Monday, April 21, 2014

Read & Tried... Kindness Lesson & Activity

In continuation of our Random Acts of Kindness Lessons, counselor intern Kelly and I decided to continue kindness/getting along with others lessons with our friends in 1st grade.  We used the idea that school counselor Emily shared on the School Counselor Blog Spotlight.  We read the (fabulous) Have You Filled A Bucket Today book by Carol McCloud, which I love reading.

Reading "Have You Filled A Bucket Today"

We also showed a cute and fun song video clip I found on Youtube to reiterate being a "bucket filler".
Click here to view the video

We sat in a circle (I had to make a mental note to wear pants since I LOVE skirts), where we used a ball of yarn to make a "web of kindness", where each student gives a compliment to a classmate, while tossing and holding on to the yarn being passed around (hence the web).  As Emily shared, the students felt so proud to give and receive compliments.  For our class visits, I assigned everyone a person to give a compliment to.  I typed the student's names on an Avery address labels template, then cut the names out which I put in a cup and let them pick out of.  If they happened to draw their own name, they just picked another name.  That way nobody had that "last picked" feeling.

Names
Names cut out and about to be put in a cup.
Giving directions on our web of kindness
Our web...next time I'll use a brighter color of yarn, it's hard to see in this picture.  
I was amazed how well the students sat quietly and held on to their string as others gave compliments. I was extra excited seeing the smiles, cheers and head nods as students received compliments from their classmates. This was a lesson that I read about, tried and loved.  Thanks Emily for sharing!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

School Counselor Wear to Work Giveaway!


Can you tell that I really enjoyed writing about my school counselor work fashion?  Well I certainly did, so much that I'm doing a fashion related giveaway!  Since the weather's (finally) warming up I've been wanting to wear a light, fun and colorful scarf that can be worn both inside and outside of school (remember to buy clothing pieces that can be worn in multiple "looks"). I bought the scarves (1 for me and another for the giveaway winner) from the store World Market

Scarf from World Market
Here's a couple of "looks" the scarf can be worn in (I apologize for not having pics of me in the actual outfits, but I was on a time crunch to get these taken and you know how we school counselors have to do what we have to do...):

If I were to wear this scarf to work with a....skirt (skirts are my fav):

Cardigan: JCrew, Camisole: Banana Republic, Belt: Old Navy, Skirt: Thrifted
Shirt: Old Navy, Belt & Skirt: Thrifted
Shirt: Old Navy, Belt: Gap, Skirt: JCrew Factory

If I were to wear this scarf to work with....capri/cropped pants:

Shirt: JCrew, Capri Pants: JC Penny

And if all else fails, we all have this "black & white" outfit:

Shirt: Old Navy, Capri Pants: JC Penny

If I were to wear this scarf to work with...a dress


Dress: Old Navy
Vest & Dress: Gap ( I probably wouldn't wear the vest to work but would for an outside of work setting)

After seeing a few ways to rock the spring scarf in and out of work and if you can totally see yourself wearing it, please enter the giveaway below.  If you're the winner, I'd love to see how you're wearing the scarf (I won't post your pic unless you'd like me to).  Also fellow blogger and fashionable school counselor Melanie from The Stylish School Counselor is doing a #stylishschoolcounselor challenge via social media where you post your outfit of the day (#ootd).  Please join in, I love getting ideas of what others are wearing to work. 

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Monday, April 7, 2014

The Countdown Until Spring Break (Staff Pick Me Ups)

Despite the snow days and the unexpected time off Spring Break just seemed like a (very) distant dream.  Well this year to pump up the staff for the exciting break, we did a countdown with a daily theme for the days before spring break (similar to the 12 days of Christmas, which we also do and I'll share later on).  Several teachers and myself thought of this and we also had help from our PTA.  So here's what we did:

-Hawaiian/Island Day, wear your favorite tropical themed shirt, hat, etc.  Kelly and I had on fresh leis straight from Hawaii that someone brought back for us from their trip right before this (how convenient).

Check out our "official" leis.  They are absolutely beautiful & I loved being able to smell fresh flowers all day.
Our staff really got into this!
-Guess the number of (spring) M&M's in the jar and the person closet to the actual number wins.



-Island Snack Themed Day (sponsored by our PTA)



Pineapple juice with umbrellas, I can almost see the beach!
-Spring "Prom" and Photo Booth Day, we LOVE a photobooth opportunity at JYJ!  We have an awesome staff member who was a former journalist & photographer who took pics of everyone.


-Easter Egg Hunt Day, there were 5 plastic eggs hidden throughout the building (a parent hid them) and if you found an egg you won a prize.  I actually won a gift card from finding an egg!

-March Munching Madness Day, wear your favorite college team shirt and bring in finger/snack foods to share with the staff.

-Staff "Sailing" Spotlight Day, write a note to a staff member to brighten their day and for a special touch we had Lifesavers candy to add to the sailing effect.  Each staff member was assigned a person to write a note to.  It was so nice to receive a little pick me up note during the week.



-Wake Up and Read PJ Day, this was the end of our district wide book collection drive and both students and staff wore PJ's.  Our school collected over 4,000 books to donate!



This was soooo much fun to do and went over well with the staff as you can tell from the pics.  We may have to do a another countdown for other school milestones, stay tuned.


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Monday, March 31, 2014

School Counselor Wear to Work Series: Counselor Showcase Pt. II


I've had so much fun and amazing feedback on the wear to work series and I can gladly say that I have even more pictures....showcasing YOU!  You wonderful counselors who serve in so many roles...helping students, staff and parents, chairing committees, advocating, just going beyond the call of duty and all while looking so stylish!  Take a look for yourself!  Also thanks to my counselor friends in my district that "volunteered" to have their picture taken. 

