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How to Add a Calendly Widget to Your Website in 8 Steps

Has your school counseling website transitioned to the new Google Sites yet? Seems like there's always a "new" Google Site to learn, but, once I got the hang out it, this one was super easy to use. (I assume that's why Google does it, right?)

Do you care about maximizing your time with all of the meetings you need to set up and get on your calendar? Put Calendly on your website!

How to Add a Remind Widget in 5 Easy Steps

I have a "widget" on my website to scroll through my Remind text messages. Remind has been one of the most useful daily tech tools I use. Since we loop with our caseload now, I've had the same students and parents for three years, and I have over 500 people subscribed to my Remind text messages for important announcements, signs ups, and links. I have been told countless times how helpful my Remind is to keep parents and students informed of announcements and opportunities. The widget on my website helps students and parents who need a visual on things they've missed all in one place. I think it's also helpful between counselors to remind each other what we're reminding students of (if that makes sense?)!

How to Use Quick Perception Data for Effective Career Programming: A Pre/Post Test

I created a pre/post test that could be used for a variety of career lessons:

  • career small groups 
  • classroom lessons: regular ed, special ed, freshman success, etc. 
  • career days, career fairs
  • individual counseling as students are needing some career direction

This would be considered your "perception data" for your small groups or lessons because it is a survey or assessment instrument. I love that this can be used with middle or high school students, and you can give the same test before and after you've done a lesson to see what they've learned! It aligns with the ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors Planning Tool, and you could incorporate it into any of your "already created" career lessons that you've got in your regular rotation! Pair it with my Career Building Blocks Game! 

Check out my listing on Teachers Pay Teachers HERE!

Why Tieks Flats Beat ALL Other Work Shoes

First things first: I am not being endorsed by Tieks shoes by any means (though I would welcome any signing bonuses, new pairs of shoes, or anything else they'd want to offer me). I just wanted to give an honest review for these shoes I've grown to love a lot!

As school counselors, we are on our feet a lot! It's normal to have a day where you hit your "step goal" by morning time. It's hard to find something comfortable yet lasting that will support your feet day in and day out!

How To Inspire a College Going Culture... with College Bingo

In our state, College Application Day is an initiative to promote the college-going culture and encourage students to complete college applications with the help of school counselors and admissions representatives. Though the day is centered around our seniors, our teachers buy in as they wear their alma mater's colors or a t-shirt from their school!

I used this activity on College Application Day as a way to involve the rest of the student body! Students could pick up a College Bingo sheet from a folder outside of our school counseling office. They spent their day collecting signatures/initials from teachers to obtain BINGO! in two directions. Once they did this, they returned their sheet to the school counseling office. It was one simple thing to add to our programming for the day. I even had an administrator participate and rave about how it helped her get to know teachers she wouldn't normally interact with!

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