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All Posts by Laura Driscoll

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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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Apr 25

Measuring Progress in Individual Counseling

By Laura Driscoll | Individual Counseling

Measuring progress in individual counseling is challenging. I don’t think there is much argument there. Long rating scales and lengthy observations are not viable or scalable solutions.  Couldn’t measuring progress in individual counseling be easier? I think so. We have to do a little borrowing from our school buddies. Teachers backwards plan lessons. SpEd teachers break big […]

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young students eager to participate
Mar 26

Bringing Responsibility and Choice into the Classroom

By Laura Driscoll | Social Emotional Skills , Teacher Consultation

Responsibility and choice is the degree to which teachers allow students to make responsible decisions about their work in their classroom.Why It’s ImportantMaking student responsibility and choice a part of your classroom helps students:gain a better understanding of themselves as learners, struggle and plan in a controlled setting, and stay engaged with their work.It does not mean […]

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Sad Girl
Jan 31

Students with Low Self-Esteem? Try a Different Approach

By Laura Driscoll | Cognitive Behavioral Therapy , Individual Counseling , Social Emotional Skills

Research has repeatedly shown that programs claiming to increase a child’s or teen’s self-esteem have failed to do so. These programs have opted for activities full of superficial affirmations, rather than activities that discover the underlying causes of self-esteem and target interventions there. Think of it like this. Say you run over a nail with […]

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