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10 Quick Tips for Remembering Students' Names

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Once you start getting to know students, school counseling referrals will flow, connections will be made, and trust will be built. Relational capital is one of your most valuable currencies in this career and remembering names will cast huge strides for you. Here are 10 quick tips for remembering students' names! 

The Simple Way to Decide Who Does What in Your School Counseling Program

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Are you hoping I'm just going to tell you to play Rock, Paper, Scissors to decide who gets what responsibilities for the year in your school counseling program? Spoiler alert: that's not what this blog post is going to tell you though it is just as simple!

Even if you didn't have a  for your school counseling team before this school year started (did anyone have time for that this year?!), did you ever sit down and decide who was going to do what this year? How do you do this when you have a big team? When do you make time for this when you are a solo counselor? If you are solo, do you make a huge calendar for your year, so you're not blindsided by everything that's thrown your way?

5 Questions to Consider When Dividing Up School Counseling Caseloads

Here's the thing: there's no RIGHT or WRONG way to divide your school counseling caseload. You just have to figure out what works best for you, your students, and your school. 

Here are just a few examples of how you could split caseloads: grade level (each counselor always works with the same grade level each year); alphabetically by last name; ninth grade counselor the same every year and then alpha split for everyone else; stay with a class and roll with them through graduation; roll with a class through graduation and use an extra counselor to help with seniors; use an extra counselor as a "college and career counselor;" and so many more unique combinations of these!

Consider these 5 questions when dividing up student caseloads in the school setting: 

4 Practical Ways to Incorporate Digital Check Ins into Your School Counseling Setting

School counselors often ask me how to best utilize digital check ins or digital activities with their students. (Digital check ins are just one example of a way to lean into students' needs right now. Check out "3 Ways to Check In With Students Even When It's Tough" for some other examples of ways to pursue students when checking in is just plain tough.) 

Some schools use Google Drive; others use Schoology, Seesaw, and more. I, personally, am most familiar with Google Drive, and I allow my Counselor Clique resources to be shared on password protected platforms (like Google Classroom or even email... just not a public website.)

Digital check ins or digital activities are such a valuable way to stay connected to students when they're not in school full-time. I definitely see digital check ins being a resource that will only continue to add value to our school counseling programs even if/when we are to return to full-time learning in the school building. 

Here are FOUR ways to use digital check ins/digital activities into your school counseling setting:

3 Tips for Practicing Open Communication with Your Administrators

As a school counselor, we know how valuable a strong relationship with an administrator can be. This relationship can benefit a student, a caseload, or even an entire school. As you can see from my 3 tips for practicing open communication with your administrators, the keyword here is "TOGETHER."