Friday, December 20, 2013

Spreading Christmas cheer!

My first graders decided to spread a little Christmas cheer this morning and do some caroling to other classrooms and staff.  They LOVED it!  Some even sang along.  It was great!  
So just in case you haven't had any carolers come by your way, just sit back and listen to these kids.
And feel free to sing along!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

How Do You Want to be Remembered?

The students were very curious to find this bulletin board in the hallway covered with negative words.  They wondered why and I just let them wonder.   I left just the words in black and white on the board for  about a week to make sure all the grades had a chance to see them.  During Thanksgiving break, the question appeared on top of some of the words.  I took some classes down to look at the board and we talked during classroom counseling about how they would like to be remembered.  We read the book "Just Kidding" by Trudy Ludwig and I asked how the mean character in the book would be remembered by his classmates.  Then I gave each student a piece of white paper about 4"X8" and had them write a word that would describe how they want people to remember them.

Kind and positive words started to replace the negative words.  Kids really had to think out of the box because they all want to be remembered as Nice and Kind, but I told them to think of other ways they want to be remembered also.  Generous, Friendly, Respect......

Peaceful, Funny, Smart, Loving....the kind words just kept replacing the mean words....

Fair, Kindhearted, Caring, Industrious, Creative, Thankful, Hopeful, Genious, Smiley, 
Kid of Character....
Don't you just L.O.V.E. the words they came up with?
I think my favorite one was "Non-Jerk".

So, How do YOU want to be Remembered?

*This idea was something I found on Pinterest.  Although I did have to change it to fit my situation, I would like to give credit to Eric Johnson who created the whole concept with his students.  I would encourage you to read more at his blog "Your Kids" Teacher.  

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Baby It's Cold Outside!

This was on my way to school this morning----yep, that's a MINUS sign in front of the 14!  We seem to be having a bit of a cold spell.  Yesterday it seemed like a heat wave when we topped out at 1bout 15 ABOVE zero!  I got to help do the horse chores and my fingers were FREEZING by the time I finished hauling bales of hay and feed out to the hungry horses.  Sure glad I get to go inside---but it doesn't seem to bother the horses.  
So, what do the kids say about it at school---
oh, lots of  "Burrr!  It's a cold one today!"
"Is recess inside or outside today?"  (The answer is definitely INSIDE!)
"Our car didn't want to start Mrs. K."  (Gee, I didn't either!)

The good thing is, when we arrive in the school, we seem to forget about the cold temps outside and feel the warmth of a building to learn in,
the warmth of a smile from a child,
the warmth of a hug from a student who just wants a hug back,
the warmth of a hello.

So even though we journey through this winter we can be so thankful
for all the things that warm us up---BECAUSE
Baby it's WARM INSIDE!!!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Secret Mean Stinks Presents: Meanamorphosis

This is week 3 of Mean Stinks for us at the Middle School.  I started  the 5th and 6th grade girls on a 5 week Mean Stinks Campaign.  The first week we talked about what they see as far as problems in their grades with meanness.   It seems like the biggest problem is kids just saying mean things to each other.  Some kids said there have been mean things posted or commented on through social media but they aren't seeing too much of that yet in these grades.  Another problem has been rumors and gossip.  Some kids shared feeling left out or excluded. 
Week 2 we watched Meanamorphosis which is a video that shows how being mean really does stink.  The girls LOVED it! and said there was quite a bit of truth to it.  The "B-word" does come up twice so I asked permission from parents before the girls could watch it.  I also asked the girls how many of them had heard the word at school....ALL of them!  Yep, and over half said they had either been called the mean word or heard someone call someone else the word.  (Did I even know this word when I was in 5th or 6th grade?!)

