I use this app a lot! It coaches kids to relax through deep breathes and visuals.
My school is using Edmodo as our school management system. I have found several ways to use this app to reach students.
Since so many kids are affected by divorce, this is a great app to have. It has all types of activities to help kids and parents.
My school has a Brain POP account. So, I use this app to show videos to my students. Great for older elementary students.
This app helps me take notes. The notes are stored in file cabinets on the app. It has lots of cool ways to keep organized!
All teachers should have this app. It is a great classroom management app.
I use this app with young children to teach appropriate behaviors in public.
This app has great games that help kids learn about emotions.
This app is a book that teaches kids they can adjust their attitude.
I use this app to show all kinds of videos to my students mostly in classroom lessons and group sessions.
I love my Mr. Moody. I work with very young children. My youngest students are 18 months, so I use Mr. Moody to help them express emotion. However, most of the time kids just want to cuddle with him.
Tangles are great to have for students that feel uncomfortable or nervous. If I am seeing a kid for the first time in an individual session, I hand them one of these to play with. Tangles did wonders for a student I had this year that suffered from anxiety.
The board game Consequences was a great resource for me this year. I used this game with all my students on behavior plans. I made my own cards based on the students' behavior plan goals. This is a great resource for all counselors.
Thumb balls are great for group activities. I have the debriefing ball shown here. I also have a warm-up ball and a few topical balls. The kids love this activity. You can also make your own with beach balls and permanent markers.
Unfortunately, I used this resource this year. This is a coloring book written by two of my counseling professors. It is a great book to have for addressing grief with students. They write other great coloring books as well.
I love using books in therapy. The A First Look At Series was very helpful to me this year. They address all kinds of topics. I used this particular book with my students going through divorce. They have a book for almost any situation.
An artist at my school created this drawing for me when I was trying to teach appropriate and inappropriate touch to our young students. It came in handy later when I individually counseled a student about the same topic.
I used these yoga cards for kids in a guidance lesson about relaxation techniques. The kids LOVED them. They are also a great ice breaker for group activities as well.
I love the book A Boy and A Turtle. I used this great guided imagery therapy book with a student that struggled with anxiety. It is a great resource to have for students that get worked up easily.
This year our school decided to implement a 1 to 1 program with iPads. I was given a mini and told to explore what I could use it for. Oh my goodness!!! I use my iPad all the time for administrative responsibilities as a counselor and for actual therapy as well.
I LOVE my iPad!
I am excited to announce that my first Wonderful Website is Little Parachutes. This site recommends tons of topical books that help kids cope with many "kid-sized" struggles. Kids relate to books starting at a very young age. This website lists a lot of books to help adults reach kids on their level.
I am so sad that I will not be able to attend the ASCA Conference 2013 this year. It is my goal to be able to go next year. However, for those school counselors that will be attending, try to find time to join the bloggers Meet & Greet.
July 2nd at 8:00am there will be a bloggers Meet & Greet hosted by Danielle from School Counselor Blog and Andrea from JYJ Counselor Blog. They will also be presenting a session called "Get Your Blog On". I love both of these blogs, and I know that their session will be awesome! I am sad that I will be missing it, but I still wanted to advertise! :)
College Day was a huge success!
At my elementary school we did a College Day instead of a Career Day this year. Next year, I plan on hosting a Career Day. I will continue to switch back and forth every year. Here are a few things we did to get our students to start thinking about college.
High Point University
Tennessee State University
Memphis College of Art
Westpoint, United States Military Academy