Katie: Elementary School Counselor, Raleigh, NC
Ashley: K-8 School Counselor,  Greenwich, OH
Laurin: Elementary School Counselor, Raleigh, NC
Dentra: Middle School Counselor, Raleigh, NC

Anna: Elementary School Counselor, Zebulon, NC (Anna was my very 1st intern and her style made me step up my dress game)

(left) Raychelle: High School Counselor, Hilton Head, SC (center) Deana: Elementary School Counselor, Ashland, KY (right) just me!

There's still time to send in pics,  I'll be doing another counselor wear to work counselor showcase in the future (yay)!  Email pics to jyjcounselor@gmail.com.  Please include in your email: your name (only first names will be used), the school level you work on, and your city & state.  Thanks again, for making this such a fun set of posts. 



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Monday, March 24, 2014

Happy Bulletin Board

I got the inspiration to make a bulletin board based on the song Happy by Mr. Pharrell Williams (whom I've been a fan of since he was with The Neptunes).  It's super catchy and the kids & adults LOVE it (including me).  So to make this display I...

-Typed the chorus lyrics into a Word document and added "Joyner's Happy" since it's the name of my school and I printed on colored paper.


-Took pictures of students and staff around the building being...Happy!  This was so much fun to do, I had many willing participants.
Myself with staff members at school event, don't we look happy!

-I posted the chorus and pictures around.



This was a super easy display to make (5 steps or less) and has gotten lots of looks!

Just in case you haven't had enough of this song.....










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Monday, March 17, 2014

School Counselor Wear to Work Series- Counselor Showcase


I've had so much fun and amazing feedback on the wear to work series and here's my favorite part of the series....showcasing YOU!  You wonderful counselors who serve in so many roles...helping students, staff and parents, chairing committees, advocating, just going beyond the call of duty and all while looking so stylish!  Take a look for yourself!


Tonya:  Middle School Counselor, Wendell, NC

Dylan: High School Counselor, Washington, DC

Meredith:  Elementary School Counselor, Garner, NC


Portia:  Senior Administrator, Counseling and Student Services, Cary, NC
Lou Anne:  Elementary School Counselor, Willow Springs, NC
Robin:  Elementary School Counselor, Raleigh, NC
Crystal:  Senior Director, Counseling and Student Services, Cary, NC
Angela:  Elementary School Counselor, Lawrenceburg, KY

Ashley: Counselor Graduate Student & Elementary School Dance Teacher, Lexington, KY

Betsey:  Elementary School Counselor, Nicholasville, KY

Margy: Elementary School Counselor, Paintsville, KY

Michelle: Middle School Counselor, Paris, KY
Angela:  High School Counselor, Durham, NC

Rebecca: Elementary School Counselor, Hillsbourgh, NC


There's still time to send in pics, I just got in some more pictures so I'll be doing another counselor wear to work counselor showcase (yay)!  Email pics to jyjcounselor@gmail.com.  Please include in your email: your name (only first names will be used), the school level you work on, and your city & state.  Thanks again, for making this such a fun set of posts.  I absolutely loved this!

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Monday, March 10, 2014

School Counselor Wear to Work Series-Part III Wardrobe Must Haves

For Part III of the School Counselor Wear to Work Series I'll talk about my school counselor wardrobe must haves:

-What pieces of clothing are on your counselor "must have list"?
I am an avid fashion blog reader and especially enjoy fashion bloggers that work in education (I feel like I can relate more to them, since they also work in a school).  Something that I’ve learned from reading these blogs is when purchasing clothes is that items should be able to be worn in many different ways so you get multiple “looks”.  Meaning you buy a shirt and you should be able to wear the shirt with dress pants, a skirt, maybe a dress, layered under a sweater, etc.  Here are some of my counselor wardrobe must haves:


I LOVE cardigans (my absolute favorite type is the Jackie cardigan from J. Crew) they are so versatile and can be worn in any season. 

Some of my cardigans (yes I have more than this...hello shopping diet).  All cardigans are JCrew or JCrew Factory. 
Skirts to me are so versatile and can be really dressed up or be business casual.   If you haven't already noticed I LOVE wearing skirts, they're so fun to wear!

Shirt: JCrew, Sweater & Belt: Gap, Skirt & Tights: Old Navy, Shoes: Bass Weeguns Loafers
Shirt & Belt: Gap, Skirt: Thrifted, Shoes: Anne Klein

Shirt: JCrew, Belt: Gap, Skirt: Banana Republic, Tights: Old Navy, Shoes: Bass Weeguns Loafers
 
Sweater: Banana Republic, Belt: Gap, Skirt: Thrifted, Shoes: Bass Weeguns Loafers


*Also a good belt is a must have (notice that I wore my trusty brown belt from the Gap in all those pics). 

You can't go wrong with dress pants and button up shirts (which are great to layer) in a school counselor environment.

Cardigan: JCrew, Shirt & Pants: Nautica (Belk Dept Store), Belt: JC Penney, Shoes: BP by Nordstrom
Cardigan: JCrew Factory, Necklace: JCrew, Shirt & Pants: JC Penny, Belt: Old Navy, Shoes: BP by Nordstrom



 Fun yet professional dresses and comfy but cute shoes top my list.  I've really gotten into wearing oxfords and loafers which are both comfy and can be worn in multiple looks.  I’m not much into accessorizing (yet), I love how people wear statement necklaces and such, but I'm working on adding that (I've really gotten into scarves though).  

-I need your help and want you to be a part of the last installment of the wear to work series (well unless you'd like me to cover more in the future).  Here's where you come in:  send in a picture of yourself in your counselor work attire.  You can email the pics to jyjcounselor@gmail.com.  Include in your email:
  • Your name (only your first name will be used)
  • School level (Elem, Mid, High, or even grad student)
  • City and State where you live



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