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Welcome to Today's Teaching Tips! In less time than it takes to listen to your favorite song on the radio, you'll hear no-nonsense tips and 'aha' moments you can immediately try out in your classroom today. These 2-3 minutes may just change the course of your entire day, and add a positive impact on how you teach for the rest of the year...no kidding!
 
Epsom International School's latest podcast & web series to get real life engagement injected directly every week into your learning. We believe learning is limitless and formless. Epsom's Never Stop Learning series aims to bridge an important gap with learning as a student while being able to engage with industry leaders on a weekly basis to be able to get a good understanding of the challenges, and opportunities that exist in different job spheres. Season one of this series is led by Matth ...
 
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How am I supposed to find time to plan and teach classroom lessons on top of individual and small group lessons? Have you asked yourself this question before? Doing it ALL can be overwhelming! But the good news is that there are ways to make it all less stressful. In today’s episode, we are doing a deep dive on classroom counseling lessons. We are …
 
We all want to use the summer to spend time with our family and friends, rest, and prepare for the upcoming school year. I know that preparing for the school year is so important and I love giving you tips to help make the school year easier, but today, we are focusing on taking time for self-care this summer. So many people talk about the importan…
 
Have you ever gotten to the end of the school year and panicked because you don’t have enough data for your reports? Today we are doing a deep dive into data collection sources! Don’t worry, these are likely things you are already doing in some way that you can adjust to use for data collection! In this episode, I am giving you an inside look at on…
 
Are you looking for a way to incorporate journaling into your classroom and group activities or give your current journaling practices a revamp but aren’t sure what that could look like? We are diving into all things journaling today! I have a special guest who is here to share some of her great tips and insight on journaling. Megan Polk of The Lit…
 
Everybody loves tips and tricks for making classroom management easier, especially when you’re working with a range of grades. Kindergarten classrooms are a completely different world than upper elementary classrooms. Oftentimes, these students are in a formal school setting for the first time. This brings unique challenges to specialists, like sch…
 
Data is a powerful tool. The more data we can collect on our counseling programs, the more effective our programs will be and the more students we will be able to serve and impact. All month, I’ve been sharing my favorite data tools that I’ve found super helpful in my own program, and I’ve been joined by guests who have shared how they have used th…
 
Clarity brings purpose. A lot of times people don’t really know what a school counselor does, and there’s a lot of confusion around the role of the counselor. The more clear we can be about who we are, what we offer, and how we help students, the more purposeful our school counseling programs can be. One of the ways we bring clarity to our role is …
 
Attendance is important. You may be surprised to learn that even a small number of days missed can put students at risk of struggling academically. Even though we know it’s important, sometimes it can feel like we’re fighting an uphill battle when it comes to improving attendance for students who struggle. Beyond offering incentives, what more can …
 
What if you had a simple, easy-to-use data tool that would help you make improvements to your program and give you a visual display you can show to your administrators and teachers so they can actually see the impact your program is having because of the work you do? This month, we are talking about data tools, and I have a special guest with me to…
 
Data collection is key to making improvements to your counseling program and advocating for your role. This month on the podcast we’re talking about data tools that I love to use. Today, we’re kicking it off with one of my all-time favorites, the behavior surveys. Joining us for this episode is a special guest, Jessica Weinberg. Jessica is a member…
 
All month we’ve been talking about the interview process. First, I shared my own interview experience as a school counselor in episode 85. In episode 86, Lauren Tingle joined me to talk through questions and we did a mock interview. Last week, in episode 87, we learned about resume must-haves from Carol Miller, the go-to resume person for school co…
 
Today, I interview the go-to resume person, Carol Miller. This episode is full of advice and wisdom from someone who knows exactly what school districts look for when they are going through resumes. According to Carol, only 1-2% of resumes she has seen are what would be considered “quality” resumes. Most of the resumes she sees are “really, really …
 
If you’re a recent graduate who is looking for your first school counseling job or if you’re an experienced counselor who is looking for a new job and you need to brush up on your interview skills, this episode is for you! Today I am joined by guest, Lauren Tingle. Together, we go over some of the common questions you may encounter in an interview …
 
Are you looking for a school counseling job? Whether you’re getting ready to graduate and trying to land your very first school counseling position or you’re a seasoned counselor who is looking for a new position, interviewing can be stressful. This episode comes straight out of my Stress Free School Counseling Bootcamp program. It’s totally FREE t…
 
Spring is finally here, and we can get outside and enjoy the sunshine! I love springtime because it's like a fresh rebirth. Spring is one of those times of the year when we emerge from our black holes and get rejuvenated and refreshed. In today’s episode, I’m sharing my favorite spring resources and some fun and unique ideas that you can implement …
 
