Monday, September 1, 2014

New (School) Year's Resolutions

January signifies a start of a new year, but August/September signifies a start of a new school year. Like others I make some (realistic) goals for the year and this year I'm going to do the same for my professional self too.  Here are a few of my New (School) Year's Resolutions:

-Do a better job of keeping track of the students that I've seen
-Do a better job of keeping track of parent communication
-Choose and order 3-4 new books for my 4th & 5th grade book clubs
-Lead a service project that benefits either military/veterans or a women's shelter or both
-Maintain a consistent schedule of class visits
-Maintain doing a monthly 5th grade parent newsletter
-Post more on my JYJ Counselor Facebook Page
-Tweet more
-Make time for me, saying "no" is ok at times

If all else fails, here's a laugh as you think of your resolutions:

What are some of your new school year resolutions?  I may have to add some of your suggestions to my list!

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Staff Back To School Bulletin Board

Right before school let out for summer, the staff at my school had "homework" which was to take a picture of themselves during their summer vacation in their school shirt.  We did a "Oh the Places You Can Go" theme from the Dr. Suess book.  Each picture has a flap card, which you have to lift up to see where the person was during their vacation.

Here's my picture:

Flap card (lifted up):

Here's the full bulletin board:

It was so neat to see all the places that staff went during the summer months.  It also makes a great conversation piece when talking to students, parents and even visitors in the school.  I have a feeling that this will be a back to school tradition at my school. Pin It

Monday, August 18, 2014

Don't Forget Your Lunch & Giveaway

Something I learned after my first year as a school counselor is to take time for yourself during the day. I had a working lunch pretty often until the fabulous art teacher invited to eat lunch with her and sit at a table (not in front of a desk/computer).  How refreshing it was to take a little break for yourself.  Now most days I eat lunch either with students or with other adults in a non-sitting in front of the computer/desk atmosphere.  In a nutshell, school counselors work very hard (just like all educators) but something as small as a non-working lunch a few times a week can make such a big impact on our school sanity.

In honor of back to school season,  I'm doing a giveaway, whoot whoot!  I was actually given two of the same lunch totes and want to share the other with another school counselor. This giveaway is for a Scout lunch tote.  I pack a lunch every day and LOVE fun lunch totes.

Lunch tote, love the pattern & the colors!

What's something simple, easy and quick that you keep in your lunch for work?

Enter below for a chance to win the lunch tote.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Summer Wear to Work Gear

Now you know I couldn't just not post about summer wear to work?  Well this time I'm teaming up with the fashionably fabulous Melanie from The Stylish School Counselor Blog and we'd love to share some summer wear to staple pieces and work outfits:

Maxi skirts/dresses:
Shirt: Old Navy, Necklace & Skirt: JCrew Factory, Belt & Shoes: Gap

Jacket: Kut from the Kloth, Dress: Groovy's

Lightweight scarves

Shirt: Old Navy, Skirt: Kohl's, Scarf: Nordstrom
Shirt, Scarf & Belt: Old Navy, Skirt: Thrifted, Shoes: Nine West

Cardigan: JCrew Factory, Shirt & Skirt: Old Navy, Belt, Scarf & Shoes: Gap

Shirt & Scarf: Old Navy, Capris: JC Penney, Shoes: Nine West
Summer Dresses
Dress & Belt: Old Navy, Shoes: Nine West

Dress: Gap, Scarf: World Market (& yes that's NYC Times Square, summer vacay)
Jacket: Kut from the Kloth, Dress: Groovy's

Scarf: Charming Charlie's, Shirt: Old Navy, Capris: JC Penney, Shoes: Target
Jacket: Nordstrom, Tank: Old Navy, Crop Skinny Jeans: Michael Kors 

Jacket: Kut from the Kloth, Tank: Old Navy, Pants: Express 

Dress: Old Navy, Cardigan: Gap leopard, Necklace: Francesca's 
Printed Pants/Capris
Shirt: JC Penney, Pants: Anthropologie, Shoes: Gap

Cardigan, Shirt & Necklace: JCrew, Capris: JC Penney, Shoes: Cole Haan

Shirt: Banana Republic, Capris: Old Navy, Shoes: Gap

Statement Jewelry
Statement Necklace: Kate Spade, Dress: Target
 Necklace: Groovy's, Dress: Charming Charlie
Necklace: Groovy's, Dress: Old Navy, Cardigan: JC Penney 

So many ways to dress for the summer heat and work!  What are some of your summer wear to work must haves? Pin It

Monday, July 28, 2014

Intern Advice From An Intern

As school gears up for us school counselors, graduate students will be gearing up for their internship experience.  Since I've been out of the intern scope for a couple of years, my intern from the last school year Kelly was so kind to share some tips based on her experience:

-Give a little background about yourself :
Hi, I'm Kelly and I just graduated May 2014 with a master's degree in Counselor Education from East Carolina University (Go Pirates).  I also completed my undergraduate degree in Sociology from ECU.  
Originally, I started my undergraduate studies in early education, but soon decided I wanted to focus more on individual or a small group, which lead me to sociology. One of my older volleyball teammates (I played on the volleyball team at ECU) was in the counselor education program also, and really got me interested in the field.  I went straight to graduate school after graduating from undergrad, and I have absolutely LOVED the program and am so in love with counseling!

-How did you manage graduate school and internship, without feeling completely overwhelmed?
Throughout the year, my supervisor was great about allowing me to set my own schedule or change days that I came to my internship site if there were grad school assignments that I really needed to work on. Setting a schedule was really nice for me in order to stick to days where I focused mostly on my internship, and others when I focused mainly on schoolwork. However, I know that many sites which my classmates were in, set a schedule for them to come to their sites. Many of my friends handled both their internship and schoolwork by dedicating certain days to their schoolwork similarly to me being able to create my own schedule. There were times when it was overwhelming to juggle both my internship and finishing my graduate school program, but the more I stuck to a set schedule and completed things weekly in a set manner, the more in control I felt and got through the semesters with ease!

-What's something that you learned about yourself you didn't know from your internship experience?
I was fortunate to complete both semesters of internship at the same great school, and I think I learned much more about myself being here all year then having to split semesters! I had no idea that I was going to like classroom lessons and small group settings as much as I have. I was pretty sure that individual counseling was my primary focus, so I started off my internship just wanting to talk to individual students more than leading groups or classes. However, I learned throughout the year that I am pretty good at classroom management and leading a group. Although it shocked me some, I have had so many awesome opportunities to lead by myself that I have become much more comfortable!

-What did you enjoy about your internship?
Joyner has been such an amazing school for my internship experience! I have truly felt so welcomed, and have enjoyed all of the staff appreciation events that we (as counselors) helped lead and display around the school. The nerves were definitely large at first, but after being treated like a part of the school, instead of just an intern, I was really able to excel and find out the type of school counselor I will be, and what I enjoy most/least about the position!

-What advice would you give to someone about to begin their school counseling internship?
My advice is to keep an open mind and be willing to try everything…even if it isn’t specific to the counseling position! I attended many workshops, conferences, and trainings which were offered by the district, my school, and counseling associations! I truly put the most into my internship experience to get the same in return and be prepared for my first year as a school counselor!
Thanks for sharing Kelly!  Are there any other tips former interns would like to share?
Good Luck!

Thanks for sharing Kelly!  Are there any other tips former or recent interns would like to share?
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