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

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
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! My Career Building Blocks Game! now includes it's own pre/post test very similar to this. If you want to just use this on its own to accompany your lessons you've already created... check it out!


Why Tieks Flats Beat ALL Other Work Shoes

Monday, October 30, 2017
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

Monday, October 23, 2017
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!


How To Inspire a College Going Culture... with College Application Day Pennants

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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!


How To Start Your Semester Off Smoothly: A Schedule Change Flowchart

Monday, August 7, 2017
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.


16 Podcast Recs School Counselors Should Not Miss

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
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 a summer conference 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

Thursday, April 20, 2017
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:


How To Flip Your Parent and Student Meetings

Saturday, January 7, 2017
Each year, we sit down with all of the students on our caseload and have 15 minute meetings with each individual student and parent where we discuss post-secondary/graduation plans (college and career readiness) and course registration/planning. 

It takes me about a month and a half to get through these meetings with my 400+ students on my caseload. Now don't get me wrong... I LOVE getting to sit down and talk with students and parents one-on-one. It is very life giving. What is life draining, however, is saying the SAME thing 400 times plus.

This year I set out to be more efficient (the maximizer in me). I am trying a "flipped meeting" style video that I am asking parents and students to watch before we sit down. I want to answer more of  my families' specific questions; I want to hear myself talk less. I used Screen Cast-O-Matic which I wrote a blog post about HERE last Spring. I uploaded a 15 minute video to my YouTube channel and am asking parents and students to watch it before we sit down to have our meeting.