Providing counseling in a one-on-one setting is so powerful for our students who are experiencing extreme anxiety. Today, we are wrapping up our anxiety series with 4 effective strategies you can use to help your students cope with anxiety. If you missed the last three episodes, go back and check them out. In episode 80, you’ll hear me talk about w…
 
All month we've been talking about anxiety, and today I'm going to talk specifically about how you can help students with anxiety through an anxiety small group. If you missed the last 2 episodes, be sure to check out episode 80 where I did crash course on anxiety, and episode 81 where I shared strategies for class counseling for anxiety. Small gro…
 
I’m a big fan of doing class lessons. It’s a great way to plant seeds with students and teach them strategies they can use going forward that can empower them to be proactive instead of being reactive. In last week’s episode, we had a crash course on anxiety counseling. Today I want to give you three ideas of things that you can do in a class lesso…
 
Most students experience anxiety at some point in their lives. As school counselors, it’s important that we understand the different ways anxiety can show up in students and how to best support them. Typically, I give you counseling strategies and tools that you can use generally across topics, but I thought it would be helpful to go deeper on a sp…
 
Collecting data is so important for our students and our counseling programs. It helps us answer questions like: How can we teach this material to help the students better understand? How can we present this in a different way to help the student grow and to learn these coping strategies? How can we provide outside support or other resources to rea…
 
Don’t get me wrong…playing games like Jenga can be a fun and effective way to build relationships with students. To make the greatest impact in the lives of our students, we’ve got to build rapport with them. While playing games is great, it can be easy to get stuck when it comes to finding new ways to relate to our counseling students and get to k…
 
Let’s celebrate! It’s National School Counseling Week! You are doing meaningful work, and you deserve to be recognized and celebrated. If you’re feeling awkward about bringing attention to yourself or you’re just not sure what to do to celebrate, I’ve got some fun ideas for you in this episode. Instead of thinking of this week as a way to promote y…
 
Do you ever feel like you’re just winging it during individual counseling sessions? When I first got started in individual counseling, I felt overwhelmed and unsure of what I was supposed to be doing during sessions with my students. I felt comfortable and confident during group sessions, but when it came to one-on-one sessions with students, I alw…
 
You guys want more data, and I am here for it! I thought I had talked about data enough, but after doing a poll to find out what your New Year’s goals are as school counselors, there were a few people who wanted to work with data more effectively and keep more data. You may be reluctant to start data tracking because you don’t really know where to …
 
This month I’m focusing on sourcing topics based on the feedback you gave me on your goals for the year. I had one of you say that their goal was to run at least five counseling groups this spring semester. This is a wonderful goal and totally doable. So, I want to share a few organizational strategies when it comes to small groups. Specifically, t…
 
I recently put a poll out to find out what your counselor goals, or resolutions, are for 2022. I used your answers to plan for my podcast episodes for the month of January. One of the topics that came up a lot was creating an efficient schedule. We all know the feeling of creating a schedule and then experiencing all kinds of interruptions that com…
 
Happy 2022, school counselors! I hope you had a restful holiday break and are ready for what the next 12 months have in store for you! Do you enjoy this time of year, or not so much? I know people have mixed feelings about what comes with a new year, such as setting resolutions. Personally, I love setting goals and planning for what’s to come. Over…
 
What comes to mind when you hear “self-care”? We all know self-care is important, but what about self-care at work? There are actually ways to practice self-care at work that can make your life a little easier and relieve stress…and they have nothing to do with bubble baths and essential oils. In this episode, I’m sharing unexpected self-care tips …
 
Tracking and collecting data throughout the school year is a must. In this episode, I’m sharing how you can conduct a mid-year data checkup so you can continually make changes to your program to better serve your counseling students. Sending a needs assessment to students, parents, and teachers is a great way to see how things are going with your p…
 
What are some of your favorite memories from elementary school? It’s important for kids to have positive experiences around school and for our counseling students to have positive counseling experiences. Holiday parties are a great way to add some fun to counseling and build relationships with your counseling students. In this episode, we’re keepin…
 
Happy December! The countdown to winter break is on. I absolutely love this time of year. Everything is so fun and festive, especially at the elementary level. I’m always trying to think of ways that I can put a seasonal twist on counseling activities to keep your students (and you) engaged. At the same time, I always had the problem of “frequent f…
 
The first episode back after Thanksgiving break is the final episode of the Team Player Series, focused on students. I have spoken about how to collaborate with other stakeholders in the last few episodes and couldn’t possibly leave out the kids we work with day in and day out. The ideas I share are action items that can be done from the first sess…
 
