Monday, August 20, 2012

Share Chair

I saw this on Pinterest earlier this summer and was excited to add my own little twist to it. I bought this chair at Wal Mart for $9. I put a few stickers on it but here is a unique way to incorporate the students:

 Every time a student comes in and shares something- positive, negative, neutral- they will add a sticker to it. This way, they will know they are not alone in coming to talk with the counselor, and hopefully feel more comfortable.

I started with a few stickers on it so it would not look too bare but hopefully by the end of year, I will have it FILLED to the edges with stickers!

Monday, August 13, 2012

My New Office!!:)

 I have been looking forward to this day for SO long and it is finally here:
Today I started work
I have been setting up my office all summer, and I finally have things settled.  Here it is:

I made "no sew" curtains from Wal Mart (easy to make and inexpensive!) and I decorated the window for the hallway. I had kept  Beanie Babies (thank goodness for basements where these things have been sitting since 1998) and bobble heads which I was able to place around the room.

I have tried to make it "elementary friendly" while still keeping it somewhat uncluttered  because of my need to keep things simple and neat. I cannot wait to see what this year brings me and I feel thankful for the opportunity to work with others and encourage them!!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Summer Reading

Over the summer, our principal suggested we read this book. Now usually during the summer, I enjoy a mindless read on the beach so I have to admit, I was somewhat skeptical. Yet this book truly opened my eyes to ALL that poverty can do to a person and a family.  It speaks to what poverty does emotionally, cognitively, mentally, physically, and socially. Hard to believe it reaches all those categories? Don't worry- I thought so too. Yet when you read it, you can see-very clearly- it does.

Even if you THINK you know what our students are going through, this will give you a detailed perspective that will have you walking away with a different, more empathetic, open mind set.

Teaching with Poverty in mind By Eric Jensen