Thursday, April 16, 2015

Book on Celebrating Diversity with Empathy and Giveaway

Teaching empathy is something we school counselors do oh so well and what better way to model and show empathy to our students than through books.  Author Maria Dismondy's newest book Chocolate Milk, Por Favor is a fantastic book to use to show empathy AND teaches accepting others through diversity.  

What I really like about this book is that this story is very relatable because it's Maria own story of a new student (Gabe) at her school who's an non-English speaker from another country and how another student (Johnny) goes out of his way to be unkind to him.  Throughout the students differences Johnny learns that those differences make people special or unique.  He learns that these special differences don't mean that you can't be kind and learn from others that may be different (and in this case, speak a different language than you).  This same story happens in many of our school buildings with (initial) non-English speaking students.  I can see this being shared with many of the classes and teachers in my school.  This is a great addition to my school counselor book library.

As an added bonus super fantastic Maria already has Chocolate Milk, Por Favor Reader's Guide with worksheets and ideas to use with students (thank you Maria).  Maria has been so kind to give an autographed copy of the book away.  Enter below.  This is a win-win and activities, what more can I say!

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Clear and Bold Writing Aid...Hemingway

No, your eyes aren't deceiving you...this IS a new post!  I am so glad to be back in the blog world and share more counselor tools with you.  With that said, let's roll:

How many times have to typed a document or email for school and thought to yourself "does this make sense" or "I hope that this is fairly easy for people to understand".  I can gladly say that this is me.  I've been known to type something, reread it multiple times and even have a second reader proof it for me.

So I have a cool web tool that was shared by one of the fabulous teachers at my school and it is Hemingway (like the author).  What exactly does this tool do?  Well counselor friends, it does oh so much, it's like the friend that you ask to check your writing but on your computer/tablet.

To get started, just type or copy and paste your text on the page

As your written text appears, Hemingway identifies grammar tools (such as adverbs, passive voice) and gives you suggestions to update it.  Hemingway also gives you a readability level AND breaks down your writing to let you know sentence/phrase difficulty.

I am so excited to use this tool.  I may just sound like a "true writer" now, so if my blog writing seems a little more "polished" it just may be due to Hemingway (actually, I'll probably use this more for school related stuff, blog posts will be "just me").

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Liebster Award

Fellow blogger and fashionista school counselor friend Melanie from The Stylish School Counselor nominated me for the Liebster Award so here's my questions to answer:

1. What are your top 3 favorite life moments to date?
I try to make all my moments in life memorable so there are too many to name.

2. What are some stores that are your go to places to shop for you?
I love to shop (especially for a bargin) so my usual shopping spots are: JCrew, Old Navy, Gap, Macy's, Banana Republic and recently I've gotten into Athleta.

3. How would you describe your style? (Bonus: share some pictures)
I'd say that I dress very preppy with a little edge.  I love to mix prints and colors and love dressing up for work...dress for success (I know it sounds cheesy but it's so true).  

4. What is your occupation? If you didn't do that, what would you do?
School Counselor, oh yeah!  If I weren't  a school counselor, I'd love to be a corporate trainer that traveled all over the world training others.  

5.  What is your favorite room in your home and why?
My living room...couch, Apple TV ie..Netflix, enough said

6. What are 3 things on your wish list right now?
-Silver Birkenstocks for Spring
-Track Jacket
-Gift card to Athleta to buy said Birkenstocks and jacket

See these are actually on my wish list!

7. What has been your favorite vacation to date?Vacations are always awesome, I loved my cruise to the Bahamas 2 years ago and I loved my trip to England and Norway last year.  Could I possibly go for a three-peat by going to Central America this year in Costa Rica & Nicaragua?

8. If you could share one of your best organization tips (whether at home or at school) what would it be?
Pick out your clothes/outfits for the week ahead of time and make/pack your lunch before you go to bed...will save you so much time.  This works oh so well for me! I would like to nominate the following bloggers for the Liebster Award and to join in on the fun! Simply link back to this post, answer the questions below, and nominate some of your fav bloggers!! 


1. What can always be found in your handbag or schoolbag?
2. Do you pack your lunch or eat school cafeteria food?
3.Why did you decide to start blogging and why?
4. What is your absolute favorite food?
5. If you weren't a school counselor, what career path would you choose?
6. What is the most played song on your iPod?
7. What's the last book that you read?
8. What's your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
9. What's your favorite TV show?
10. What's the last movie that you saw?

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Friday, February 6, 2015

#NSCW15 Friday Giveaway

On the last day of #NSCW15 and one last giveaway.  Enter below to win a $20 giftcard to Walmart to use towards your next school counselor project.  I hope that you had a fantastic week celebrating all that you do, it is certainly appreciated!

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

#NSCW15 Thursday Giveaway

#NSCW15 Thursday Giveaway is a copy of What Shoes Will You Wear book by the fabulous Julia Cook.  Raise your hand if you have a Julia Cook book in your counselor library?  Well here' s a way to add another to your collection.  Enter below to win a copy of What Shoes Will You Wear  which is great book to use with students to explore careers options.  I ALWAYS find myself looking for resources and ways to expose younger students to careers.  This is going to be an excellent resource to add to my counselor career resources.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

#NSCW15 Wednesday Giveaway

#NSCW15 Wednesday Giveaway is a copy of The Body Image Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help Girls Develop a Healthy Body Image in an Image Obsessed World (An Instant Help Book for Teens) by Julia V.Taylor.   Raise your hand if you own the super helpful G.I.R.L.S. book (I do, love them).  Well here's a way to add another book to your counselor library.  Enter below to win a copy of The Body Image Workbook for Teens, which is great book to use with students & parents. This is going to be an excellent resource to add to my counselor career resources.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

#NSCW15 Tuesday Giveaway

#NSCW15 Tuesday Giveaway is a copy of The Anti-Test Anxiety Society book by the fabulous Julia Cook.  Raise your hand if you have a Julia Cook book in your counselor library?  Well here' s a way to add another to your collection.  Enter below to win a copy of The Anti-Test Anxiety Society, which is great book to use with students as testing season approaches.  I ALWAYS find myself looking for resources and ways to calm testing nerves with students and parents.  This is going to be an excellent resource to have on working with testing worries.

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