Over the past couple years, I've managed to shift my social media feeds from people I don't remember from high school to incredible ideas for counseling and the classroom. Counseling ideas on social media are everywhere if you know where to look, and how to remember them after you scroll by.
Some people treat their Pinterest accounts like a well-curated gallery. I follow these stellar pinners and let them do the leg work for me. When you follow these people, the gems they find make their way into your Pinterest feed.
Pinterest is a search engine. Say what?? I know it's social media platform, but it's really more like Google than Facebook. You can search and Pinterest is pretty good at finding what you need.
Also when you search, this helps fill your feed with things you like. Pinterest is a idea-finding workhorse.
Before I became a Pinterest fanatic, I had a board titled "Work" where I would dump random pins to be forgotten.
Now I have boards for anger management activities, SEL lessons, counseling bulletin boards. Getting more specific helped me find ideas quickly. I also will pin an idea to multiple boards if it makes sense.
Recently on instagram you can follow hashtags in addition to people. Say you want to see posts when someone uses #schoolcounseling. Voila! You can. Instagram will show you these posts right in your feed.
Did you know that school counselors are all over instagram posting their ideas for lessons and groups? Following hashtags is a great way to get new people in your feed to follow. Have a favorite school counselor on Instagram already? Look at who they are following.
On Instagram, you can save pictures you love. I use this to store ideas so I can come back to them later. You can go a step further and create collections or albums of the pictures you have saved.
There are a lot facebook pages focused on school mental health. They all share great articles, new resources, funny memes, blog posts, and current school events. Plus they fill my feed with things more useful than my uncle's rants or pictures of my second cousin's baby.
We often don't have many (or any) colleagues with similar job responsibilities in our schools. I have found that some Facebook groups can be a necessary substitute when we don't have our in real life professional learning communities.
In my browser, I have a list of blogs and websites bookmarked. These are my go to because of the wealth of information and easy to use ideas.
Lots of blogs and websites have email lists you can join. They typically send a regular email full of ideas. I subscribe to a couple of these and find them invaluable.
I'm going to be honest, I have no idea how to use twitter for counseling ideas. But I do know that there are twitter chats where school counselors participate and share ideas. Check out #scchat and Counselor Up for more info.
Who do you follow? Leave your favorite accounts in the comments.
Do you use social media as a source for counseling ideas?
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Laura is a former school psychologist passionately trying to bring social-emotional learning to every student at every tier. Click here for hands-on resources for the classroom and counseling.
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