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Middle School Counseling

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Conflict Resolution Classroom Guidance Lesson for School Counseling

This classroom guidance lesson addresses conflict resolution. Students discuss reasons why people might address conflict via social media rather than in person and then discuss pros/cons of doing so. Students are introduced to 6 simple steps to addressing conflict face-to-face and the practice demonstrating skills with

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Middle School Rewards That Don't Cost You a Penny!

Middle School Rewards Are you searching for a way to motivate your middle school students? Found a way to track positive behavior but not sure what to do now? Treasure box? No, that's too elementary. Prizes? No, that's too expensive. Reward coupons are the way to go! Your students will love the opportunity to be rewarded with things that matter to them. Plus, these no-cost options will cut down on the amount of money you need to spend on your classroom! Or, really, just allow you to spend it on other things because let's be real, you'll probably need more pencils or tissues soon! Check out the reward coupon options I provide my students: 1. Choose your seat for the day This is one of the most sought-after rewards in classrooms with seating charts. If you do not use seating charts, you can still use this reward; simply let students choose the type of seat they sit on. If you are REALLY flexible, you could even let your seat (at your desk or anywhere else in the room) be a choice. 2. Free assignment pass My students LOVE this reward. It becomes especially popular close to the end of the grading period. Weird, right?! #procrastinatorsunite 3. Assignment extension This one can be really helpful for student-athletes. In my 7th grade classes, it's often their first time trying to balance practice, games, AND school work. I'm thankful that my school supports students' interests but still holds them accountable. 4. Extra credit points I find it funny that the students who like extra credit the most, are usually the ones who don't need it! Don't tell anybody, but I was that kid! 🙋 5. Drop the lowest grade Some teachers use this practice routinely, but if you don't this can be a great reward. You may want/need to add some qualifying information to this reward; like it must be a daily grade, not a test or project grade. Please make sure you abide by your district/building policies regarding grades. 6. Work in the hallway This is a reward because of the freedom. Middle school students love to feel free, like they have control, and that you are not watching their every-single-move! 7. Listen to music while working This reward is easy if you are in a district/building with 1-1 devices or if you are a little more lenient with your cell phone policy. I do include a couple of qualifying statements with this reward - It can ONLY be used during independent work time and the student MUST have headphones. Image by Karolina Grabowska 8. Work with a friend Who doesn't like to work with their friends?! The social aspect of middle school life is central. Sure, this probably shouldn't be redeemed on test day, but on daily work, why not? Clipart from Pigknit 9. Bring a snack to class I have a snack DRAWER in my desk, so I am definitely not opposed to snacks in the classroom. I know some people worry about mess, if you are one of those people...add some guidelines to this reward. 10. Bring a drink to class I would recommend that you tell your students that their drinks should have a screw-top lid. Less chance of spillage. Image by Kaleb Tapp 11. Chew gum in class Gum is precious commodity. I don't know about your school, but at my school, if you are the kid with gum, you are the most popular! 12. Eat lunch in the classroom This is something that often happens at the elementary level, but sometimes we forget that older students want to build those connections with adults too. 13. Wear a hat in class At the middle school level, you may not have the authority to say that a student can wear a hat all day long, but the hat reward can be redeemed when that student is in your classroom. 14. Take off your shoes in class I know some people find this gross but think about how you get comfy. I don't know about you, but one of the first things I do when I get home is slip off my shoes! Image by Jacob Owens 15. Free time A free time reward can come in many formats to fit your classroom environment. Some free time rewards I have used include time to read a personal book, draw, play on technology, play board games, do puzzles, and just time to chat with friends (as long as it doesn't interrupt the rest of the classroom. You can purchase a set of ready-made reward cards from my Teachers Pay Teachers store - Here

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Individual Counseling: Tools and Resources

No matter your counseling theory of choice, reality is that you need "stuff" to counsel elementary students. Most of our sessions aren't just sitting and talking. We need individual counseling tools and props and resources

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School Counseling Office Tour: Round One

I've been meaning to do a post about my office for five years. I procrastinated because my office was either "too messy" or, when it was clean, I realized it looked crazy blue due to

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School Counseling Office Tour: Round One

I've been meaning to do a post about my office for five years. I procrastinated because my office was either "too messy" or, when it was clean, I realized it looked crazy blue due to

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Classroom Tour: School Counselor - Love You More Too || Dallas Foodie+Fitness Lifestyle Blog

School counselor room tour. How to organize your materials, links to helpful bulletin boards and resources as well as tools I use in my classroom.

