Wednesday, October 14, 2015

YouthLight Book Review: The Legend of The Regulators and The Secret List: The Keys to Learning Self-Regulation


The concept of self-regulation has to do with the mindful, intentional, and thoughtful behaviors of children. It also refers to the capacity to control one’s impulses, both to stop or start doing something (behavior, emotion, thought).   
At first, I was a bit concerned about where the story in this book was going. The concepts are also explained in a manner that may be a little advanced for all elementary students and you may find greater success with late elementary or 6th grade. What I like about this book is that it is a bit interactive. Younger students can find clues within the illustrations (which I found myself doing) and practice auditory skills by making a sound when they hear a certain word repeated throughout the story. However, it is a very long book for an elementary classroom lesson. It is nearly 40 pages in length. So perhaps, it is a story that could be shared with a student individually; in addition to creating a classroom lesson from it...which definitely needs to be taught over a few lessons. On another note, it could easily be made into a great small group, for it has discussion questions, activities, and a chart of how to understand and teach self-regulation. Finally, if you have a annual theme or skill you teach your students for the year, then this book could definitely be used for that. 

If you are unsure of what self-regulation is, it is a great tool to teach children. The skills they can learn from this way of being can assist them for the rest of their adult lives and create enriching experiences. To find out more, please visit the author's website Self Regulation Station.


It truly is an extraordinary topic!


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Sunday, October 11, 2015

YouthLight Book Review: Squirmy:Learning to Be Mindful


When I was working on my PhD in counseling, the professors would talk to us about learning how to be fully present. I totally understood that concept as it related to working with clients and students; as well as other facets of my life. Soon after graduation, mindfulness was all the rage. It was everywhere. And everyone had a spin on it. I soon tuned it out. Then I started hearing about yoga for students/children...then, mindfulness for children. I was not sold. HOWEVER, this book helped me to understand how mindfulness or being fully present, can work for children. It's a great story of a little caterpillar who cannot wait to be a butterfly. She wants to be one so bad, she forgets to enjoy the here and now. The author does a great job of simplifying what can be a complex subject. It's an awesome resource for early elementary grades; for the print, pages and illustrations are large and sure to help those children who need a little assistance with awareness or noticing and appreciating their surroundings. It is a wee bit long, so you may need to break it up over two lessons if you are short on classroom lesson time or your audience's attention spans are short.

It's an extraordinary lesson!







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Saturday, August 29, 2015

High School: Be More Ready Than Not: A Post for Teen Life Media


We all know that high school is very different from middle school. Being a 9th grader can be a stepping stone to a wonderful high school experience. Let's make sure that all freshman are successful as they enter their next rite of passage! High School: Be More Ready Than Not

Back in September 2014 I created a blog post about Teen Life and their free magazines for secondary school counselors. I love their site, FB page and tweets. They provide a plethora of information for tweens and teens and their parents. I am honored to be a guest blogger for Teen Life Media.

Teen Life provides the web's most comprehensive directory of STEM, gap year, pre-college, overnight summer and community service programs for students in grades 7-12. (taken from website)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

New School? Here are 6 Things to Remember: Post for Teen Life Media



Know someone who is moving to a new this fall? Here are some essential tips to help them make the most of their transition. New School? 6 Things to Remember

Back in September 2014 I created a blog post about Teen Life and their free magazines for secondary school counselors. I love their site, FB page and tweets. They provide a plethora of information for tweens and teens and their parents. I am honored to be a guest blogger for Teen Life Media.

Teen Life provides the web's most comprehensive directory of STEM, gap year, pre-college, overnight summer and community service programs for students in grades 7-12. (taken from website)

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Youth Light Book Review: StarBound: A Journey to Leadership Development, Empowerment and Drama Reduction for Girls




I'm going to be completely honest. I have worked at every level and as a school counselor there are two areas I am not particularly found of, nor strong in...that is middle school counseling and small groups. Been there. Done that. Couldn't wait to leave. Give me high and elementary schools, classroom lessons and individual counseling ALL DAY LONG! LOL! HOWEVER...had this book been around...back then...I might have liked both way more than I do now!