We also talked during week 2 about what the different types of bullying were and the difference between mean behavior and bullying.  Mean behavior happens off and on.....bullying is best defined in the following ways:
  1.       A- Aggressive: Bullies attack physically, socially, or emotionally.
  2.       B- Balance of Power is Unequal:  The balance of power is usually unequal such as bigger vs. smaller and older vs. younger.  I added Diane Senn’s point about the power of popularity.
  3.       C- Consistent:  Bullying happens more than once over a period of time.
  4.       D- Deliberate: A person usually bullies with an intent to do hurt or harm.
We also talked about the Do's and Do Not's of handling a bully.  You can find many posters here that includes everything from handling the bully to how to be a good friend or to standing up for someone.
Today we started Week 3 with "Mani Monday".  We painted pinky fingernails blue on students who decided to take the Blue Pinky Promise and promise to not stand for Meanness anymore...stand up for others and have their backs if they see it happening.  We had lots of girls and even a good share of boys getting their pinkies painted blue and standing up for the cause!

One of our local hair stylists, LeAnn, came in to help paint pinkies.  Autumn was our first one to sign the Blue Pinky Pact and take a stand against meanness.  Many more got on board too, even quite a few boys, including one of our teachers!

When the girls got together in class after their lunch time and painting pinkies, they stood together and took the Pinky Promise!

They had fun during class today hanging up posters around the school about Mean Stinks and also making their own posters and hanging them up too.

I think my favorite was when they decided to decorate and empty locker....
check out the outside of the locker first..

(It says "Open me if you are sad!")
followed by the inside of the locker....
and the inside is filled with all kinds of "pick me ups" and positive messages!
This is just a few of the girls who helped make this "happy locker" happen!
Can't wait to see what the rest of the week holds for us!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Secret Society of Kind Kids!

I have spent this week reading the book "The Invisible Boy" by Trudy Ludwig to my classes.  We talked about what would make someone feel like they were invisible.  The kids responded with a variety of answers including: 
being left out,
 when you talk to someone and they don't answer, 
when people don't want to be your partner in the room, 
when people talk about things and don't include you in the conversation, 
when people walk past you in the hall and they don't say hi.  
Then we read the story.  The kids were able to see how just one person could make a difference for making someone feel accepted.  We then talked about what we can do so people won't feel invisible.  Responses:  
ask them to play at recess,
 ask them to be your partner on a project, 
say hi, 
help them if they are hurt, 
stick up for them, 
ask them to be your friend, 
invite them over or to the park.
Then the fun began.  I asked kids if they liked to play Tag.  Of course all the hands went up immediately.  Then I explained that we would be playing a different kind of Tag. 

This is an experiment of anonymous kindness.  Each of the students would receive 4 tags---SMILE tags that explained that the recipient had been tagged by an anonymous act of kindness and that now it is their turn to pass on the kindness.  I then explained to the kids that they are officially members of the Secret Society of the Kind Kids.  In order to stay in this membership, they would need to do kind deeds without recognition, anonymously. cool was it to hear how these kids were being so sneaky to do the kind deeds.  The best part was how one classroom teacher shared how excited her students were to receive a SMILE Tag and not think about what was done for them, but what they were going to do now to pass it on!  RIGHT ON!  Doesn't KINDNESS FEEL GREAT?!  
You can print your own SMILE tags and have fun spreading some kindness too.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Common Sense

Common Sense
My husband shared something with me that he had sent to him a few months ago.  It is an obituary for Common Sense.  I thought it was worth sharing on my blog.

An Obituary printed in the London Times.....Absolutely​ Brilliant !!

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: - Knowing when to come in out of the rain; - Why the early bird gets the worm; - Life isn't always fair; - and maybe it was my fault. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition. Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion. Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault. Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot or that a cup of coffee is NOT a guaranteed travel safe and idiot proof product. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement. Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.
He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, I Want It Now, Someone Else Is To Blame,  & I'm A Victim.
Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Your 3 Words

ABC's Good Morning America has this thing called Your 3 Words.  
They are about different things that tell about a person.  
I thought it would be fun to work in groups in 4th grade to come up with 
Our 3 Words about either Kindness or Our Class. is what they came up with.

Helping Buddies Out

Supporting Fairness Nicely

Kind People Sharing

Kind People Here

Help People Learn

Kindness Creates Friends

So what 3 Words tell about you---or your class---or your family---your school----your community----
the list can go on forever!

"Don't Stop Smiling!"

Mrs. K!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

What is your DREAM?

Dream It!  Believe  It!

