This party has inspired me to begin planning for the coming year in earnest; I hope it will also encourage new counselors to connect with colleagues around the country. Blogs and social media have been a lifesaver for me this past year, and I'd like to pass that knowledge on to others. What are you waiting for? Join our link party!
Staff officially begin August 26th, but I was lucky enough to be invited along with the K-1 team for a planning beach retreat weekend! Students start on September 3rd.
2. A clapper board. I brought one to a classroom lesson early in the year and it became a behavior management tool disguised as a fun toy for role plays!
3. Pinterest. If you've seen my boards, you know that I use ideas from Pinterest pretty much every day for group and classroom lesson planning, displays, and… well, everything! Pinterest is a goldmine of creative ideas… and it's FREE!
In addition, I am planning an icebreaker activity involving Whoonu cards for an introductory lesson in grades 1-5. When these are done, I will post in my blog!
2. Also, when you see a resource you really love but can't yet afford, add it to your very own Amazon SC Wish List. It reminds you of super cool lessons you want to try in the future, with the added bonus of allowing friends, family and PTA members to know exactly what you need in your program… :)
3. Finally, make your lessons engaging and fun, but also practical. Observe students at recess and in the cafeteria, attempt to seek out the struggles of individual classes or grade levels, then then try to create realistic scenarios for role plays. It was neat to see students begin to use the problem solving we were practicing in classes, but on their own and all around the school!
I had a binder last year that held a master calendar, to do lists, SWIS data, event planning, lesson plans, etc. This year I would like to divide and conquer by having multiple binders, similar to the organizational genius of Alyssa the Classy Counselor. I also use Google Docs and Calendar, and (try to) keep on top of email and scheduled lessons!