This book is so easy to understand. The steps are easy to replicate. The book comes with everything you need start the group...forms, charts, slips, surveys, quotes, activities and lessons to assist your female students in grades 3 - 9 in 'reaching for the stars". Moreover, everything you need is on the CD that is included. You literally do not have to do anything, but follow what is provided. I love it. I think it is great for those group phobic school counselors...to the brand newbies who have never ran a small group...to the seasoned veterans, who can run groups with their eyes closed. What I like most is that even though Carol Miller has given you all the tools you need, it is set up so that no two groups will ever be the same. Your students should enjoy the activities for they help to create self-awareness and boost meta-cognition. These are great byproducts of empowerment. 

Hats off to Carol. I don't know how she does it. I thought I lived and breathed school counseling, but she's got me beat! This truly is a great resource.



Enjoy!




 

Tracy is a School Counseling Coordinator with a PhD in counseling, National Certified Counselor (NCC), National Certified School Counselor (NCSC), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), Distance Certified Counselor (DCC), Educational and Vocational Guidance Practitioner (EVGP), blogger at The Extraordinary School Counselor, a place where one can find information and resources for today's school counselor...with an occasional rant thrown in the mix!, and Extraordinary School Counseling, LLC which provides resume reviews for school counseling graduate students and school counseling professionals.

You can find Tracy on LinkedInGoogle+, and Twitter






Monday, August 17, 2015

Youth Light Book Review: Why Do I Hurt Myself?


 


Why Do I Hurt Myself is a vital book to add to any school counselor's book collection. With self-injuring starting as early as 4th and 5th grade, this book is a great resource to open cathartic dialogue with students who are in pain. This book's intended audience are grades 4 - 6 and should be read with or to them by a school counselor and/or nurse. It may assist in helping the student understand why they are participating in self-harming behavior.  I personally have Susan Bowman's other book, See My Pain and find it extremely helpful when working with students. 

Again this book is a great addition to the elementary school counselor's collection.


Why Do I Hurt Myself?



Tracy is a School Counseling Coordinator with a PhD in counseling, National Certified Counselor (NCC), National Certified School Counselor (NCSC), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), Distance Certified Counselor (DCC), Educational and Vocational Guidance Practitioner (EVGP), blogger at The Extraordinary School Counselor, a place where one can find information and resources for today's school counselor...with an occasional rant thrown in the mix!, and Extraordinary School Counseling, LLC which provides resume reviews for school counseling graduate students and school counseling professionals.

You can find Tracy on LinkedInGoogle+, and Twitter




Tuesday, August 4, 2015

THERE ARE STILL SCHOOL COUNSELING JOBS OUT THERE!!!!

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I know there are those of you out there in blog land who are still looking for school counselor jobs. I have found three more sites since I last posted the list in May! I have perused all the sites in the past two days and THERE ARE STILL JOBS OUT THERE!!! The reality is you may have to move or take a long-term sub job until a permanent one comes up. For those of you who have no contract right now (meaning...you do not currently work for another school district/division), you have the BEST shot at obtaining a job.

Here are the sites. I know there are school counseling positions available. It's up to you to decide how badly you want one!

K12jobs.com
USREAP.net
USAjobs.gov
Topschooljobs.org
Schoolspring.com
Monster.com


Good Luck!




Tracy is a School Counseling Coordinator, National Certified Counselor (NCC), National Certified School Counselor (NCSC), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), Distance Certified Counselor (DCC), Educational and Vocational Guidance Practitioner (EVGP). She has a PhD in Counseling and is a blogger at The Extraordinary School Counselor, a place where one can find information and resources for today's school counselor...with an occasional rant thrown in the mix!, and Extraordinary School Counseling, LLC which also provides resume reviews for school counseling graduate students and school counseling professionals.