About a month ago we had a great assembly called 8 to Great presented by MK Mueller.  I have been using the information to help kids get on the path to reaching their goals and dreams.  Today was one of those days where I had the opportunity to put into practice some of the steps that MK taught us.
What I did with this young person is what any of us could do.
I had him share what his dream is.
Then I had him stand up and imagine it.
I cheered him on as his "coach" who would be someone in his future dream.
I saw an amazing smile come across his face as he pictured it!
WOW!!! I know he wasn't the only one feeling great!
After that we sat down and talked about what it was going to take to get to that dream.
Is it just going to fall out of the sky and happen?  I don't think so.
We talked about what changes he needs to make in his actions and thoughts to make it happen.
The next thing we did was we started his gratitude list.  
I told him every day he is going to come in and tell me his 3 gratitudes, with no repeats!
He has some awesome gratitudes to list today!  WAY TO GO!!!!
We had a great visit and I really believe he is on his way to a better tomorrow than when he walked in.
That is the cool part of my job!
I get to encourage and pump kids up!

As I was gathering some info for another class, I came across this video and I can't wait to share it with my student tomorrow when he comes in to list his 3 Gratitudes.
I hope you will enjoy it also and be inspired by it.

The path to our dreams is not straight.  We climb and fall and climb and fall.  Every time we fall we gather knowledge and strength to get up and climb again.

What is your dream?  What are you doing to reach it?  Have you fallen lately trying to reach it?
If so, don't give up.   KEEP  TRYING!  PRESS ON!

Friday, October 18, 2013

The Invisible Boy book review!

I was so excited to receive my copy of Trudy Ludwig's latest book, The Invisible Boy.  I loved the story of how this young boy, Brian, is overlooked by so everyone is his class.  Even his teacher has a difficult time noticing him because she is so busy dealing with "behaviors" of other students.  Recess and lunch aren't fun for Brian because even though he is present, he isn't.  Not to the rest of the kids anyway.  I love so many things about this book....
* The title---says it all!  It is exactly how someone who is not noticed or acknowledged feels.  Invisible.
*How one person changes things----isn't it amazing when we think about the power of one?  In this story one person makes a huge difference for Brian.  This can show kids how much power they have to help someone else.
*EMPATHY!---I was reminded this summer at a conference how important it is to teach kids empathy.  I think this book does exactly that!  Trying to put themselves in someone else's shoes and see how they feel.  Teaching empathy can change so many negative ways that kids treat others.
*Exclusion---it teaches kids what exclusion looks like but then takes them to how easy it is to include someone also!
Can't wait to share this with my students!!!!!

Trudy has generously given a book to me to GIVE AWAY!!!!  So, if you would like to win a copy of this book all you have to do is enter....

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Fortune Cookies

I had a surprise call from one of my best friends yesterday and we decided to meet for dinner last night.  YUMMY---we both agreed on Chinese food!  It was great to sit and visit and catch up and share.  It always amazes me with friends who you don't see often enough how easy it is to just pick up where you left off the last time you were together!  That to me is a neat thing about friendship!
after I finished my meal I opened up my fortune cookie and found the above fortune.  I wasn't sure if this was a fortune or more of an advice cookie.  It really took me back to my days when I was just a kid.  My mom would tell my siblings and myself, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."  Good advice.  AND it has come in handy many times when working with students and my own kids.  When I share this "mommily" with students they usually say, "That is what my mom says too!"  (Great wisdom is learned not only from fortune cookies but also from moms!)
So I am thinking that I will add K.M.S. to my list of abbreviations to share with kids.
Some of my other favorites include:
(Mind Your Own Beeswax or Mind Your Own Business)
(Save Your Reputation---which was always signed on letters from my grandma when I was in college)
(Keep It Simple Sweetie)
(TaTa For Now)

What are some of your favorite abbreviations?

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

You asked for it! Interrupting Lyrics

Okay, so you wanted the lyrics to Stop! Interrupting Me!
Well, here they are.  I hope you have fun with this song.  It has been fun hearing the kids sing the song as they go down the hall or in their classrooms.
I really want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who has watched this crazy fun teaching video.  I can't believe all the views and the great comments.  (If this doesn't boost a person up, I'm not sure what would!)  I would invite you all to follow my blog also.  I am working on a couple more songs that would help you teach some great skills to your kiddos.

