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Tips & Tricks for New Counselors; Guidance, Groups, and Technology

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Transcript of Tips & Tricks for New Counselors; Guidance, Groups, and Technology

Technology!
Tips & Tricks for New Counselors
Congratulations! You have the Best Job in the World!
Karen Peninger
kab769@yahoo.com

Tip # 1 plan ahead
Guidance Tips
So how do you advocate for yourself and Counselors everywhere!
Guidance, Groups, and Technology
My Goals as a Counselor
Degree in the ABC's of behavior
Special Ed teacher
Resource Teacher
The Promised Land (not once but twice!)


* Be known, be seen, be heard, be there!
* Be a Leader
* Have a Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Program
Introduction to the masses.
How will you introduce yourself?
Pick your Allies Wisely
Best and
Worst Case Scenarios
Counselor's Bible:
TEA's Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Program Model
Guidance Curriculum
Responsive Services
Individual Planning
System Support
Year at a Glance-
Play video
The ABC’s of Kindergarten Orientation

BEAR DINER –
Check District Website to
make payments on accounts
Menu
You may make payments in person also
Pin Numbers
Birthday Celebrations
No Food allowed

Cafeteria and Celebrations


School Hours – 7:40-2:40
Late Arrivals
Students are Tardy after 7:40
Early Dismissal Days – 11:00
Absences
If your student is absence don’t forget to send an official doctors note

Attendance Office


Email
teacher’s last name & first initial @wsisd.net
Phone
817-367-1334
Daily Folders- Behavior & Homework
Weekly Folder-Progress
Newsletters
Conferences
Report Cards
Website

Communication

B- Believe
E- Excellence
A- Attitude
R- Respect
S- Service

Students must have a backpack (no wheels)
Please check your child’s backpack EVERY DAY!

BEARS & Backpacks

Do what works for you!
Revisit what
you
do every time you meet.
Be ready to shoot from the hip!
Daily Guidance
Morning Announcements meet the masses ...now reach the masses!
Everyday! Read aloud positive messages, character traits, readings, and announcements
Remember be known, be Seen, Be Heard, Be There
The Essential 55
Jump Start Daily Guidance
Classroom Guidance
1x a 6 weeks
1x a week Vs 1 week
Curriculum themes for each grade
So where do you get your lessons
Everywhere!
Some i just make up , Pinterest of course!
Marco Books - AMAZING!!!!
Howard B.Wigglebottom- wedolisten.org
Steps 2 Respect
Second Step Lessons
Stop Bullying Now
Self-Esteem Garden
SMART Guidance
Jellybean Jamboree
Here's what works for me
Classroom Managment techniques
State procedures & expectations every-time, yes every-time and don't forget to reintroduce yourself and talk about what you do!
here's my demo... don't laugh!
Stay Seated!
In Classes- Stay in seats
In your own guidance room-lines of tape or try Sleeping bags
Whats with all the talking!
You could just feed them to keep their mouths quiet :) really
Just go with it! At 1 x a 6-weeks whats wrong with having some fun talking about friends, goals, and choices.
They get crazy in Guidance!
Times
Pre K-1st grade 30 minutes
2nd -4th 45 minutes

* and yes, I let the teachers leave
Mini Guidance Lessons
Guidance on-demand!
Don't Squeal unless its a big Deal
Yikes-Lice
Llama Drama
and any other issue teachers bring up!
DATA MINING
Scheduling
Note Taking
Appointments
Testing
Apps
youTube
edmodo vs facebook
BE KNOWN, BE SEEN, BE HEARD, BE THERE!!!!!
Counselors, Technology is not just for emails
Data Mining
Counselors you must learn your student system! Run reports on your own, saves time helps keep you self sufficient.

Skyward
TeXIS
OUTLOOK IS MY BFF
PUT EVERYTHING IN YOUR CALENDER!

SET REMINDERS OF APPTS, AND EVEN REMINDERS OF THINGS THAT MUST GET DONE!

ITS A GREAT TOOL TO DOCUMENT YOUR TIME SPENT!!!

note taking
On the go- I use iPad - notes app then email to self

Student Notes Binder- BIG IDEA circa 2011

Paper and Pen problems- papers everywhere!!! ugh well that's what my appt book is for ;)
EZANALYZE.com
Testing
Try Testhound, seriously so far pretty awesome!- email for cheats!

APPS MAN!
WEB PAGE
https://tellagami.com/gami/3JRJH8/

Think BIG!
Write Grants
Plan guest speakers
Change your plans every year
Think of ways to bring your students/staff & families together!!
Start clubs/fun groups- sign up for the fun stuff!

Groups and Individual Meetings
Start groups after At-Risk
see handouts on group organizing ~ or make a google form
Uh-oh " Why does my kid need Counseling?" and other questions
teachers
should answer
4-6 sessions in a 6 weeks. get permission
Squeeze 'em in at lunch, music, library, art, whenever you can
Meetings/ groups are not set on a contingency basis
Morning groups - Better than coffee
PLAY, PLAY, PLAY
My Most Common Groups
Morning group- play and games or purposeful activites/jobs
Creative Writing- journaling
Anger mgmt group-
Kinder group- read and play
Grief group- tough Boris
Blogs to follow
www.schcounselor.com
www.savvyschoolcounselor.com
www.jyjoynercounselor.blogspot.com
www.thecounselinggeek.com



Google Docs Coolest Thing I found this year! - ( see demo)
EDMODO
Safe and fun version of Facebook. But still proceed with caution! Smaller the group the better, teach social networking skills
- I introduced this with my social networking handout
- Folder, handouts, and Cards
- Happy Beginning flyers
- You tube
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