Monday, September 22, 2014

Bulletin Board Advocating

It's true... My advocacy has taken on a new levels his year
 of getting the school counseling name out there.. This bulletin board is just outside my room, and in he the past, it had been used by the teacher across the hall. This year, the board stood empty long enough for me to jump on the advocacy train and just be plain blunt: I AM A SCHOOL COUNSELOR AND I CAN HELP! 

As you can see, a 5 year old  could read this- it is plain, simple, and to the point. I posted my daily tasks, my brochure, and my name.. That is about it... Hopefully as parents walk by, they think one of 2 things: 1. "oh ya! I know her, she's our school counselor!" Or ( hopefully not) 2. "They have a school counselor? Oh wow I didn't know she helped with...."

Counselors- find a board, put your information on it and get your name out there like crazy! 

Bluntly said, 

Your Floridian chick!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Organizational tips!

While the title of our job says school counselor- we know that we do a lot more than counseling.. between duties, RTI, attendance, testing, section 504s, classroom guidance, the list goes on and on. I have found that without organization, we would sink into dysfunction in a matter of minutes. I wanted to share my strategies with new and old counselors looking to revamp their style of documentation.

I keep these little slips in the front drawer of my desk- ANY time I talk to a student or parent, I document the conversation with a few details to help trigger my memory.

I then make a beautiful little pile in the back of my office, and put them in alphabetical order based on last name and file them.. I would like to tell you that I file them as soon as I get them.. but honestly.. I wait until I have a big stack- then file.

In order for me to keep track of phone calls, this little (free!) notebook has helped me more than I could have ever imagined. I document ANY time a phone call occurs.. I write the exact time, date, and name of the person. I write the child they are talking about and their email/phone number. I have been able to reference this on MANY occasions and I do not know what I was thinking not doing this the minute I got to this building.

On the back of the notepad- I document any time that I have given out paperwork. I write the child's initials and how it got home. Then I can track who has gotten what and when.

Hopefully this helps and can get you organized, out of the office, and back in the classrooms with the kiddos!

Documenting away!

Your Floridian Chick:)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Cool Down Zone

With a new school year, I have been spending most of my hours in and around the school... and neglecting my virtual counseling friends. SO here is something one of our 5th grade teachers set this up in her room and it seems to be working. This is what the sheet says:

Cool Down Zone
What happened?

What can you do different next time?

o   Circle any emotions you are feeling:
Frustrated  angry                   sad    discouraged        grumpy      annoyed     disappointed
Confused   jealous       embarrassed       worried      afraid

Are you calm?  ______
Are you focused?  ______
If you said yes to both, you are ready to join us J

If you would like Mrs. _________ to read this put it in the envelope.  If it’s only for you to read then trash it & forget about it!

She has an area in the back of the room just to cool down. We are very lucky to have a teacher that cares about our kids emotional learning as well as academic. 

Love this lady and all she does,

Your Floridian Chick!