10. Behavior Management
For classroom lessons, you need a way to manage student behaviors. It's hard being the "guest."
Movie clips are a great way to illustrate concepts.
Students use Play-Doh as a fidget while talking or as a way to show me how they are feeling.
4. Video Camera
Students love building with LEGOs. It's fun and I learn a lot about their thoughts and feelings.
I use books ALL the time to teach specific concepts.
3. Happy Cup and Sad Cup
This is great way to manage small group behaviors!
2. Portable Sandtray
Everyone should create a portable sandtray!
All of my students, including my moody, "too cool for school" 6th graders, love working with the sand. The best part is that I can take a picture of the final product; I give one copy to the student and keep one for myself. It's an easy way to help document my individual counseling sessions! Plus, my students love having a picture of their work.
1. School Puppet
Tim, my school puppet, is probably the best idea I've had since starting my school counseling career. Tim teaches students positive school behaviors, livens up school-wide programs, and is a wonderful incentive for students on behavior plans. He even helped with my 2012-2013 office tour!
To learn more about Tim, click here.