You can find Tracy on email, LinkedIn, Google+, and Twitter

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Youth Light, Inc. Book Review: How To Create a College Day and Other College Readiness Activities



I was so excited when I was sent this book to review! Can you say LOVE?? How many ways can I say LOVE??? I LOVE this book! I was also kinda mad, that I didn't create this! LOL! Since I have been fortunate to work at all school levels, I know the importance of vertical teaming.  This book hits the nail on the head and exposes students in grades 3 - 8 to college information, giving them a SUPER HUGE foundation on which to build for high school college and career readiness.  I LOVE that the book sets the tone for what a college day "looks like". I LOVE how the book is laid out. It is so easy to understand, replicate, implement, etc. I LOVE that the college day speakers are supposed to be everyday people and not admission reps from colleges.  I LOVE that the book comes with a CD to download all the resources. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the bulletin board ideas and wish I was back in a school and not in central office, so I could re-create them!

How To Create a College Day


Enjoy!


 Tracy is a School Counseling Coordinator with a PhD in counseling, National Certified Counselor (NCC), National Certified School Counselor (NCSC), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), Distance Certified Counselor (DCC), Educational and Vocational Guidance Practitioner (EVGP), blogger at The Extraordinary School Counselor, a place where one can find information and resources for today's school counselor...with an occasional rant thrown in the mix!, andExtraordinary School Counseling, LLC which provides resume reviews for school counseling graduate students and school counseling professionals.

You can find Tracy on LinkedInGoogle+, and Twitter

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Youth Light, Inc. Book Review: First Steps to Social Success: Teaching Children Critical Social Skiils



There are a lot of social skills books on the market today. So what makes this one different? Simplicity. Some of the best features of this book are it's ease of implementation and being easy to understand. This is a great book for newer school counselors or school counselors, who need to infuse a social skills program into their existing comprehensive school counseling program and have never done so before. Also, what makes this book great for students is that it allows you to either follow the program exactly as it was written or it can be easily modified if you need more or have less time to work with students; without losing its effectiveness. Lastly, it comes with a CD of reproducibles and lesson plans...which saves time for already busy school counselors!


First Steps to Social Success


Enjoy!


Tracy is a School Counseling Coordinator with a PhD in counseling, National Certified Counselor (NCC), National Certified School Counselor (NCSC), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), Distance Certified Counselor (DCC), Educational and Vocational Guidance Practitioner (EVGP), blogger at The Extraordinary School Counselor, a place where one can find information and resources for today's school counselor...with an occasional rant thrown in the mix!, andExtraordinary School Counseling, LLC which provides resume reviews for school counseling graduate students and school counseling professionals.

You can find Tracy on LinkedInGoogle+, and Twitter

Friday, July 10, 2015

Free Professional Development



It's summertime!!!!! Most school counselors have about 3 - 7 weeks left of vacation. If you are a planner, then you are thinking of what types of professional development you can complete during the summer or for the upcoming school year that will enhance your skills and meet your school district's/division's requirements. I love professional development! I love teaching it. I love participating in it. I love finding it! Lately, I have come to love webinars. Why? Because you can watch them at your leisure...be it on the beach, after the kids go to sleep, on the deck with a glass of wine or while traveling on the plane or train. While most live webinars provide a certificate after completion; most recorded webinars do not. So you may want to ask your school division or principal if you can write a 300 - 500 word summary on the webinar as proof that you participated in the activity. 

Nonetheless, you will want to take advantage of these FREE professional development opportunities...whenever and wherever you can!

Free Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum Training
(They have an elementary, middle and high school level)

Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute
(If you sign up for their emails, they will send you a free webinar every month with a certificate)

Suicide Prevention Resource Center
(After watching these videos, you can apply for CE credits)

National Federation of State High School Associations
(They have great free and pay webinars)

S.A.F.E. Alternatives
(Although this is for parents, school counselors can learn a lot as well)

GLSEN Education Webinars
(Be sure to click the link for the free research webinars, too)

Darkness to Light
(Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training Online - $10)

National Center for Homeless Education
(Great videos on how to assist our homeless students)

Also, all of the counseling related organizations offer live and recorded webinars. Some are free for members or have a nominal fee. Non-members can watch for a cost. ASCA, CollegeBoard, ACA, ACT, NACAC and CSI have live and recorded webinars that can serve the professional development needs of school counselors.  Moreover, all of your school counseling organizations have annual conferences and some offer trainings throughout the year that can quench the thirst you may have for PD.

