselor.  I have been looking for a system that will help me balance all of the facets of the job.  Below are some things I am currently using to help with this task.  I am constantly tweaking the organizational things that I use, but these things have helped me tremendously. 

I just started using a Counseling Notebook to help me keep everything handy and organized. 


Lesson Plans:  I wanted to have a place where I could see my whole week's worth of lessons for Group Counseling, Individual Counseling, and Classroom Guidance.  This is what I have come up with.

This has been one of the best things I have done!  I type on mine and print it after I have planned for the
week.  Scroll to the bottom of this post for the documents.

This is an ongoing list of students I see throughout the day.  I jot them down because I get very busy but then can go back and make more detailed notes if needed.

This is the log that I currently use.

I keep track of any communication I have with Parents/Guardians. 
I have ABC tabs that I keep these sheets in for quick and easy access.

This is the form from my district that I am currently using but will probably tweak it.

I am also planning on adding a more detailed notes page for students who I see more frequently or need more notes on.  I am working on this and will post it when I am finished with it.

If you are interested in copies of any or all of my forms (some have been updated) I've shared them here. Google Docs

Do you have a Counseling Notebook?  If so, how do you organize it?

Monday, March 11, 2013

Group Rewards

I was at the dollar store today and came across these little reward cones. I have made them out of regular cones, but these are so cute and the perfect size for a desk.  They seem pretty durable, too!  I can't wait to use them as rewards for group behavior!  One student each week will earn the cone to keep on their desk until the next meeting time.  My Kindergarteners love it and I hope the other students do, too.

Thursday, March 7, 2013


All of us need to feel appreciated every now and again.  Why not tell your colleagues all the great things they are doing?  Below is a WOW! Notebook that was created to boost morale and give each other a pat on the back.  

When a staff member receives the notebook, they read the wonderful message that someone wrote for them.  They, in turn, write a note to another staff member to encourage, give a boost, or to just say how much they are appreciated.  At the bottom of the page they write, "Don't forget to pass it on....."  

How awesome is it to receive an unexpected kind note?!  Now go out there and spread the love!