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Welcome to Today's Teaching Tips! In less time than it takes to listen to your favorite song on the radio, you'll hear no-nonsense tips and 'aha' moments you can immediately try out in your classroom today. These 2-3 minutes may just change the course of your entire day, and add a positive impact on how you teach for the rest of the year...no kidding!
 
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This month I’m focusing on sourcing topics based on the feedback you gave me on your goals for the year. I had one of you say that their goal was to run at least five counseling groups this spring semester. This is a wonderful goal and totally doable. So, I want to share a few organizational strategies when it comes to small groups. Specifically, t…
 
I recently put a poll out to find out what your counselor goals, or resolutions, are for 2022. I used your answers to plan for my podcast episodes for the month of January. One of the topics that came up a lot was creating an efficient schedule. We all know the feeling of creating a schedule and then experiencing all kinds of interruptions that com…
 
Happy 2022, school counselors! I hope you had a restful holiday break and are ready for what the next 12 months have in store for you! Do you enjoy this time of year, or not so much? I know people have mixed feelings about what comes with a new year, such as setting resolutions. Personally, I love setting goals and planning for what’s to come. Over…
 
What comes to mind when you hear “self-care”? We all know self-care is important, but what about self-care at work? There are actually ways to practice self-care at work that can make your life a little easier and relieve stress…and they have nothing to do with bubble baths and essential oils. In this episode, I’m sharing unexpected self-care tips …
 
Tracking and collecting data throughout the school year is a must. In this episode, I’m sharing how you can conduct a mid-year data checkup so you can continually make changes to your program to better serve your counseling students. Sending a needs assessment to students, parents, and teachers is a great way to see how things are going with your p…
 
What are some of your favorite memories from elementary school? It’s important for kids to have positive experiences around school and for our counseling students to have positive counseling experiences. Holiday parties are a great way to add some fun to counseling and build relationships with your counseling students. In this episode, we’re keepin…
 
Happy December! The countdown to winter break is on. I absolutely love this time of year. Everything is so fun and festive, especially at the elementary level. I’m always trying to think of ways that I can put a seasonal twist on counseling activities to keep your students (and you) engaged. At the same time, I always had the problem of “frequent f…
 
The first episode back after Thanksgiving break is the final episode of the Team Player Series, focused on students. I have spoken about how to collaborate with other stakeholders in the last few episodes and couldn’t possibly leave out the kids we work with day in and day out. The ideas I share are action items that can be done from the first sess…
 
All month I’ve been talking about how you can collaborate with your stakeholders, and this episode is dedicated to principals. Your administration can really dictate how your program runs, so this is a very important topic! Some principals can micromanage while others don’t want to be involved at all, hopefully your principal is somewhere in the mi…
 
For this week’s Team Player Series episode, I will share how to get parents on board. I’m sure each and every one of you listening right now has experienced backlash from a parent at some point in your career. If you’re like me, you probably realized if you had communicated more in the first place some of those situations never would have occurred.…
 
As we approach the holiday season I hope you take time to rest and reflect on how you feel about the first few months of school. I know some of you have probably felt really alone and isolated in your school building full of teachers. It’s just as bad, if not worse, if you have been getting push back from your class lessons or recommendations. Beli…
 
To wrap up one of my favorite months, I decided to do a seasonal episode in the spirit of Halloween! I’ll be sharing some fun activities you can do with those Halloween buckets you’ve probably gotten on Amazon or in the Dollar Store. I love providing you with low-cost and simple ideas and these are no different. If you’ve been a listener for a whil…
 
"The bigger picture is important with university education. Good grades at university are necessary to be able to bring you to the door of your preferred company, but once you start working you are going to need to be able to provide more than just knowledge. It’s about the right attitude, being able to keep up with changes, and going above and bey…
 
Have you ever taught a great lesson only to have your student forget everything the next time they walk through your door? Teaching students truly takes a village, so it only makes sense we take advantage of our resources. I’m talking about peers, teachers, custodians, and more! Think about it. When you explicitly teach a topic and then another sta…
 
Did you know that October is Bullying Prevention Month? It’s truly one of my favorite topics to discuss with my students. It is so important to work on those preventative measures and teach our students skills at a young age. The earlier you teach them about bullying, the more control you’ll have as they get older. There are so many different ways …
 
Can you believe it's already October?! What's more exciting is that we are celebrating ONE YEAR of this podcast, School Counseling Simplified! I wanted to do something special to celebrate this milestone, so this episode will be a bit different than the others. I've created a mash-up of the top 5 most popular episodes from the show! Be sure to stay…
 
