Monday, October 28, 2013

Walk the Walk, Talk the Walk for RED Ribbon Week!

The annual red ribbon week has already come and gone this year, but I wanted to share with you our exciting week and how it went!  We had a 4 day week so we day we dressed up to "fight drugs". Our theme this year was "Walk the walk, talk the talk" and our decorations showed it!

Here are some ideas hopefully you can use for future dress up days:

Monday- Follow your dreams, not drugs- Pajama Day!
Tuesday- Career Day! What do you want to be when you grow up?
Wednesday- Team up against drugs-wear your favorite jersey
Thursday- Red Ribbon Celebration- Wear as much red as possible!
  • I am no fool, I intentionally put pajama day on Monday- who doesn't want to wear sweatpants, a t-shirt, and a robe to work on a Monday?
  •  As for career day, I went for comfort again and dressed up as an Olympic Athletic runner! I had a medal in my office from the Disney 1/2 marathon, so I wore my sneakers, running shirt, work out Capri pants, and my medal! I taped "#Runner #9887" to my back and off I went!
  • As for Wednesday, I had to represent my college, and went with a JMU football jersey.
  • Lunch for our winners!
  • Thursday was full of red, with a red shirt, hair accessory, and bracelet. 
As for activities, the students could submit posters and one page essays promoting our theme of Walk the Walk, Talk the Talk and why drugs are harmful. Each grade had 3 winners for each contest. We ate a very fancy lunch tomorrow consisting of pizza from a local restaurant!  As you can see from the pictures, this giant train was hung in our cafeteria with the children's picture in each bubble. Teachers gave students the opportunity in class to make these so they could be hung up to promote unity against drugs!

Overall, it was a great week and I am thankful for all of YOUR ideas that you share with me!

Sincerely yours,
Floridian Chick

Sunday, October 27, 2013

2nd annual County Conference

I think I am still on a high from this past Friday and have been dying to get to the computer to tell YOU all about it!  Our county had it's second annual counselor's conference at a local university. The conference consisted of counselors from our entire county in elementary, middle and high schools, all coming together to share ideas and strategies to help our students. Our day started off with a message from our superintendent, followed by great keynote speaker! Between the hours of 9-2:25,over 200 people spent 4 sessions with 8 different speakers each time slot, to share their expertise and knowledge about a variety of topics (32 choices is a beautiful- but difficult thing!).

After 2 sessions, we stopped for lunch and resource fair. Check out the list to the side- we had so many different organizations share their information and I know I am not the only one already plotting ways to get their organizations into our schools!After some wonderful Jimmy Johns, we headed back to the classrooms and got to enjoy 2 more sessions before calling it a day!

I was fortunate to be a very small part of this day, helping on the committee. I really enjoyed the "behind the scenes" aspect and would definitely recommend to any new or tenured counselors to join in on the next conference you attend.  Well that is all for now, I will keep you posted about more conference material I come across later in the week! Thanks for stopping by!
Special thanks for all the counselors who helped make today possible!!

Any suggestions on what makes a conference great? Let me know!

Soaking up the knowledge,
Your Floridian chick!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Inexpensive Finds!

5 years ago if you had asked me to be a scavenger in a Goodwill or thrift store, I would have politely declined the offer. I cannot say that I used to do my regular shopping at these stores, but times have changed and they are my new favorite place.

During a recent visit to a Goodwill store, I came across tons of games that I could use for counseling.  Candyland and Operation do not exactly scream counseling services to me, but with the right imagination and tweaking, these $1.99 games have changed up my brief counseling sessions for the better and gave me a little more to work with.

I highly recommend checking out these places to find great deals on games and toys that are normally 10x more $$ in the Toys R Us.

Saving money as we go,
Your Floridian chick:)

Monday, October 14, 2013

My perspective of teaching

After seeing these teachers each and every day, I have come to the conclusion that when they get their teaching degree, they should also get a degree in drama as well.

Yes, I said DRAMA.

These teachers get on their "stage" each morning and for 7-8 straight hours; they talk, share, demonstrate, and lead their students on their specific subject.  They are on their feet, moving 100 miles a minute trying to hold the attention of 25 students who EACH have their own wants and needs.They essentially are putting on a day long play for their "audience", and do everything they can to get a their standing ovation at the end of the day (this comes in the form of high test scores and conduct grades).

This job as a teacher is so much harder than one would think. They spend hundreds of dollars of their own money each August to make their rooms beautiful and bright. They spend hours prepping for the class as a whole, and then spend hours prepping for specific children who have special accommodations.

I go into each classroom for 30 minutes each week and "perform" my guidance lessons. I might do 5 lessons a day- at most- and even after that- I feel I have exhausted my energy.

I don't know how you do it, but you do it. So thank you for being a wonderful actor/actress and putting on a phenomenal show each day! YOU are appreciated!