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School Counseling Self-Referral System

One of the questions I see pop up pretty regularly on IG and FB is "How do I set up a school counseling self-referral system?" While having students use google forms on computers in their

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School Counseling Office Tour

SCHOOL COUNSELING OFFICE TOUR Have you ever come back from the summer and your office looks like this?! It can be so daunting! I am grateful to our custodians who clean the ENTIRE school each summer, however it can be challenging having to start from what feels like scratch each fall. To look on the bright side, I often think about how it is a new opportunity to set up my office in a better way. Plus, I love to decorate! COUNSELING LIBRARY A few years ago, I organized my counseling library into sections and this was the best decision I have ever made. The bottom shelf contains mostly resources and books for educators and parents. The middle and top shelves are divided into various counseling categories: Family Changes Grief & Loss Friendship Accepting Differences Bullying Coping Skills Feelings Self-Control Growth Mindset Self-Esteem I also have labels that are editable so I can edit these in the future if need be. OFFICE DOOR Another VERY important part of my office is the door to my office which is typically open. However, there are times in which the door is closed (i.e. counseling session with student, parent phone call, etc.). Students who stop by to my office will first see this door referral system which includes the following: "Where is the School Counselor?" Sign Mailbox Label Size of Problem Poster Counselor Pass Counselor Pass Envelope Label This referral system is really a life saver in the school counseling world because our days can be very busy. Students who leave their class to come speak with me can complete a counseling pass in their classroom or they can take a blank pass from the white envelope, fill it out, and then place the pass inside the blue mailbox. All teachers are provided with blank passes throughout the school year. I also make sure that I always have enough blank passes and pencils available for students who stop by. The door posters can be found here! DECOR AND DETAILS Now onto the best part, the decor and details! My happy place is the beach so naturally I went with a beach theme. Throughout the years, I have found adorable and cheap beach decor at places like Michaels and The Christmas Tree Shop. I have also been gifted some special items, like the relax treasure chest from my Assistant Principal that I have also used as a mini personalized calm down tool kit. There are a few items that children typically gravitate towards when they enter my office, the sand tray and mini paper shredder being two of them. My kids LOVE these and so do I! MINDFULNESS ZEN ZONE/CALM DOWN AREA If my office were the size of a classroom or even a little bigger, I would designate an entire area to a calm down area/mindfulness zen zone. While this would be ideal, I have made the best of my smaller office! A few years back, I created a Mindfulness Kit for each classroom in the building. While I was doing this, I created one for myself so that I could offer this to students in need. The kit includes calming strategy cards, a pinwheel, crayons, fidgets, paper, and Play-Doh. OFFICE POSTERS On the walls in my office, I have many posters including our school's common language (i.e. speaker power, listening position, bucket dipping/filling, and expected/unexpected behavior). My office posters also include various beach scenes from an old calendar that I laminated, a confidentiality sign, quote posters, group rules, and more. Although it takes some extra TLC and time to decorate a counseling office, it helps the kids to feel comfortable and safe which is truly most important. It brings me such joy when parents and/or children come into my office and compliment how calming my office feels. That is the goal! Check out the finished product below! My entire counseling office decor set can be found here. If you're looking for more of a rustic counseling theme, you can check that out by clicking the below picture.

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Mindfulness Interactive Bulletin Board

This mindfulness bulletin board is interactive and can be used in your counseling office, classroom, or hallway! Students follow 5 steps to practice a mindful minute and take a reminder slip with them for use during times of need! This set includes 3 different sizes (36"x48" shown in picture size...

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