Interrupting Me
it’s really very rude

Is what you always say
 If you want attention
You need to tell me something
You don’t think that it can wait

But this time before you jump in my mouth
 Taking my words from me

Think it over
 You gotta  wait your turn

Think it over  
The respect you will earn

Interrupting me
It’s really very rude

Interrupting me
It really makes me mad!

Think it over
Think it over

when you tap. tap me on the arm
I can hear you
Calling out my name

Do you notice my expression
When you’re trying to get my attention

So this time before you interrupt
Pause and take a step back

Think it over
Is it an emergency?

Think it over
If not just wait patiently.
Interrupting me
You gotta wait your turn

Interrupting me
Something  you gotta learn

Think it over
Think it over

I’ve tried so hard, hard to be patient
When you try to get my attention
But when you wait till I am through
I will give my attention to YOU

Interrupting Me
It’s really very rude
(Hey, think it over!)

Interrupting Me
(Think it over, hey.)
It’s really very rude.

Stop Interrupting Me!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Stop! Interrupting Me!

(Sorry this is a bit confusing...but while I was adding the lyrics I accidentally deleted this blog post!  UGH!   So here is the blog post again....and look for the lyrics to come.)

(Click on the title to see the video)
I had so much fun with my "teacher" friends putting together another song for the kiddos at school.  It seems some classrooms are having a bit of an issue with interrupting.   So....I spent some time teaching the kindergarten kiddos about My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook.  We had fun reading the book and then doing a couple of activities from the activity guide.  The fave of course is the ability bags.  I give students each a lunch size bag to take home and fill with 3 things show what they can do.  We have had some great things shared in the past years that we have done this.  A couple of favorites include a child pulling their swimsuit out of the bag to show they have the ability to swim.  Another child shared a picture of their family and told how they have the ability to be a great part of their family.  The beautiful thing about this activity is they all get the chance to talk about themselves and the rest of the kids get the chance to practice their great listening skills.  We will be sharing these this coming Monday this year and I can't wait to see what they bring.

In first grade we had Ornery Ordean from Jellybean Jamboree share how interrupting was a problem for him.  We made a list of when is it okay to interrupt someone and when is it better to wait.  I also had a couple of volunteers role play with me while I told the class something and my volunteer got to interrupt me.  That was fun showing how it gets the person off track of what they are talking about.  We also talked about how bothering the person next to you while the teacher is talking is interrupting the learning of the friend they are sitting by.  So many ways to look at interrupting.  Of course the favorite was sharing my latest video with them and having them guess who my backups were.  

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Cool to be Kind

After starting the 21 Day Kindness Challenge, I decided it was time to do another YouTube video for my fans.....  this time I roped in our new music teacher Miss Gierach to help me out.  We both hope you enjoy and be sure to visit the YouTube channel to help out our viewing numbers!  THANKS!

Happy on a Stick!

I love to do things out of the ordinary---I guess I could be called a Risk Taker.  So this year when it was time for school photos I decided to "jazz up my smile"  with my "smile on a stick".  It wasn't that I was feeling sad that day, I was actually feeling like having a little fun.  AND that is just what I did.  When the photographer had everything set and said smile, I quick stuck my smile on a stick up and CLICK---it was captured.  We all had a good laugh and they promised me that it would be printed!  GREAT I thought!  A picture I am very pleased to hand out because it gets great responses from people.
So today I was talking to a counselor friend from a neighboring district and she told me how she enjoys reading my blog---guess what?  This one's for you Kim!  Hope you are having a Happy Day and if not, just get a happy on a stick and enjoy the looks and laughs!
Take a risk!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Because Our CHILDREN Are Watching

I always tell the students in the upper grades that the little kids are watching them.  We also have to remind ourselves that kids are watching us as adults too.  They listen to the words we say and the things that we do when we don't even tell them.  For example, I tell my teenager not to use her phone when she drives so when I am driving I have to make sure that when my phone rings that I either let someone else in the car answer it or I say, "That will have to wait until I stop somewhere."  Another example is exercising.  Do we dread going for a walk or to the gym or do we go and say it felt great?  
I really love the song "I've Been Watching You" by Rodney Atkins.  It pretty much sums up what kids see and how they learn all kinds of things from us as adults.
Being an example is for all of us.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Kindness Challenge

Remembering 9/11

The 9/11 Memorial in New York City.

