Monthly Archives: August 2013

Whoo Can Help You With…

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Most of you have probably already seen this on School Counselor Blog, but I did want to share my version as I am very proud of it, haha! As many of you know I am by NO means an artist, but I take immense pride in my cutting and gluing skills, haha. I LOVED the idea of having a poster in the hallway leading to my office that explains what a School Counselor does. We all know that there is immense confusion about our role amongst students, teachers, parents, and administrators, so a poster like this definitely cannot hurt!

Here is School Counselor Blog’s version…

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And here is my version! (Don’t mind the buckets surrounding it – I used them for extra hallway decoration!)

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Bucket Filling Lesson and Bulletin Board

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At the end of last year I asked my principal for a bulletin board that I could use to display student work, information about upcoming events, etc. My principal came through and got me a beautiful, and HUGE, board! I am thrilled to use it and think it will be a great PR tool for me!

For my first bulletin board, I really wanted to post the gorgeous and adorable buckets that my 1st and 2nd grade students created last year. We read the book Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud (a counselor ESSENTIAL – if you haven’t checked it out yet, please do!). To sum it up in a couple of sentences, bucket fillers are people who do and say kind and respectful things for others. The story gives a GREAT, easy to understand visual and teaches students to be bucket fillers rather than bucket dippers (dippers “dip” from the buckets of others by using mean and disrespectful words.) For added effect, I decorated this big blue bucket and brought it around with me to my classes.

Image To help my students better understand what a bucket filler is, we sang a chant together in a circle. We all chanted, “Bucket fillers, bucket fillers, what do they do? Bucket fillers like to…” and then the students took turns, according to the order of their circle, stating something that a bucket filler likes to do. Responses ranged from helping mom cook dinner to telling my sister I love her to helping my teacher collect homework. I encouraged each student to share a DIFFERENT thing that bucket fillers do so that we had a wide variety of examples. Then, we went back to our desks and filled out these bucket filler pages.

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The children wrote beautiful descriptions of when they are bucket fillers, decorated them so nicely with their crayons, and cut them out.

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I was dying to display these around school at the time, but didn’t have a bulletin board. Luckily, now I do! I used sparkly scrapbook paper from Michael’s, sparkly garland, and lots of butcher paper to create this bulletin board. I free-handed the bucket based on an image I found online and am extremely pleased with how it turned out! Seeing how well this turned out really filled my bucket! 😉

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I also displayed even more of the students’ beautiful buckets in the hallway leading to my office.

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New School Year Flyer!

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Happy New School Year, y’all!

Long time, no post…I know, I know! Things got so busy last year that unfortunately my blog had to take the back burner, but I hope to post several of my ideas and projects here in the coming weeks! We start school very early here in Tennessee – the students’ first day was August 1st! So, I’m very jealous of all of you that are still enjoying the summer sun. 

I wanted to share this flyer with you all that I created to give to parents at Open House. I thought it was a great PR tool to help parents understand my role and how I can support them and their child. I wrote an English and Spanish copy and left them in the hallway with a, “Parents, take me!” sign. I also posted this document to my school website so that it can easily be accessed online (although most of our parents do not have computers or an internet connection!) I placed the leftover flyers in the front entrance of our school for parents to grab as they come in/out during the hectic first week of school. 

Hope this is helpful as you begin your new school year planning!

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