Test Prep Lesson (Test Anxiety Strategies and Having Grit)

Testing, testing, 1-2-3. Yup, it’s that time of year again. (Insert eye roll here). As we all try to instill hope into our little people as the high-stakes testing puts way too much pressure on them than is developmentally appropriate… (sigh) … it’s test prep lesson time. I shy away from these lessons on some Read More …

PEER HELPER PROGRAM: Elementary Students Showing Leadership

This post was Inspired by a question someone asked me on Facebook’s Elementary Counselor Exchange. The question was “How do you run your Peer Helper Program?”  Here is the answer: Procedures for Setting Up Peer Helper Program: 1. I introduce the program opportunity to the 5th grade students during one of my lessons. I tell Read More …

5 Things School Counselors Can Do To Start the Year

You know the panic you feel when you can’t remember where you parked your car. You just stand there looking around frozen,  annoyed,  embarrassed,  THINKING… “Grrreeaat (or another expletive)….What do I do now?”. I love this metaphor that I recently heard by keynote speaker Sean Smith (#VOV2018) in Kentucky. While he used the metaphor for a different type of Read More …

Helpful Resources: Integrating Growth Mindset in Schools #ASCA18

If you are thinking about attending my ASCA 2018 session on Growth Mindset, these are some of the resources that I will refer to.  (A little preview! Hope to see you there in LA on Sunday July 15th at 1:30 pm). This will also serve as your “handout”. Praising Progress Vs. Praising Intelligence: A great Read More …