Counseling, Group Counseling

8 Quick Lunch Bunch Activities for Elementary School

Does lunch bunch immediately make you think of spilled milk and wasted time? I hear you. You got 30 minutes max including getting students to your office and helping them open their lunches. Not exactly ideal for running counseling groups. You need quick lunch bunch activities. Instead of trying to force counseling groups into a taco

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Social Emotional Learning

8 Responsibility Activities for Elementary Students

When you have an elementary classroom with 20+ students, you have definitely wished they could be more responsible from time to time. The best way to teach a skill like responsibility is to embed it in your typical classroom routines and reinforce it with simple activities.What is Responsibility?Responsibility is doing what you say you will,

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Counseling Techniques: Reframing Negative Thoughts

Lots of the students you see for individual or group counseling struggle with some sort of negative thinking. Those negative thoughts can lead to negative feelings and negative actions. We can teach kids not to just think more positively, but also how to reframe negative thoughts.  Let’s use a cognitive behavioral therapy technique called cognitive

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Social Emotional Learning

7 Classroom Community Building Activities

A positive classroom community can make your job as a teacher easier. It will help your students enter the room each day engaged and calm. Building a strong classroom community is done through everyday actions and activities. While it happens over time, it is something you can be purposeful about. Let’s explore seven ways to

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Social Emotional Learning

Strategies to Reduce Anxiety in the Classroom

Is it really necessary to incorporate strategies to reduce anxiety in your classroom or school? Short answer, yes. 30% of students will struggle with significant anxiety at some point during their childhood and adolescence. Most of them, will never receive any formal support and only 1% of those affected will get treatment in the first

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Social Emotional Learning

4 Steps to Positive Thinking: Activities for Elementary

Take a moment to think about the times during the day it would help students to use positive self talk. I doubt you are at a loss to name some. Learning to give ourselves positive messages versus negative ones can be the push we need to try something new or try again. When students learn

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Counseling, Social Emotional Learning

Hands On Calming Strategy Activity for Deep Breathing

Deep breathing is one of the best calming strategies you can teach your students. It’s effective and they always have it with them. While it is simple, students often need to be exposed to it many times and in many different ways. This calming strategy activity has students make their own breathing stick to help

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Counseling, Social Emotional Learning

10 Student Check-In Activities to Connect and Understand

As the year gets into it’s rhythm, we often lose the opportunities to check-in with students. I’m sure there have been times that you have wondered how your students are feeling or what they are thinking. Incorporating a daily student check-in activity or question is a great way to keep those connections open. Check-ins communicate that

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