ANFSCD – Free Father’s Day Card Activity

Cardstore is offering a completely FREE (including shipping) customizable father’s day card. Many students may not be able to afford any type of gift so this could be a cool activity to do with your students if you have access to a computer lab. You can help your students customize and send their dad a high quality card. Fathers play a vital role in students’ lives and many do not have a male father figure, so perhaps encourage…

Public Speaking Tips for School Counselors: Finding Your Strength

Public Speaking Tips for School Counselors: Finding Your Strength

Your palms sweat, lights glare, and the murmur dies to silence. As you walk to the podium – you feel your vascular system go into overdrive. Time for fight or flight to kick in. The sad truth is that for 75% of Americans – the flight reflex is what takes over. You, if you are statistically accurate, probably fall into that same 75%. The fear of public speaking, or Glossophobia, is a natural and normal reaction for most humans. Even…

Follow-Up: My Interview Kit

Follow-Up: My Interview Kit

Marketing Myself and Being Prepared On Tuesday, I posted a video blog about the process I took (and a process you can take too!) to construct a digital professional portfolio. This week I have been busy constructing my interview kit and I wanted to share that with you as well. Looking at it, I feel like it is a lot – but I think will be well prepared to answer the questions and show evidence with the arsenal I bring with me…

1 Simple Survey to Help Connect Students with Caring Adults

1 Simple Survey to Help Connect Students with Caring Adults

We’ve gotten so much use out of this one tool!   I want to share with you a step by step guide to creating a tool that we, at my school and other schools in my district, use a ton since we have had it implemented. I cannot take credit for the idea – a colleague in our district had the idea – but I cannot just sit on a great opportunity like this. School counselors know that relationships reign king (or queen) in our line…

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Post

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Post

As most people do between Christmas and New Years, I want to look back at the last year and reflect. 2013 was the first complete year of The Counseling Geek blog, the first time meeting many of the great blogging buddies from across the US at ASCA 2013, and an opening to many cool opportunities (including presenting at ASCA 2014 and joining my state counseling association board). Since the inception a year and a half ago, the blog has got at…

Increasing Productivity: How Dual Monitors Changed My Life

Increasing Productivity: How Dual Monitors Changed My Life

…Yesterday, I posted a blog post about Mouse Without Borders – a program that lets you use one mouse/keyboard to control multiple separate computers. However, what if you only have one computer? Did you know that there have been multiple studies (like this and this) showing the increased efficiency and productivity through using a two (or dual) monitor setup at work or home? It is true and totally awesome….

School Counselor Shopping List – Social and Restorative Justice Library Books & Curriculum (1 of 2)

School Counselor Shopping List – Social and Restorative Justice Library Books & Curriculum (1 of 2)

Save time and get some great books from my list! Social and restorative justice, mental health, girls/boys curriculum, and activity books galore! Earlier this fall – the school counselors in TTUSD were lucky enough to each be awarded a $600 grant from the Excellence in Education Foundation. This grant was to be used to help build a social and restorative justice library to use with students who get in trouble and hopefully help them…

School Counselor Shopping List – Social and Restorative Justice Library Books & Curriculum (2 of 2)

School Counselor Shopping List – Social and Restorative Justice Library Books & Curriculum (2 of 2)

Save time and get some great books from my list! Social and restorative justice, mental health, girls/boys curriculum, and activity books galore! Earlier this fall – the school counselors in TTUSD were lucky enough to each be awarded a $600 grant from the Excellence in Education Foundation. This grant was to be used to help build a social justice library to use with students who get in trouble and hopefully help them learn from their…

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