Thursday, September 18, 2014

College/Career Learning Space

It's starting with a tweet:
I don't know what kind of responses I'm going to get just yet.  The fact is, we've got some unused space in our building that I'd like to devote to college/career learning. For this year, at least, I'd like to make use of it especially for our 8th graders, since our Eastern Promise/Academic Momentum curriculum won't be reaching them.  I'm giving this one some serious thought over the next few days and weeks.

Saturday, August 30, 2014


I love this board, courtesy of a tweet by Franciene Sabens:
I'm beginning to introduce the word 'mindset' to our students even as I'm fully learning what that is myself.

Related reading that I'm taking on: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.   (This is not an affiliate link)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Start of School

Day 1 of my middle school counseling career is in the books. A few notes from the day and from our start up activities in general:

  • I really like the vibe here, the pace of life. This is going to be a great age group to work with.
  • I've learned move about scheduling in the last week than I ever thought possible. I've got more to get my brain wrapped around, though. 
  • Eastern Promise/Academic Momentum is going to become a reality at our school. We will have a culture of a college/career mindset. 
  • And speaking of mindsets, our district consultant, Dr. Rudy Cruz, is recommending this book about them
  • I was interested to see our counselor evaluation criteria, new to our district this year. In order for me to earn an 'exemplary' rating for goals, I have to have an advisory council made up of staff, students and parents (as well as other stakeholders) to help make those decisions.  I like that. It lends a lot of support toward the creation of such groups at the building level. I'm sure that will be a further topic on this blog. 
K, time to grab my coffee, head out the door and get ready for Day 2. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Colbie Caillat - Try

Good on Colbie for doing this. How about incorporating this into a Girls Circle group?

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Easily best tweet of #asca14

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

It Looks Like #FLOTUS Gets Us

Remarks by the First Lady to the American School Counselor Association Annual Conference -- Orlando, Florida | The White House

So here’s the thing, ASCA members -- whenever you get tired -- and I know that you do -- whenever you get frustrated or overwhelmed -- and I know that you do -- I want you to think about the extraordinary ripple effect of your work, because it’s real.  I want you to think about the impact you have not just on every child whose life you transform, but on the family that child will raise, on the business where that child will work, on the community that child will one day serve.  I want you to think about how long after those kids graduate your work lives on in their hearts and minds, and in the hearts and minds of everyone they touch.