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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!

I let students who returned the sheet correctly pick out of my college swag box-- you know that box of stuff you have with free stuff from colleges that you never know what to do with it all (pens, koozies, stress balls, drawstring backpacks, water bottles...).

You could play with middle schoolers, high schoolers, or even as an ice breaker with faculty.

Check out my product listing on Teachers Pay Teachers HERE!

If you're planning an entire College Application Day this year, be sure to check out my previous blog post and TPT listing for the College Application Pennant to make a great bulletin board!

College Application Day Pennants

I made these "college pennants" for our College Application Day! This is a school wide celebration to promote a college-going culture. 

Our seniors can sign up for 45 minute time slots throughout the day to come fill out applications, have fees waived to colleges, and get help from school counselors and college representatives. 

When they finished, they took an exit survey and filled in/colored a pennant. We hung these on a bulletin board. It will be fun to celebrate with them when they get IN to schools, but it's also exciting to celebrate on the front end as they APPLY to schools. For some students and their parents, they never thought they'd see this day!

All in all, I use this downloadable PDF: 
- College Application Day at your school
- a bulletin board to celebrate college applications
- an exit ticket for your College Application Day
- data collection for who applied where

Schedule Change Flowchart

As the beginning of the year approaches, we all know what takes up so much of our time as high school counselors... SCHEDULE CHANGES.

How many different ways can you say it?
Don't you wish you could filter some of these schedule change requests before they get to you?
Just point to a sign and say READ THIS FIRST?!

Now you can.

Top Podcast Recs for School Counselors

School is winding down, maybe you have a bit of free time? (I know-- how DARE I say that!) Between fine tuning your students' schedules, take some time to dive into a good podcast/TED talk. Maybe you're traveling to the #ASCA17 conference in Denver and need some entertainment in your earbuds. I'm sure some will tug at your heart strings as school counselors. Here are a couple of my all time favorites to get you started.

5 Things You Need to Know Before Applying for RAMP

The news is out!
Our school is officially a RAMP (Recognized ASCA Model Program) school, and it feels SO good!

In my opinion, here are 5 Things You Need to Know Before Applying for RAMP:

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