Category Archives: School Counseling

Friendship Timeline

In this week’s reading, I was introduced to the Center for Digital Story Telling.  The center’s mission is to “listen deeply, tell stories”   How wonderful to be encouraged to listen deeply to stories. In my guidance lessons, specially with younger … Continue reading

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Presentation Nightmare

Two years ago I was introduced to Garr Reynold’s Presentation Zen by Elizabeth Hubbell when she came to ASIJ to do a workshop.  Reynold’s books were highly recommended and I became an instant fan.  Unfortunately, becoming a fan is  much easier … Continue reading

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Be the “One”

How Does Visual Literacy Play a Role in My Classroom? So many guidance class ideas and concepts (problem solving, being a constructive community member, handing anger, reporting vs. tattling, to name a few) can be communicated with images and visuals. … Continue reading

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Being Visual

COETAIL Course 3:  Visual Literacy: Effective Communicators and Creators Visual literacy is something I’ve never studied formally, but have always wanted to.  I enjoy scrapbooking, and doing needle point (please don’t ask when was the last time I did either … Continue reading

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Bullying and Cyberbullying

Bullying  “a pattern of repeated behavior that is meant to hurt someone(physically, emotionally, or socially) and usually has an imbalance of power (physical or social)” Definition from Bullying in the Girl’s World by Diane Senn As an elementary school counselor, … Continue reading

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Blog Identity Crisis

Who is my blog. What does it stand for. What is it really about? Shinjuku West was originally created in February  2011,  well before I’d even heard of the  COETAIL class.   At that point,  my blog was a place for … Continue reading

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Here I Go

Writing this final post for COETAIL course 1, I am becoming clearer about what to focus on in elementary school guidance lessons. And that is — “collaboration”. Over the years, I have emphasized “problem solving skills”, and kids have made … Continue reading

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