Saturday, March 18, 2017

Reacting to "Reel" Rejection

Here's a fun activity that I did with my friendship group. We were talking about being rejected by our friends, how we feel when that happens, and what can you do. Changing our mindset can help us when dealing with these difficult times. After our discussion, we made a "reel."

Before the group, I used notecards to write places and activities at our school where they may be interacting with friends. For example, "On the playground playing kickball" or "At lunch eating." I allowed the students to pick a situation to draw on a sheet of paper with a dashed line across the middle. The top portion of the paper has a student asking if they can join and the others saying "no". Then the students picked a way to handle the rejection. Again I took notecards and wrote different reactions such as "I can find someone else to hang out with" or "I can survive this, it happens to everyone." On the bottom portion of the paper, they drew the same scenario with the student handling the rejection with the comment they picked.

As students finished their stories, I taped them together, added another sheet in between each story with "The Next Week..." By the time we were done, we had our Handling Rejection Reel. To show our reel, I made a "flat screen tv" from a black folder. I cut out a square from the front of the folder and a notch from the folded portion for the paper to slide through. As the scene came up, I had the students narrate their story and positive way to handle rejection. The kids loved it!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

WOW! I'm honored!

Wow! I was honored to receive the PSSCA Elementary School Counselor of the Year award at our most recent conference in January, 2017. I have been a school counselor for 23, going on 24 years. Being recognized for all the things that I do is a great achievement, but it's the students' smiles and hugs that are the biggest reward. Every day I go to school to make a difference. I never know what my day will be like, but at the end of the day, I know that my students are different because I am there to help and support them. I believe there is no better job than to be a school counselor. I look forward to representing South Carolina as the nominee for ASCA's National School Counselor of the Year.

Monday, November 28, 2016

2 day Cyber Sale Nov 28-29

Now through Tuesday, November 29th at 11:59 p.m. ET, use promo code CYBER2016 at checkout to save up to 28% on every resource throughout the site. Stock up and save on the resources you need to continue the year strong.

Bonus!!!! For every dollar you spend at Creative Counseling Resources during the two day sale, you are entered 1 entry for a TPT $10 Gift Card! So spend $20, get 20 entries. Spend $50, get 50 entries. Winner will be announced Wednesday!
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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Creative Counseling Resources September Sale

Welcome back to school! Some of us have been back for weeks now and others may just be starting. So to make sure everyone has the opportunity to start the year off right, I am having a 3-day September sale. Everything in my store is 20% off J Stock up on Meet the Counselor lessons, small group and classroom guidance lessons, and more

Access the sale here at Creative Counseling Resources to help you get your year started!

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Creative Counseling Resources Best Year Ever TpT Sale

Admit it, you get excited about the new year too! And who doesn't like to freshen up their school counseling program with new materials and programs?

Teachers Pay Teachers is having an awesome sale to help us have the Best Year Ever! And I will be listing all of my Creative Counseling Resources' products for 20% off!

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Although the sale doesn't officially start until Monday, Aug. 1st, feel free to check out my products before the sale and make sure to wish list them to purchase on August 1st or 2nd at discounted prices!

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Secret "Pass" word for Testing is P.I.R.A.T.E.S. Shhhh!

Aye, I just can't get enough of me hearty pirates lately. Testing is on the horizon and I have created another version of my P.I.R.A.T.E.S. Test-Taking Strategies Smart Board lesson.
Gather ye crew and listen closely, because when I say pirates what I really be meanin' is remember these strategies! For our upcomin’ testin’, all ye need to remember is we are P.I.R.A.T.E.S.! And that pirates stands for what ye need to do while takin’ the test. We are goin’ to be talkin’ about each letter so ye know what to do.”
P – Prepare to Succeed:
Know what you will be tested on.
Dress comfortably.
Be on time.
Think positively
I – Inspect all Instructions:
If you do not understand the directions, ask the teacher to explain.
Look over the entire test so that there are no surprises and you’ll know how to budget your time.
 R – Read, Remember, and Reduce:
Read each question carefully.
Remember what you studied.
Reduce the answer choices by eliminating obvious wrong answers.
A – Answer or Abandon Questions:
Answer all the questions that you know the answers to first. 
Abandon those you are unsure of and come back to them later.
T – Turn Back and Answer All Questions:
If you skipped questions, go back.
Never leave questions unanswered.  
You always have a chance to get it correct if you make your best educated guess!
E – Eye it Again:
When in doubt make your best educated guess…
S – Stay Calm:
Take a few deep breaths to relax.
Unless you are positive, do not change your answer.
Remember: It’s OK not to know everything

Next we play Buccaneer Battle!
Divide the class into two teams. To win this game, students try to find the most pirates for their team by taking turns answering true/false questions correctly and then revealing (touching a square of the map on the Smart Board) to see what is hidden behind the square. Find a bomb and you get to move the other teams player to pirate jail. Find a key to free your own team pirates from jail! Watch the video below to see more of this lesson and game in action!


*There is no music on the lesson. I just added it to the video.

If you are interested in purchasing this lesson, you can visit my TPT store, here.

Yo Ho, Yo Ho, a pirate's life for me!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Calm the Standardized Testing Sea!

Ahoy there Mateys! Avast all ye pirates who are about to start the standardized testing mayhem! Are ye crew threatening mutiny? Are ye pirates threatening to make you walk the plank? Landlubbers and pirates alike will settle down when they learn some test-taking strategies.

I'm a huge pirate fan! I love to dress-up and talk like a pirate! A couple of years ago, I created a pirate themed classroom guidance lesson to get students prepared for standardized testing. I dressed up like a pirate, got the kids to sing along with me some testing cheers to the tunes of pirate songs, and shared tips and tricks to do well on the test. Standardized testing can create panic and fear, but your crew can be ready and have some fun too! Recently I updated my questions and created a pirate themed game to get my students onboard for standardized testing. Students navigate 25 questions about testing to collect doubloons for their team.

Directions to play the Pirate Treasure Challenge:
  • Divide the class into two teams
  • Take turns having one player from each team stand on the side of the Smart Board that represents their team
  • Read the question and all answers BEFORE students choose their team's answer
  • Students touch the answer on the side of the board for their team
  • The first team to get the question correct can add a doubloon to their treasure by sliding a coin down to their person
  • Go back to the question or forward to the next question by selecting the question number on the message in a bottle
  • As questions are answered, spend time discussing how this will help your students do well on the test. by playing this Smart Board game reviewing common test taking strategies.

Here is a video of the game. The music was added to the video, it's not on the game.

If you would like your crew to sail through testing on calm seas, you can purchase this Smart Board game,