As a way to honor those who lost their lives or were effected by 9/11, I challenge you to take part in the Kindness Challenge.  I found out about this through my Counselor buddy Barbara over at the Corner on Character.  I truly can't imagine anything that could be more rewarding for yourself and those you choose to do random kindnesses for.  Kindness seems to have a ripple effect.  When someone shares a kind deed or act to you or on your behalf it just fills you up with so much "good" that you can't help but pass that on to others.  
I think my favorite things to do are:
*leaving a chocolate for someone!
*mowing someone's lawn
*leaving some flowers on someone's desk
*surprising a busy family with a meal
*leaving a note of appreciation for someone
*taking treats to your place of employment or to a service provider ( e.g. mail carriers)
So check out the site and join the 21-day Kindness Challenge.  See what a difference we can make.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

2013 School of Character

Wow!  The Sibley-Ocheyedan Elementary was awarded the State School of Character by Character Counts of Iowa.  This was a pretty big project and people probably want to know how this all came about.  I received a letter from CC of Iowa with information on nominating someone for a Character Award.  I thought first of our elementary school.  I am so fortunate to work in a school where character education is important.  Our teachers are so creative in how they include character education in their lessons and in their classrooms.  The kids all know the 6 Pillars (Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship) but they also learn other character words too, such as kindness, integrity, honesty.
Click HERE to see our school's video that was shown at the Awards Banquet on Aug. 2.
And be sure to spread a little good character around!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Liebster Award!

