Welcome to part two of the School Counselor Shopping List. Just a reminder that this type of post is a by-monthly series that highlights a few tried and tested tools that you may want to add to your shopping list – be it tech tools, apps, books, or plain old helpful office items – you may find it here. Always looking for suggestions as well so please email them or comment away!


Tools:
(Price: ~$60 USD)
 
We have something similar in our college center and works well for highlighting college pamphlets, counseling forms, and other papers. Could also find them at going out of business sales if you are looking to save some cash. Here is a different, larger rotating floor standing model if that is more your flavor.

Invisible Shield by Zagg
(Price: ~$10-15 USD)

Since I made the step up to the smart phone (only about a year and a half ago — yes, The Counseling Geek used a stupid phone for the longest time…), I have been a huge fan of the Invisible Shield. The reviews I have found and would sing praises for have been stellar. If you are looking to preserve the screen and/or body of your phone while retaining functionality and style, this is the screen protector for you. No screen protector? Shame on you. Pick one of these up today. The link takes you to the Amazon.com Zagg product store to find your model of phone (many to choose from and you can use the search bar!)

 

ADDITIONAL READING:  Video Blog: Using Google Maps to Show College Applications (Updated)

 

Zagg Products

Contigo Autoseal West Loop Stainless Steel Travel Mug with Open-Access Lid
(Price: ~$23 USD)


Every good counselor must run on coffee – am I right? Okay tea may be acceptable, but this cup will keep it hot for a good majority of your day! I have lugged one of these to school (and refilled several times) almost every day and love it. Only compliant is the cleaning ability, but they have re-done the lid with a convenient flip up interior on the newer models! Do yourself and caffeine intake a favor – get one!


Book Suggestions:

 

Thirteen Reasons Why
(Price: ~$7 USD)

A good read for both students and adults – I know Jay Asher from where we used to live and he is a great guy and writer. Somewhat deep and a bit dark, but speaking about important life events – the book can spark good conversations and makes you think about how you interact with others. Roughly based on several of Jay’s friends and family life experiences. Great counseling library addition.


 

The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander: From Preschool to HighSchool–How Parents and Teachers Can Help Break the Cycle (Updated Edition)
(Price: ~$12 USD)

I have had several parents and a student or two borrow this book from me and report back about the pretty good info that it contains. Highly reviewed on Amazon as well, this is another good library addition and can be a good Social Justice (alternative to suspension) Library piece.





Empowering Underachievers: New Strategies to Guide Kids (8-18) to Personal Excellence

(Price: ~$12 USD)


I am not sure about you, but this book can hit on more than a few of  my students. Read an article recently about the culture of underachievement and entitlement and while a lot of it is true – much if this has to do with never being taught skills to let them achieve. This text includes strategies for kids in middle through high school to help them reach their goals and maximum achievement levels.



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School Counselor Shopping List: April – May 2014

by Jeff Ream time to read: 3 min
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