1 Simple Survey to Help Connect Students with Caring Adults

1 Simple Survey to Help Connect Students with Caring Adults

…No recommended. How do we use the results? Our Circle of Care team regularly taps into the results of this survey when we collaborate on supporting some of our students. When we discuss a student of concern, we look up which teachers reported connections with them and also if the student reported connections with any adults on campus. We ask those adults to have an extra keen eye out for the student and make an effort to approach them. Our…

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

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

…hipped or been downloaded with Steam. How is this educational? When Valve started to think about working with educators, they focused on STEM skills. They recognized these skills as being of high value to students and allows teachers to make concepts in physics, math, logic, spatial reasoning, probability, problem-solving, and collaborative learning interactive and fun. Students are able to be engaged with their learning and use what they know…

School Counselor Tech Tools: Learnerator and minutes.io

School Counselor Tech Tools: Learnerator and minutes.io

…e discounted licenses for the remainder of the year to help our AP students prep for their exams. We also purchased licenses for the following school year. It was less than $5/student and they gave us some extra licenses for teachers. One license covers all AP subjects, so you only need to pay for a student once no matter how many tests/courses they are taking. I suggest you check it out and see if it is a good fit for your school. Screenshot of…

Follow-Up: My Interview Kit

Follow-Up: My Interview Kit

…kets, 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. I printed address labels with the title of the disc and my contact info to put on the jacket. I am pretty happy with the turn out. 3. Letters of Recommendation: I included the standard three letters in all of the…

School Counseling in the Cloud – Keeping Safe with Drive, Box, and Dropbox

School Counseling in the Cloud – Keeping Safe with Drive, Box, and Dropbox

…s a documentation and tracking nightmare. I had to choose to either track all of the hours myself by funneling all of the logs through my office and doing the data entry myself OR delegating this task to each of the advisory teachers to track 17 students in their classes throughout the year. 330 students x several papers each x all year = a major pain in the arse so I elected the latter. I created a great (and pretty clever) tracking document…

About The Counseling Geek

…Hometown: Coalinga, CA Favorite Sports Team: Everton F.C. After beginning post-secondary education at Cal Poly SLO and studying Aerospace Engineering – I returned to the family pursuit of educating. I am the son of two teachers and the grandson of two more teachers. I felt called into education but didn’t feel led to teach. I want to help students pursue their potential, develop young people into their future selves, and create…

Feel like a computer genius/wizard: Mouse Without Borders

Feel like a computer genius/wizard: Mouse Without Borders

Have you ever wanted to feel like you were the master of your technology? I thought so – now is the chance. Lots of times, we counselors (and teachers or administrators) have an old desktop but also a laptop that we need to use for different purposes. What if you wanted or needed to use both? Did you know you can make a dual monitor setup at home or at work with out two monitors (but with two computers)? You can. There is a sweet tool…

Counseling Advisory Team: My Experience in the First Year

Counseling Advisory Team: My Experience in the First Year

…able to attend a few meetings. In my email, I had drafted a brief description of what a CAT was, what time/resource requirements it would take from them, and how it will affect them/their students. Members included parents, teachers, a student or two (by far the hardest to recruit), an administrator, a board member, and a fellow counselor colleague/parent. Step Three: Setup an Initial Meeting The next step required pulling all of these…

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