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…
And here is my version! (Don’t mind the buckets surrounding it – I used them for extra hallway decoration!)
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!
Although the School Counselor’s First Aid kit is adorable and creative, unfortunately, my 1st and 2nd grade students were not able to comprehend it as well as I would have liked. They couldn’t grasp the fact that the objects had a concrete, typical use, (i.e. a band-aid helps you when you’re bleeding) but also had a more abstract use relating to a counselor (i.e. counselors are like band-aids because they help you when you’re hurt). The whole concept was too abstract for my students and left them saying things like, “School counselors help you when you have a scratch or you fall down on the playground.” Keep in mind that my students come from high poverty backgrounds and are almost all English learners. So, I decided to scratch the first aid kit idea and change it to simply a “School Counselor’s Kit.” I made the objects inside of it more concrete and simple to understand. Here’s what I included in my kit and its connection to a school counselor…
- Tissue: Counselors help you dry your tears when you are feeling sad or overwhelmed. We also remind you that it is okay to cry – letting our feelings out helps us heal!
- Eraser: Counselors help you fix your mistakes and learn from them so that you don’t make the same mistake twice!
- Ear: Counselors are great listeners and will always pay close attention to you.
- SHH!: Counselors always keep your secrets. When you tell us a story or something about your life, we will keep it to ourselves and not share it with anyone else. But, if you are being hurt or someone is in danger, we will have to tell someone so that we can keep you safe!
- Candy: Seeing the counselor is a treat! We will talk through your feelings and even play some games to help you feel better. You are NOT in trouble if you are asked to see Miss Mac!
- Heart: Counselors love and care about you. They have big hearts and want the best for you!
- Life saver: Counselors can help “save” you from scary, overwhelming, or sad feelings. Counselors will help you “stay afloat” throughout the school year by offering you support, guidance, and love!
Here’s a picture of my new and improved kit and the items inside of it…
I also created this worksheet to help the students remember what we just learned and for their parents to become familiar with my role.
Has anyone else struggled with this lesson as well? Hopefully this plan will work much better for my students!