Bits & Bytes: Giving Thanks

Bits & Bytes: Giving Thanks

Thank You’s Are Important November rolling around means many things for many people. Fall colors, first snows, changing of seasons, an extra hour of sleep (except AZ), family, a cozy feeling and Thanksgiving. In work and in life – it is tempting to bypass an opportunity to say a sincere Thank You because the recipient may already know that they are appreciated. Just like “I Love You”, finding a balance of use is…

FREE MONEY! ASCA 2014 Scholarship Information [Lapsed]

FREE MONEY! ASCA 2014 Scholarship Information [Lapsed]

You did not misread it – it is that time of the year. I am proud to announce the opening of the 2014 ASCA School Counseling Community Scholarship. Thanks to generous donations from companies like Hobsons and Universal Technical Institute in addition to donations from counselor colleagues (thanks to Erin Mason, Franciene Sabens, Matthew Meyers, Darrel Sampson, Cynthia Morton, & several other donors who wish to remain anonymous)…

Another Thank You!

Another Thank You!

You are important! This week is Thanksgiving. I hope that you are able to get some much needed rest (or at least about 5000 too many calories…it’s ok) to recharge your batteries. School counselors work in a typically thankless profession – often sacraficing our time and energy for less pay than is deserved and usually little thanks. I want to make sure you get at LEAST one thanks this season. So: THANK YOU! For being you, for…

Top 5 in 2015: The Counseling Geek’s top posts in 2015

Top 5 in 2015: The Counseling Geek’s top posts in 2015

Thanks for a great year!! 2015 has been a stellar year for school counselors and myself! From presentations at several conferences, things going super well at work, SC|CS 2016 going off the hook, being named finalist for California School Counselor of the Year, and getting to spend some time writing here – I am very thankful for 2015. As many bloggers do at this time – I want to take a look back and re-highlight 5 of my own…

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…

Public Speaking Tips for School Counselors: Tools for Totally Awesome School Counselor Presentations

Public Speaking Tips for School Counselors: Tools for Totally Awesome School Counselor Presentations

Welcome to the second chapter of the Public Speaking for School Counselors series. If you missed Chapter 1 – just click here to check out the tips from the first installation of this series to frame the content of this post. 3 out of 4 Americans fear public speaking (some more than spiders, heights, and even fear of death) and I know many school counselors share that fear. School counselors at all levels will be required to prepare and…

Stand Out From The Crowd: One Simple Tool To Give Your Emails Pizzazz

Stand Out From The Crowd: One Simple Tool To Give Your Emails Pizzazz

This is the look you are going to get. If you are like almost every school counselor I know – you send and receive TONS of emails each day. A few from your staff, words of thanks, request, or thanks from parents and a few emails that look something like… hey Ream Chico wants my transcripts. sEnd them now pls ~ [email protected] First off – I don’t know who [email protected] is. Second off…

Take Back Time with Gmail’s Canned Responses – School Counseling Video Blog

Take Back Time with Gmail’s Canned Responses – School Counseling Video Blog

School counselors need every extra second of each day. Gmail’s Canned Responses here to help! If your day is anything like my day in the school counseling office – you answer tons of emails. Many emails sound oddly similar too. I get many emails each day requesting meetings and appointments, a schedule change, a transcript, etc. I am sure you do too. Typing out each reply is a waste of time and finger stamina. Thank goodness…

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