Dress the Part – Guys Gotta Look Good Too…
Jul16

Dress the Part – Guys Gotta Look Good Too…

How to look sharp on the cheap Jeremy Goldman of PHSfit asked for a male version of Andrea Burston’s Wear to Work series – well Jeremy…here ya go. I guess getting voted best dressed at school qualifies me to write this article, but take from it what you will! While each person’s style is their own and what looks good on Hugh Jackman may (or most likely) not be what looks good on me – you can take some great tips for…

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Building A Better School Counseling Blog Series: Making It Happen
Aug05

Building A Better School Counseling Blog Series: Making It Happen

…down!), you are on the path to optimizing your best features while getting rid of the ones that are holding you back. One of the biggest strengths of many school counseling blogs are the resources provided. Posts with toolkits, reviews, reproducibles, and handouts (mostly seen at the elementary level) do very well! That said, one of the biggest changes I think bloggers overlook is the usability and visual design of their sites. Educators love cut…

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The Portal to Learning: ‘Steam for Schools’ at your school
Jun26

The Portal to Learning: ‘Steam for Schools’ at your school

…e skills. Students playing games to learn? Some may scoff at the idea and I feel that most districts will push back some at first, but have you ever seen a student buy a new game and master it by the end of the day? Valve and teachers supporting the initiative are optimistic that the Teach With Portals project will have the same results – creating a fun learning environment that increases student interest in the STEM fields. What is…

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Keys to Communication – Boost Your Electronic Communication Skills with TACT
Oct22

Keys to Communication – Boost Your Electronic Communication Skills with TACT

…ater impact and reach when you target a specific audience with each message. A tweet to students will look different than a tweet for a parent – same with an email blast. An email to the parent of a Senior will be significantly different than one to the parent of a Freshman. Creating lists that allow you to tailor each communication to the specific audience accomplishes two things at once: it gives the reader a sense th…

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Interviewing: The Other Side of the Table
Nov16

Interviewing: The Other Side of the Table

…with setup, debrief, and the actual interview. If you get to an interview later in the day and your panel looks bored, they probably are not, but they are probably tired and hungry. Tip #1: Try to schedule an early interview (if possible) as the panel will be most fresh and attentive. You also set the stage. The panel does not always get to create the questions Many times, the questions you are asked are not from the interview panel (or m…

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Building A Better School Counseling Blog Series: Sprucing It Up
Aug25

Building A Better School Counseling Blog Series: Sprucing It Up

…on how to take your new blog from stock theme and clipart to custom theme and great images. We will also take a look at a few free resources for bloggers and a few more of my favorite WordPress plugins for school counseling blogs. Start with the foundation. Before you can start designing your new blog – you must develop a firm foundation. In most cases – except for those lucky few who are not only school counselors but are also CSS/HT…

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Follow-Up: My Interview Kit
Jul12

Follow-Up: My Interview Kit

…view (and the cost factor), I decided to go the CD route for my digital portfolio and ended up buying some labels and disc jackets for one district (with more people). I spent ~$12 on both the CD labels and disk jackets, but it creates a professional looking product. Imagine if you just wrote your name on the CD with a Sharpie. I also used Avery’s website label developer to integrate the background from my portfolio onto the disc label

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Looking Back at 2014: A School Counselor’s Blog Post Year In Review
Dec31

Looking Back at 2014: A School Counselor’s Blog Post Year In Review

…a great opportunity to catch up on what you missed out on earlier this year. I also want to encourage you to go back into the archives and checkout some of the older posts. There are a lot of posts you may be interested in before 2014! I hope each of you had a great Holiday and I wish the best of 2015 on you. Without further ado – here are my favorite posts of 2014: Put the You in YouTube: A Guide to Getting Started on YouTube From morning…

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