Saturday, November 09, 2013

Introducing the Blog Shop!

The time has finally arrived! The Entirely Elementary...School Counseling Blog Shop is now open for business! 

In the Entirely Elementary...School Counseling Blog Shop, you will find educational materials (for school counselors, teachers, or anyone who works with children) for sale. These materials will be made by me and used by me in my work as an elementary school counselor. For a nominal fee, the files can be purchased for download and printed by you!

As time goes on, I will add more fun materials. I have a whole bunch of ideas stirring around in my noggin and I'm very excited to bring those ideas to you! Usually these materials will first be written about in a blog post and then made available through the Blog Shop. As I have always done, I will make every attempt to post pictures on how I use the materials with my students.

I have always loved making great materials to use in my school! I enjoy using fun fonts, color, and great graphics, to bring my ideas to life. In fact, many of the ideas I've shared on the blog (and included a link for free download) have been accessed by thousands and thousands and thousands of folks! It is so unbelievably humbling that school counselors and other educators find my materials useful and continue to download them like crazy! Keep reading Entirely Elementary...School Counseling for more great ideas!

Don't you will still find a number of items for FREE on the blog and through the Blog Shop! Keep reading.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Boggle and Moggle: Weekly Challenge Perfect for the Hall!

In my building, some of the classrooms have their own bathroom facilities and other classrooms need to use the hallway bathrooms. It always seems to be a challenge to keep our students quiet and occupied during classroom bathroom breaks so that they don't disturb other classrooms in the hallway. So, I decided to pair a beloved word game (and my twist to make it a math game) with bathroom break time into a Weekly Challenge - Perfect for the Hallway! 

BOGGLE - a word making game and MOGGLE - my twist of Boggle made into a math equation game - are displayed on a hallway bulletin board nearby my office. Students have the opportunity to compete in this weekly challenge (once per week) while sitting in the hallway waiting to use the restroom or waiting for their classmates to finish-up. The bulletin board will be rotated between BOGGLE and MOGGLE every few weeks. Each week, the letter and number combinations on the large game board will be changed.

Letter cards and number cards are displayed in clear CD plastic sleeves (in order to easily swap out letters and numbers). Students have the opportunity to complete one scoring sheet each week and submit it in the folder displayed on the bulletin board. A student helper or two will score all of the sheets at the end of the week in order to determine a weekly winner. The winner's name will be posted on the bulletin board and he/she will win a a small prize from me. This is what the bulletin board looks like in my hallway!

Click on the pictures below to purchase each printable bulletin board kit!

Sunday, November 03, 2013

November 14, 2013 #escchat

Join me as I moderate the November 14, 2013 Elementary School Counselor Twitter Chat #escchat! It will take place from 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. EST over on Twitter. 

Topic: High Expectations with a Kind Heart

Join us as we chat about creating meaningful relationships with kids where they know you expect their very best and that you will still care for them when they mess up! Some call it “tough love.”

Use #escchat in order to participate in the discussion! It is best to use a columned format such at Tweet Deck to follow along!

See you on the 14th!