Today is extra exciting because we have a veteran counselor on the show, Terry Foytek. Terry has been a school counselor for 25 years and is a student in my online course, Stress Free School Counseling. This goes to show that Stress Free School Counseling is not just for new counselors or for counselors with 3-5 years of experience. It’s for any sc…
 
If you have been considering joining my Stress Free School Counseling course, then this episode is for you. I don’t have guest episodes often, but I had to introduce you to one of my Stress Free School Counseling alumni, Kaylena. I hope any questions you have are answered after listening to her real-life testimonial! Like many of you, this is Kayle…
 
Do you constantly feel like you are putting out fires rather than preventing them? Or maybe you take work home regularly to catch up because of all the distractions throughout the day. In this episode I will give you a solution to these never-ending problems. It all starts with scheduling, and I don’t mean when you see specific students. I want you…
 
There are two things I suggest you focus on first and foremost as the school year begins. The first one is data collection, which I talked about during my last episode. The second is organization, which may not come so easy to school counselors. I feel like teachers tend to have this under control with their flair pens and post-its, but after this …
 
By now, you may know how much I LOVE data collection, and there’s a good reason for it! Collecting and sharing data is the best way to measure growth and advocate for your role as a school counselor. I know what you may be thinking right now - It’s only September. Why are we already talking about data? Here’s the thing, even if you’ve only just sta…
 
With a new year upon us, there are always changes that are made in the public schools. This can be new students, new staff or administration, a new school placement or even a new district. Not to mention new protocols or procedures that may impact the program that you intended on using. These inevitable changes are one of the many reasons that scho…
 
As the school year is upon us, I’m sure you’ve been busy preparing your lessons and materials. You’re probably ready for your individual, group, and classroom lessons or have at least thought about what you may want to try, or not try, for this new school year. But have you thought about what you can do from day one that may make the whole year see…
 
I’m sure I’m not the only one who was familiar with the ASCA National Model, but didn’t quite know what it meant to see it in action. Of course we all heard of what it meant in grad school, but like many other areas of our profession it is very different when you have to put it into practice with your own students. That’s why I will be walking you …
 
Whether you’re a new counselor or a veteran, when you think of MTSS you are likely picturing the pyramid that outlines the system previously referred to as Response to Intervention. It’s so important because it is the foundation that our program is based on. This evidence-based system may be approached by multiple positions in the school, but I’m g…
 
Back to school season is quickly approaching, or may already be here for many of you! When it comes to getting all your ducks in a row for a new school year, you could wing it, or you could make things a lot easier for yourself and have a curated plan. August is the perfect time to get organized while you have the time! One of the first things that…
 
I don’t know about you, but I have really loved this month’s Small Group Series! I am super passionate about this topic and hope you feel prepared for next school year after listening to these episodes. I can’t believe school will be starting soon, but it’s the perfect time to talk about something very important: small group curriculum. You may be …
 
For today’s “small group series” episode, I’ll be talking about how to organize your small group materials to incentivize attendance. I’m sure you're thinking that those two things don’t relate at all. I promise it will make more sense once you listen to my suggestions! I’m sure we can all agree that what works for one person doesn’t necessarily wo…
 
I’m excited to share this episode with you this week while I’m at the ASCA Conference! Make sure to come say hello if you see me! I’m also excited because this week I’ll be talking about small groups again. The students in these groups are the ones that need more than that in class lesson but aren’t in need of that individual session. So how do we …
 
As you begin to think about going back to school, it’s the perfect time to think about how to best establish small groups. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be doing a new deep dive series on small groups so that you can feel prepared to dive right into forming effective small groups! In the following episodes I’ll discuss using small group data, organ…
 
Today’s episode is a great one because you get a sneak peek into my new counselor bootcamp! Now if you’re not a new counselor, believe me you’ll still want to listen. Newbie or veteran, I’m always here to support my fellow counselors no matter which stage you’re in! This episode will help those of you in all different seasons of your counseling car…
 
I’m pretty sure every school counselor has a vision of how they want their office to be decorated. Whether it’s the organization or decorations, there is nothing quite like the moment you have your first job after graduating. That is why I was pretty surprised when I found out my first office was going to be shared with the school psychologist. The…
 
On today’s episode we have two special guests that are joining me after they’ve completed the Stress Free School Counseling course. They share the specific tools that transformed their counseling programs at their schools. If you have been at all curious of what the course entails, this episode will give you all that information! You’ll find that b…
 
I am SO excited to introduce you to the newest member of Bright Futures, Rebekah Murphy. I’m sure you’ll see Rebekah on social media and now that she’s a member of the team please say hello! Rebekah has been a school counselor in Kentucky for five years at the elementary level. She has a range of skills and it is easy to see that she is passionate …
 
