Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Why I Love Being a School Counselor in February!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

It's been a very busy month so I have not had a lot of free time to post on the "For High School Counselor" blog. However, I want to share some of the great activities that I have been involved in this month!

Since February is Dating Violence Awareness Month, it was important to me and my students to educate our students.  We downloaded some free materials from Mary Kay and then participated in a "Orange Out" campaign during the week of Valentine's Day.  

On Valentine's Day, we made "bling rings" and sold them to raise money for dating violence awareness materials for next year.  I found some great instructions on how to make a ring on Pinterest from "Mom on Time Out". They were a great hit with the the students and staff! 

Here are the directions:

Lay two pipe cleaners perpendicular to each other and twist them into an "X".

Here is the "X"
Place the Hershey Kiss in the center of the pipe cleaners.

Twist the pipe cleaners at the top of the candy.

Here is what it looks like when you pull the pipe cleaners apart.
Wrap the pipe cleaner around your finger.

Twist the pipe cleaner around the base of the ring.
The result!  How cute!

After our Dating Violence Awareness Campaign, I headed out to the National Peer Helper Conference sponsored by the Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation and the National Association of Peer Program Professionals in beautiful Point Clear Alabama.  

The conference was three days and there were many great trainers and speakers. Some workshops included: training adults in basic and advanced peer helping by Dr. Judith Tindall and Julie Champion; information about improving your peer mediation program; bully awareness training; implementing peer helping activities; peer mentoring; peer tutoring; peer helping program evaluation; grant writing; how to be an effective trainer; and a great session on working with different personalities. During the closing session, the National Peer Program Professional Organization honored the National School Counselor of the Year, Robin Zorn!

Take a look at some of the features of the conference from my eyes.

Mobile Bay
Path down the beach...this was right out of my room.

Inside the hotel. We had tea at 4 pm everyday!
Me, my secretary (Tamecia), Robin Zorn (aka "Counselor of the Year), and my colleague (Deidre) going out for seafood!
Well, February is not over and there is lots more to do and accomplish.  Our department will start meeting with parents and students for senior registration, we have a Peer Mediation Graduation, and we will wrap up the month with a parent night.  

So, how is your February?  

Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Counselor Bowl 2014

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Tonight is the Super Bowl and the night that NFL players have been working for all season. The Super Bowl celebrates those teams who have worked hard, persevered, and collaborated. The Super Bowl is not about one player, but about the entire team. All week in New York the citizens, players, and fans have been waiting for kick off.  Not only is New York waiting for the game, but so is my neighborhood. When I went to the grocery store today, there were lines of people buying chicken wings, chips, sodas, and snacks to go home and watch the game. Tomorrow, arm chair quarterbacks will be celebrating or complaining about the game and one team will go from hero to zero. But tonight, there is CELEBRATION!

Next week is the Super Bowl for school counselors. This is that one special week that we have the honor of celebrating our profession. In my opinion, the profession of school counseling is one of the most important professions in the world! As school counselors we are often great at celebrating others, but it is very difficult for us to promote ourselves.  I think it is great to be humble, BUT not this week!  This is the week I want you to "toot your horn", strut your stuff, and show your skills. If we do not celebrate ourselves then that old question remains, "What does the school counselor do?"

At the beginning of the game tonight, the players for each team were asked, "When I play in the Super Bowl, I will  ________________." My question to you is "When I celebrate National School Counselor Week, I will _______________."

If you looking to celebrate, there are many events for school counselors happening on the web. Here are some of the different opportunities for you to celebrate our profession:

  • Open Spokes-The community asks you to post a video once a week on a specific topic.  Here is information about posting the video.

                                                      Open Spokes Instructions

  • Twitter Chats:

#SCCHAT-1st Tuesday of the month.
#ESCHAT-Every Thursday @ 8 pm.

  • Materials and Resources:

Ways to Celebrate NSCW#14!!
Download NSCW#14 materials

After NSCW14, don't forget to continue collaborating with other counselors!

#SCCROWD Question & Answer Day-Feb. 18th

ASCA National Conference- Orlando Florida!