All month I’ve been talking about how you can collaborate with your stakeholders, and this episode is dedicated to principals. Your administration can really dictate how your program runs, so this is a very important topic! Some principals can micromanage while others don’t want to be involved at all, hopefully your principal is somewhere in the mi…
 
For this week’s Team Player Series episode, I will share how to get parents on board. I’m sure each and every one of you listening right now has experienced backlash from a parent at some point in your career. If you’re like me, you probably realized if you had communicated more in the first place some of those situations never would have occurred.…
 
As we approach the holiday season I hope you take time to rest and reflect on how you feel about the first few months of school. I know some of you have probably felt really alone and isolated in your school building full of teachers. It’s just as bad, if not worse, if you have been getting push back from your class lessons or recommendations. Beli…
 
To wrap up one of my favorite months, I decided to do a seasonal episode in the spirit of Halloween! I’ll be sharing some fun activities you can do with those Halloween buckets you’ve probably gotten on Amazon or in the Dollar Store. I love providing you with low-cost and simple ideas and these are no different. If you’ve been a listener for a whil…
 
"The bigger picture is important with university education. Good grades at university are necessary to be able to bring you to the door of your preferred company, but once you start working you are going to need to be able to provide more than just knowledge. It’s about the right attitude, being able to keep up with changes, and going above and bey…
 
Have you ever taught a great lesson only to have your student forget everything the next time they walk through your door? Teaching students truly takes a village, so it only makes sense we take advantage of our resources. I’m talking about peers, teachers, custodians, and more! Think about it. When you explicitly teach a topic and then another sta…
 
Did you know that October is Bullying Prevention Month? It’s truly one of my favorite topics to discuss with my students. It is so important to work on those preventative measures and teach our students skills at a young age. The earlier you teach them about bullying, the more control you’ll have as they get older. There are so many different ways …
 
Can you believe it's already October?! What's more exciting is that we are celebrating ONE YEAR of this podcast, School Counseling Simplified! I wanted to do something special to celebrate this milestone, so this episode will be a bit different than the others. I've created a mash-up of the top 5 most popular episodes from the show! Be sure to stay…
 
Today is extra exciting because we have a veteran counselor on the show, Terry Foytek. Terry has been a school counselor for 25 years and is a student in my online course, Stress Free School Counseling. This goes to show that Stress Free School Counseling is not just for new counselors or for counselors with 3-5 years of experience. It’s for any sc…
 
If you have been considering joining my Stress Free School Counseling course, then this episode is for you. I don’t have guest episodes often, but I had to introduce you to one of my Stress Free School Counseling alumni, Kaylena. I hope any questions you have are answered after listening to her real-life testimonial! Like many of you, this is Kayle…
 
Do you constantly feel like you are putting out fires rather than preventing them? Or maybe you take work home regularly to catch up because of all the distractions throughout the day. In this episode I will give you a solution to these never-ending problems. It all starts with scheduling, and I don’t mean when you see specific students. I want you…
 
There are two things I suggest you focus on first and foremost as the school year begins. The first one is data collection, which I talked about during my last episode. The second is organization, which may not come so easy to school counselors. I feel like teachers tend to have this under control with their flair pens and post-its, but after this …
 
By now, you may know how much I LOVE data collection, and there’s a good reason for it! Collecting and sharing data is the best way to measure growth and advocate for your role as a school counselor. I know what you may be thinking right now - It’s only September. Why are we already talking about data? Here’s the thing, even if you’ve only just sta…
 
With a new year upon us, there are always changes that are made in the public schools. This can be new students, new staff or administration, a new school placement or even a new district. Not to mention new protocols or procedures that may impact the program that you intended on using. These inevitable changes are one of the many reasons that scho…
 
As the school year is upon us, I’m sure you’ve been busy preparing your lessons and materials. You’re probably ready for your individual, group, and classroom lessons or have at least thought about what you may want to try, or not try, for this new school year. But have you thought about what you can do from day one that may make the whole year see…
 
I’m sure I’m not the only one who was familiar with the ASCA National Model, but didn’t quite know what it meant to see it in action. Of course we all heard of what it meant in grad school, but like many other areas of our profession it is very different when you have to put it into practice with your own students. That’s why I will be walking you …
 
Whether you’re a new counselor or a veteran, when you think of MTSS you are likely picturing the pyramid that outlines the system previously referred to as Response to Intervention. It’s so important because it is the foundation that our program is based on. This evidence-based system may be approached by multiple positions in the school, but I’m g…
 
Back to school season is quickly approaching, or may already be here for many of you! When it comes to getting all your ducks in a row for a new school year, you could wing it, or you could make things a lot easier for yourself and have a curated plan. August is the perfect time to get organized while you have the time! One of the first things that…
 
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