One of the many reasons we become school counselors is to be able to provide support to students when they’re experiencing a crisis. We are often given the infamous walkie talkie in order to be prepared for those exact situations. It’s never long, however, until that crisis intervention begins interfering with the other duties we perform throughout…
 
This month I really focused on how to use scheduling, organization, and data collection to reach more students and advocate for your role. To end the month-long series, I’ll be sharing twelve strategies to increase your impact and get the recognition you deserve. As always, the simple changes I suggest will increase your efficacy and your time! I k…
 
The last two weeks I went over a scheduling tool and an organizational hack to introduce my month-long series on reaching more students and advocating for your role. This week I’ll be talking about data collection and really touching upon my end of the year report. This is a great opportunity to reflect on all of the services you’ve provided! Let’s…
 
Last week we started the month-long series on reaching more students than ever before and advocating for your role. For week two, we are talking about a simple yet effective organizational tool. I started using this just last year and I could pinch myself for not using it sooner. What is it you ask? A counseling log! This may seem pretty basic, but…
 
Over the next four weeks I’m going to be putting the “simple” into School Counseling Simplified. With the end of the school year approaching, I am not here to add something more to your plate. In fact, some of the strategies I will be referring to you’re probably already practicing. It’s just a matter of making small changes for big impact! This we…
 
As a wrap up of our month of individual sessions, today’s episode is about how to facilitate individual counseling sessions. These sessions used to be intimidating to me compared to group sessions and classroom lessons. That’s why I created a plan which has allowed me to love individual sessions. I’m not sure about you, but I feel much more confide…
 
Let me ask you this, do you have time to reinvent the wheel? If you’re a school counselor listening to this episode I can almost guarantee you do not! That’s why I’ve created these data collection strategies that can be used across the board. Last month I talked about collecting data in small group sessions and this episode will provide some overla…
 
Last week, I talked about how to get started with individual counseling sessions. This week we’re looking at how to collaborate with parents and teachers to best support your individual students. It’s important to remember that you only see your individual students for a small portion of time, the teachers see the student for another portion of tim…
 
Happy April! Over the past couple months I’ve shared information on classroom lessons (tier 1) and small groups (tier 2). This month we are starting a new series all about individual counseling. Individual counseling sessions are created for tier 3 students. These are the students who need additional intervention and would benefit from a one-on-one…
 
Show Notes and Links In today's episode, I have a special guest on! I interview Richard Capriola about adolescent substance abuse and his new book, The Addicted Child. Join my school counselor membership IMPACT here! https://helptheaddictedchild.com/ Get the book here. Connect with Rachel on social media: TpT Store Blog Instagram Facebook Page Face…
 
Show Notes and Links In today's episode I do a complete walkthrough of a mock small group. I show you step-by-step how to facilitate a group counseling session. Join my school counselor membership IMPACT here! Watch me facilitate a mock small group on YouTube! Connect with Rachel on social media: TpT Store Blog Instagram Facebook Page Facebook Grou…
 
Show Notes and Links In today's episode I share 2 strategies for collecting data in small group counseling. Join my school counselor membership IMPACT here! Self-Assessments Behavior Progress Monitoring Forms Connect with Rachel on social media: TpT Store Blog Instagram Facebook Page Facebook Group Pinterest Youtube If you are enjoying School Couns…
 
Show Notes and Links In today's episode, I share the 5 components of an engaging small group. >>> Download your free group session here! Free Resource Library - Feelings Check and Confidentiality Poster Connect with Rachel on social media: TpT Store Blog Instagram Facebook Page Facebook Group Pinterest Youtube If you are enjoying School Counseling …
 
Show Notes and Links In today's episode, I share how to start a small group including how to use a referral-based system and schedule sessions. >>> Download your FREE small group session with video guide HERE! Permission Slip freebie Elementary School Counselor Exchange FB Group Connect with Rachel on social media: TpT Store Blog Instagram Facebook…
 
Show Notes and Links In today's episode, I share 3 tech tools to help teachers sign up for class lessons; saving your time and sanity! Calendly Stress Free School Counseling Freebie Connect with Rachel on social media: TpT Store Blog Instagram Facebook Page Facebook Group Pinterest Youtube If you are enjoying School Counseling Simplified please sub…
 
Show Notes and Links In today's episode, I share 4 steps for choosing your class lesson topics. Needs Assessment Guidance Lessons Workshop Connect with Rachel on social media: TpT Store Blog Instagram Facebook Page Facebook Group Pinterest Youtube If you are enjoying School Counseling Simplified please subscribe and leave us a review on iTunes!…
 
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