Saturday, August 26, 2017

I.B. Caught Showing Learner Profile Attributes!

This year we are updating our Student Recognition Program. On the end of year survey last year, we received a request to recognize more students. Since we are an IB candidate school, we decided to highlight more students who use the IB Learner Profiles. I was able to use Google Forms to create a form for each month's emphasis. Teacher's submit 2-3 names each month. In the younger grades, the teacher usually selects the students, but in the older grades, the classes usually vote.

Each month those students selected get to go on the news show to receive their certificate and shake the Principal's hand. Since we are going to be recognizing more students than we have in the past, we are going to have to recognize K-2 students on Tuesdays and 3-5 students on Thursdays.

 In addition to the big monthly recognition, I have created "Caught" cards for all of our staff to catch students exhibiting our IB Learner Profile traits. If a student receives a "caught" card, they can enter it into the monthly drawing to attend a snow cone party.

I am really excited about this added recognition because it will give students who may not normally get recognized an opportunity to shine! But this will be a HUGE undertaking in my school. We have 700 students and I want to make enough cards for each child to get recognized at least once during the year for each Learner Profile. That's right folks! And if you are doing the math...10 Learner Profile cards for each student...that's 7000 cards to print and cut!!! Needless to say, I have enlisted the help of some awesome parent volunteers:)

If you like this idea and do not want to do the work of creating your own cards, you can purchase a set of my I.B Caught Using Learner Profile Attributes Cards here for $5.00

Monday, August 21, 2017

Surviving being a New Student

It's a new year and I have over 50 new students to my school! That's not including the Kindergartners. I wanted to welcome my students and help them remember who I am and what I do. I love to give students something to keep, but with so many new students, I had to go cheap. So I created New Student Survival Kits.

They are a perfect little gift that you can give your new students when meeting them for the first time. I printed a list of items that i was going to place in the Survival Kit. I made sure to include a description of why I put that item in the kit.

I placed the list in a zip-lock bag along with the items. The best part of this...I was able to purchase all items including the bags for $14 at the Dollar Tree to make 50 bags.

My kids enjoyed these so much, I decided to put them on my TPT site. If you are interested in printing these, you can purchase my New Student Survival Kit here for $2. There are 4 Kit Lists to the page. Enjoy meeting new students, talking to them about your role as a school counselor and how you can help!!!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Escape Room Excitement

This year for our Back to School School Counseling Program overview for the teachers, I created a Virtual Escape Room. I had three goals behind this fun...
1) I needed to review our program with the teachers,
2) I wanted them to learn where to find answers to their burning questions about the school-wide programs we run, and
3) I wanted it to be fun and not just another thing to do instead of being in their classroom getting ready for their new students.

 So I created a Google form with 10 questions about our program. I gave them this back story... “Evil villains have taken over your school. All you superheroes have been exiled to the Principal's office. As a superhero, you know that you have super speed and super strength, but that will not be enough to help you escape the challenging puzzles in the evil villains' plot! You have 15 minutes to free yourselves by answering 10 riddles to save the day. Can you escape before the tardy bell rings? Once you have submitted your answers, select “view your score.” For every answer you get correct, there will be a letter to put in the final secret code to escape. If you do not get all the answers correct, e“x”it out of the score report and select “edit your response.” Resubmit with the correct answers to find out the letters needed to escape.” They had to look for the answers on the Google Team Drive. Once they were through, they had to look at their score. Each question with a correct answer gave them a letter to fill in and complete the final clue to escape.

The teachers were very competitive. We gave the first team of teachers to finish a bucket of school supplies. They learned a lot about our program  too!

Since this was such a hit, I have decided to use it with my students. Of course, I will edit the questions, but I can use this for ANY lesson as a pre or post assessment. 

I also placed this fun activity on my TPT.  If you are interested in purchasing the the Superhero Virtual Escape Room, you can find it here! I also added 12 superhero template power point slides to teach the lesson first before trying to escape the Virtual Escape Room. Remember, it is completely editable so it can be used by any teacher for any subject :)