“Mrs. O, he skipped me in line!” “Mrs. O, she won’t share the purple crayon!” Sound familiar? I thought so! Teaching students to be peaceful problem-solvers who can confidently address issues themselves (rather than turning to a teacher, ugh tattletaling!) is SO. VERY. CRUCIAL! To empower students to solve small problems, use a two-step process: first, teach them about size of the problem (the difference between small problems and big problems). Then, teach students how to use an I-Message to ... VIEW POST
After a long, hot, and buggy summer here in Nashville, we welcome the fall season with open arms! Y’all know that I LOVE incorporating a seasonal flair into my counseling sessions and classroom lessons, and find that it leads to increased student engagement, buy-in, and fun! Just like us, our students are excited about the fall season and love when we used autumn-themed stories, games, and activities with them. In this post, I'll share with you some of my fall-themed favorites, and be ... VIEW POST
Well, this is certainly a Back to School Season unlike any other. Returning to school after summer vacation can be nerve-racking and stressful for children and educators under "normal" circumstances...let alone during the chaos, uncertainty, fear, and isolation that have come to define 2020. States and school districts are starting to announce their "official" plans for the fall - with "official" in quotations because as COVID-19 cases increase or decrease, these plans can change at any moment. ... VIEW POST
Growth mindset, for good reason, has become one of the biggest buzz words and theories in education today. The concept comes from Dr. Carol Dweck's studies of thousands of children and their attitudes towards failure. In her research, Dr. Dweck noticed that, when faced with failure, some children felt devastated and helpless, and quickly gave up. Other children, on the other hand, seemed to bounce back, learn from their mistakes, and move forward with optimism and hope. So, what is the ... VIEW POST
Did you know that over 5,000,000 students in the United States are English Learners, and this number is increasing each year? With more and more students from non-English backgrounds entering our schools, the need for meaningful and relevant counseling services for this special population is growing! But, how do English-speaking school counselors serve English Learners, despite the language barrier? In this post, you'll learn 10 tips for counseling English Learners, from the perspective of a ... VIEW POST
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