Today, one should NEVER have an excuse regarding the lack of professional development opportunities afforded to them.  If you employer cannot provide them for you, there is no reason you should not be able to provide them for yourself. Just be extraordinary! 

Enjoy!




 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

AAPC Publishing Book Review: Growing Together Across the Autism Spectrum: A Kid's Guide to Living With, Learning From, and Loving a Parent with Autism Spectrum Disorder




AAPC Publishing reached out to me to review a couple of their books. AAPC provides books and products focusing on the Autism Spectrum and related disorders. I read both on the plane on the way to the ASCA Conference.  I really liked this book for a few reasons. The first, is because I personally know an adult on the Spectrum and this book helped me to understand this individual better and because of that, I know that if it can help me feel better about my relationship with another adult with ASD, then I know it can help children as well (my #2 reason). 

This book helps children to really be introspective and self-aware, which I find amazing in itself. The book tells a story of a little boy and his father. His mother and father help our main character understand the characteristics of ASD and why the father exhibits certain behaviors at times. So, when certain situations occur in the story, there are little "sticky notes" on the pages that ask the reader if the same thing has ever happened to them. What a great way to build higher level thinking skills amongst children and make them feel inclusive.

I highly recommend this book. It's just awesome!

Enjoy!



AAPC Publishing 



Tracy is a School Counseling Coordinator with a PhD in counseling, National Certified Counselor (NCC), National Certified School Counselor (NCSC), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), Distance Certified Counselor (DCC), Educational and Vocational Guidance Practitioner (EVGP), blogger at The Extraordinary School Counselor, a place where one can find information and resources for today's school counselor...with an occasional rant thrown in the mix!, andExtraordinary School Counseling, LLC which provides resume reviews for school counseling graduate students and school counseling professionals.

You can find Tracy on LinkedInGoogle+, and Twitter


Sunday, June 28, 2015

AAPC Publishing Book Review: The Secret Rules of Social Networking







AAPC Publishing reached out to me to review a couple of their books. AAPC provides books and products focusing on the Autism Spectrum and related disorders. I read both on the plane on the way to the ASCA Conference.  I can honestly say, I really liked this book for it truly "teaches" students who fall on the spectrum about social interaction and relationships when using social media. This book outlined the unstated rules at that can occur and could possibly bring about anxiety and other stressors. The book is broken down into chapters that are easy to read and understand. What I really like the most is that the authors addressed romantic relationships over the Internet and on social media. They want adolescents to understand that people may not be who they appear to be on these social networking sites. They also discuss how one could be committing a crime on social media based on...sexting, stalking, slander, etc.

This book is a great read and the authors did a superb job informing and educating today's youth.

AAPC Publishing 

Enjoy!


Tracy is a School Counseling Coordinator with a PhD in counseling, National Certified Counselor (NCC), National Certified School Counselor (NCSC), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), Distance Certified Counselor (DCC), Educational and Vocational Guidance Practitioner (EVGP), blogger at The Extraordinary School Counselor, a place where one can find information and resources for today's school counselor...with an occasional rant thrown in the mix!, andExtraordinary School Counseling, LLC which provides resume reviews for school counseling graduate students and school counseling professionals.

You can find Tracy on LinkedInGoogle+, and Twitter

Friday, June 26, 2015

Acing the Undergrad: Web-Series to Teach Students College Success



Last week a friend forwarded me an email about two college graduates who recently wrote a book, created a mentoring program and a web-series that teaches aspiring and current college students the ten principles of being successful and graduating on-time and/or with honors.

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Acing The Undergrad: The Show is a ten episode web-series that can be used as a free resource in classrooms to teach students how to be successful in college. The show follows Jared, an average college freshman, through his journey and transformation into becoming a student of excellence. In the show, Jared learns ten college fundamentals that must be mastered in order to become a productive college student. 

These authors also can be booked for motivational public speaking engagements and you can follow them on twitter.

Acing the Undergrad 

Enjoy!