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I interviewed Stephanie Moore, my friend and fellow school counselor, about her wonderful school-wide program. Vehicle Day is a way to help students learn about a variety of careers through the vehicles that the companies use.
To learn more about Vehicle Day and to download helpful documents, check out the official page
Day 2 of Pixar
Week has begun!
Before we look at the short film of the day, Burn-E
, I want to provide you with additional resources that help support its message.
Do you want to speak with your students about college? Check out Pixar
's Monsters University
website. It looks and feels like an actual university page, but with a cute Monster's Inc.
twist. It's perfect for elementary students!
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The short film of the day is about Burn-E, an adorable robot that makes spaceship repairs. One day, an exterior light breaks and Burn-E attempts to fix it - the only problem is that a series of unfortunate events make it difficult for this poor robot to do its job.
School counselors can use this movie to introduce careers and responsibilities. Also, it's a great way to talk about what you can and cannot control.
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Continue the can vs. can't control discussion using this activity
In case you haven't noticed, I love using video clips with my students. It's a fun way to grab their attention and transition into a lesson.
I just found one of the most adorable television shows ever...yes, EVER! Small Potatoes
is about four singing potatoes who travel the world making music and making friends. Each three-minute episode contains a song about a specific topic and audio clips of children reflecting on that topic.
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As described on the Small Potatoes
website, the show helps children to:
1. Develop an understanding of how to make friends.
2. Laugh and relax through humor.
3. Develop an appreciation of a variety of music.
4. Process their emotions through music.
You can create your own potato
through the Small Potatoes Facebook page
. Check out mine (left).
You may remember learning about my Career Cafe (right) last month. I spoke about my personality inventory called "The Color Quiz," which is how I organize my students into groups for our guest speakers.
I decided to create another video to focus specifically on the quiz to help explain how it works. For more information, go to this
classroom-based counseling link.
Also, this year, my colleagues took the survey during our staff meeting and then met as grade level teams to review the results in greater detail. It's been a fun, but educational way to look at how we function as a team.