As elementary school counselors, we are often the only counselor in the building. It can be isolating and lonely at times. That is why joining professional organizations such as NMSCA and ASCA are so important for elementary school counselors. We need time to learn something new, regroup and be with other counselors who are also passionate about their profession! Look for upcoming professional development opportunities so you can connect with others. If you are in a small district, please reach out to neighboring schools and districts to get together and collaborate with one another.
I want to share a few of my favorite resources with you.
I like how realistic Trudy Ludwig's stories are. Trudy teaches assertiveness skills in her books along with other strategies for dealing with a bully. Children also learn that not everyone is nice. They don’t have to be friends with someone if they’re disrespectful and rude.I have used several of Trudy’s book along with the Steps to Respect curriculum in my classroom guidance lessons.Check out her website: http://www.trudyludwig.com/
Meet Marissa Rex, an awesome elementary counselor from Ohio! I have totally borrowed lessons from her website including the Lego Introduction Power Point to do at the beginning of the school year! It was a
fun lesson and it helped me set up my program for the whole year! She has classroom guidance lessons, small group lessons, school-wide programs and more. She is a true School Counselor Superhero!
If you need to justify a comprehensive guidance program to your principal and/or staff, check out the video on the Classy Counselor website: http://classycounselor.weebly.com/classroom.html
Aylssa has some other great resources on her website as well. Check it out!