Gingerbread Play Dough Mindfulness Exercise

I don't know about you, but I always feel like the time before Christmas break is so chaotic. Kids are excited, and teachers are exhausted. Everyone just needs to refocus and embrace the calm! That's why I love doing a mindfulness exercise during classroom guidance lessons around the holidays! Mindfulness Exercise I am always blown … Continue reading Gingerbread Play Dough Mindfulness Exercise

Watercolor Secret Message: Small Group Counseling Activity

Small group counseling activity: students write secret messages to group members as encouragement or termination activity!

I'm always looking for new, hands-on activities to use with small groups. After using my watercolor affirmation activity, I got the idea for a secret message small group counseling activity. In past girls' groups or kindness clubs, I've had students write encouraging messages to group members or peers in the school that are always fun … Continue reading Watercolor Secret Message: Small Group Counseling Activity

Watercolor Affirmations Activity for Group Counseling

watercolor affirmations art activity for school counseling classroom guidance lessons or small group counseling

Last week, I shared a post about making scratch art affirmations in small group counseling activities. These can be so powerful for students as they realize their strengths and positive qualities and see them shine through the dark paint on the paper. This week I wanted to share a similar activity using watercolor paints and … Continue reading Watercolor Affirmations Activity for Group Counseling

5 Awesome Ways to Use Google in School Counseling Series

5 ways to use google apps in school counseling: sorting activities, check in/check out, behavior modification, social skills, emotion identification and more! -counselor keri

If you follow me over on {TeachersPayTeachers,} you already know that I LOVE Google activities. Google Slides, Google Forms, and other programs present fun, hands-on ways to get students engaged in school counseling activities using 1:1 technology or digital projectors like SmartBoards. I know so many classroom teachers who are excelling in this area, and … Continue reading 5 Awesome Ways to Use Google in School Counseling Series

Self Control Activity: Don’t Tap the Balloon

I'm hearing from counselor upon counselor {from my email group} that self control is one of the major skill deficits they see in their students. I wanted to share with you two of my favorite activities to do in classroom guidance lessons or in small group counseling to practice exercising self control! All you'll need … Continue reading Self Control Activity: Don’t Tap the Balloon

Fall School Counseling Classroom Guidance Lesson

Are you looking for a last-minute Halloween classroom guidance lesson or a way to use those leftover pumpkins after Halloween? I painted my pumpkin like a pineapple and carved my pineapple like a pumpkin for a quick school counseling lesson that packs a punch. Gather your pumpkins and art supplies to encourage your students to … Continue reading Fall School Counseling Classroom Guidance Lesson

Social Skill Practice with Google Slides Activities

Use Google Slides activities to teach and practice conversational social skills in your school counseling program with individuals or small groups

This is the last post in the series on using Google Apps in your School Counseling program! Last week we talked about using {Google Apps for polling or voting activities,} and this week we'll look at a simple way to address social skills. I'll show you a fun way to get students thinking about appropriate … Continue reading Social Skill Practice with Google Slides Activities