This is so cool!  I got home tonight and checked my e-mail and there was a notification that I had a message left on one of my blog entries.  Well, BJ Bowden from Positively Elementary School Counseling had nominated me for the Leibster Award.  It is an award that is for new bloggers who have less than 200 followers and blog about school counseling.  How cool is this?!   So, I get to answer the questions that she gave me and then I get to nominate other bloggers that are my favorites!
So....on with BJ's questions:
1.  How did you decide to take up blogging?   I really enjoy reading other blogs and thought it would be a great way to share what I am doing and learning about in the area of school counseling.  At first I thought, "What if no one reads my blog?" but then I realized that it also serves the purpose of just putting my thoughts and things I have done together in one place.  Kind of like a diary for me to go back and read.  AND guess what, other people do read it!
2. How long have you been blogging?  I actually started a blog with my sisters as we did a book club.  It was a great way for us to connect and share.  That was a couple of years ago.  I started Mrs. K's Good Stuff on Nov. 14, 2012---so, I'm getting close to my 1 year blog birthday!
3.  What is one of your favorite memories of working with students?  Oh golly, this is a hard one because there are so many.  I could easily fill out a Top 10 list on this but I won't.  I think my favorites are when kids come and tell me how they have become a better person because of what they learned from me.  That just warms my heart to see them smile and say, "Mrs. K, you helped me so much.  Remember how I used to be mean all the time?  Well you helped me to be a nicer person." (actual quote from a student)
4.  What are 3 items in your bag that you could not do without?
#1:  My Julia Cook book collection---it really makes me wonder what I did before I had all of Julia's books.  The kids love them and they make my job easier because she has covered about every topic I need to cover with kids.  So, THANK YOU to my friend Julia!
#2:  games:  I use all kinds of games to teach kids things.  One of the kids favorites is Aggravation.  They learn how to win and how to lose, how to be a good sport, how to take turns, how to communicate, how to get along with others, oh my the list goes on.  They also learn what the word aggravation means and how to handle it when they get aggravated.
  Another game that I love because I use it in classroom, small group or individual counseling is Dirty Laundry.  I actually found this on a clearance table one time for $5! AND I have gotten alot out of it!  Great way for kids to find out how much they know about each other and get to know each other better.  It is also great for communication skills.
#3:  My iPad.  I love that thing!  I can use it so many ways and there are so many great apps that I can use with kids.  I really feel pretty blessed to have one.
5.  Would you recommend blogging to others?
YES, YES, YES!!!  Did you hear that?  Don't think about it, just do it!  And you don't have to be really tech savvy to blog---because I could even figure it out!
6.  What is the best professional development you ever went to?
Oh, this is hard.  I'm going to have to give my top 3 on this (and they are not in any particular order):
1:  Love and Logic---I use it every day!  It works!  Enough said.
2:  ISCA (Iowa School Counselors Assoc) state conference:  I come home from this every year so pumped up and full of new information that I can't wait to use what I have learned.  I'm not sure if it is the people I see there and connect with or the sessions---but it is awesome!
3:  8 to Great---I went to this 3 hour workshop this summer it was awesome.  It is everything that I use with my kids all wrapped up in one neat and tidy package.  I loved it.  I'm hoping we can get MK Mueller to come to our school this fall and I'm hoping to get trained too.  LIFE CHANGING!
7. How do you take care of yourself outside of work?
It is so easy to become so busy with taking care of others (students, staff, friends and family, obligations), but when we do we suffer and in return so does the people who are important to us.  It is important to take care of our health (eat right, exercise), spend quality time with our family, get our spiritual needs met.   In addition to these things I do fun things like hauling my daughters to horse shows and rodeos so I can watch them ride, go paint ceramics with my daughter, go on dates with my husband, read books that I can't put down, spend time with my 4 sisters, make time for friends, and be spontaneous, take risks and laugh every day!
8. What are some of your favorite blogs to follow?
My number one blog to follow is Corner on Character.  I started following Barbara and love everything she shares.  She is full of great ideas and inspiration and I am blessed by her friendship.
I also love to follow Positively Elementary School Counseling and all the great things shared by BJ.  One of the first blogs I followed was Books That Heal Kids because I am kept up to date by the great books that are out there and ideas on ways to use them.  I heard Michele Borba speak this summer and I have started following her blog also and it has some great info that I can use as well as pass on to parents and other educators.
9.  What is one of your favorite lessons to teach?
I use Auto B Good stories and lessons in 2nd grade and one of my favorite lessons is about when the City of Auto has an Idea Fair.  Well, what I have done is had the kids meet in their little groups (I call them Pit Crews) and come up with ideas of how we can make our school even better than it already is.  I love this because it let's the kids really use their imaginations.  After they have come up with these great ideas, they make a poster or display about it and then we invite other classes in our building and the 2nd grade parents/grandparents to come and visit our Idea Fair so the kids can share their awesome ideas.  Each person is given a ticket when they enter each classroom and they cast their vote (put their ticket in a cup) for the idea they liked the best.  You can read about the winners on "Idea Fair" from my February blog entries.
10.  Why did you want to become a school counselor?
I love helping kids.  At first I thought I would be a high school counselor because that is the level I was teaching when I decided I wanted to get a masters degree in School Counseling.  I actually got my first counseling job in a K-8 setting and absolutely fell in love with the middle and elementary kiddos!  It's all history from there!
11.  Who has been your biggest inspiration in your life?
I would have to say my family.  My parents always encouraged me to go after the things I wanted to try and do.  My mom was a teacher and I loved helping her at school and also loved hearing all the great stories she came home with as a kindergarten teacher---(she should have written a book!).  I have the joy of working in the same school building as 3 of my sisters--PreK, 2nd grade and associate for a special needs student.  They inspire me in their work with their students.  My husband constantly encourages me in my career and my kids do too.  I have been blessed by all of their support and encouragement!
1.  Cool School Counseling
2. Scrapbook of a School Counselor
3. Counseling from A-Z
4.  South Carolina Counselor Cafe
5. St. Louis Center for Play Therapy

My questions for my nominees:

1.  What have you done that you feel has made the biggest impact with the kids you work with?

2.  Who or what is your "go to" when you need information for your job?

3.  What are your top 5 books on your bookshelf and why?

4.  What do you do to "recharge" yourself?

5.What is your favorite quote?

6.  What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment?

THANKS to all of you who follow my blog.  I hope my readers are inspired, enlightened and find what I share helpful.  Please check out the blogs that I nominated above because I have found them to have some really great "stuff" on them.  It is great to connect with other bloggers all over and make new friends this way.  The best part is it makes us all better at what we do which benefits the kids we work with.  Keep checking in for more "good stuff".