Hooray! It's Part 3 of Ron Clark Week!
Do you want to learn more about the Ron Clark Academy? Check out the video on the right to see how the classrooms function.
I love developing a strong rapport with my students so that I can push them to do better both academically and behaviorally. We shouldn't settle for "pretty good," when we could have "super totally awesome!" Even when we get frustrated, it's important to remember that every child is worth the fight - the fight for their future!
I have received a lot of questions regarding what new school counselors need for their offices. Here are my Top 10 supplies for elementary school counselors, which expands upon this list that I made in July. I'm sure I missed some of your favorites, but like I always say, every building is different.
2. Portable Sandtray
1. School Puppet
In my school district, we have monthly core values. To help promote and teach these positive character traits, I create interactive bulletin boards, utilize my Students of Character Club, and conduct classroom-based counseling lessons.
Every month, I will host a contest open to all school counselors. The challenge is to submit a 30 min. lesson for a K-6 classroom (pick 1 grade) that focuses on the core value of the month.
This month's core value is...
I have received a lot of emails regarding documentation and school counseling planners. Renee Stack, one of my district's elementary school counselors, sent out a bunch of great forms that could definitely meet your needs.
Here's what I use...
More about how I document...
As school counselors, we see female students struggle with their self-esteem. Some girls even turn to unhealthy practices to "fix" the problems they see in themselves.
Dove's social mission is to help build positive self-esteem in women and girls everywhere. On their site, you can find 1:1 activities to help your female students explore options in art, music, technology, and more, all so they can reach their full potential. There is also a free PDF to help girls navigate digital drama, such as cyberbullying, de-friending, sexting, and mean tweeting.
While searching Dove's resources, I also found a number a powerful videos that could be useful with your students.
You can view all of my self-esteem videos here.
I recently received a catalog called "TREND for Kids PreK to Grade 9" and found a lot of great stuff! I wanted to show you some of the items I purchased; all were at a VERY reasonable price. Click here to visit TREND Enterprises.
For My Office
Poster and Behavior Charts (for small groups)
Posters for my Core Value Bulletin Board
On Thursday, August 16th, all 8 elementary school counselors in my district got together for a Pinterest Party! Each school counselor brought materials for at least one project. It was unbelievably fun and energizing! I thought I'd share some of the projects we made, with links to the actual Pinterest activities. Also, two of my brave colleagues agreed to explain a couple of their ideas on camera. Enjoy!
My name is Marissa Rex and I am a 1st Grade teacher and an elementary school counselor from Ohio. I hope you enjoy my site!