Having recently returned from the 2017 ASCA National Conference in Denver, CO – I had a lot of learning, reflection, and networking on my mind. I got to meet and reconnect with both uber experienced veteran school counselors and school counselors just starting their journey into the profession. I still feel like a baby-faced newbie, but finishing year five – I feel like I have learned a LOT in that time. I decided I wanted to write a letter to myself that I wish I could have read on day 1 of the job. Check it out below and I hope you think about writing a letter to your future or past self.
Hop on just about any school counseling department’s website and take a look around. 9 times out of 10 – the website looks like it is straight from the turn of the millennium. It also happens to be about as useful. Luckily for you – there are some really easy and FREE tools out there to make your school counseling websites both useful AND beautiful. Check out the video below to learn about how to quickly and easily setup a new website using Weebly.com.
I want to introduce you to a new recurring feature I plan on bringing to the blog. I am calling it “The Way I Work” and I plan to interview school counselors around the country and feature one every month or so. The focus of the interview is all about how they work, what gets them through their day and actually taking a look at their offices. I thought it would be only appropriate to model it myself – so for this post I will be highlighting how I work and showing you my office. If you are interested in being a part of this series or have a unique/fun/creative office or working style – I especially am interested in hearing and seeing it! Please check out the info at the bottom of this post to learn more about being featured. Hope you enjoy.
I wanted to share a pretty recent feature added to many Google Apps for Education users and districts. Most people are pretty well-aware of the power of Google Drive, but in the last few weeks they actually added some functionality to the platform. This comes in the form of Google Team Drives. The name itself is pretty intuitive and self-explanatory – it allows you the share a common Drive space with your team.
The Counseling Geek turns 3 years old today – thank you for being a great reader and part of my Professional Learning Network. Check out what has been special and what’s to come inside.
Hello faithful and fellow Geek. As promised last year when I started loosely “monetizing” this blog with affiliate ads from Amazon, I want to provide a brief yearly review of the ins and outs of The Counseling Geek. This analysis will be from July 1, 2014 to May 6th, 2015 (not because that is a year but this is when I have time to write it up).
NVSCA 2015 – How to NOT be a leader & Time Saving Tech Tools for School Counselor Sanity Presentations
On February 8th – I was honored to be able to speak to a room full of (fellow) Nevada school counselors. In the first presentation, a keynote address, we talked about key aspects of “followship”. In the breakout session focused on school counselor technology, we took a look at about 8 tech tools that help school counselors save time and be more efficient. Below are the slides from each presentation.
After some heavy lifting, flexing of digital muscles, and a few headaches – I am pleased to bring you the new and refreshed site. I had been thinking about updating for a time now and planned on getting it done in the summer, but gave it a shot over my spring break. There will be updates, changes, and a few errors here and there – but hopefully it will provide you with a new and improved user experience.