Beginning of year office photos & info

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In June I blogged about my struggle to find my ‘just right’ school. You must be wondering, did she find it? Well, I’m very happy to say that I did. In fact, I found two ‘just right’ schools! I feel so good about joining both of my schools that I haven’t even really been stressed about it, which I have to say is a welcome change.

In honor of finding my ‘just right’ schools, I’d like to share some photos of one of my offices since I put in a lot of work to make it welcoming and kid-friendly. My other office is still coming together.

Entrance

Entrance

Shout Out Wall

Shout out wall for students to write messages

Welcome

Welcome to my room!

Books and Desk

My bookshelf and my desk

Desk

My desk

Shelves

Shelves with games and toys

Walls

Counseling signs

Table Area

Table area, bean bag chairs, feelings posters

Calm Down Corner

Calm down corner

Breathe Relax

Positive message for students

Worry Stones

Worry stones

Worry Eaters

I love my new Worry Eaters from Child Therapy Toys!

I’d also like to share two documents that I created to help educate staff about my role. One of the unique things about my two schools is that they haven’t had a School Counselor in a very long time. Lucky for them, they’ve hired a School Counselor who loves to advocate! 🙂

On the left is an intro letter to staff and on the right is a document that explains what a School Counselor does. You can click on each picture to access the document.

Intro Letter to Staff pic       What Does a School Counselor do pic

I hope you enjoyed the tour and I wish you a successful school year! 🙂

My office, downsized plus plants

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This year, I am in the same office space as last year. It has it’s pros and cons, and this year I decided to make some changes to make the best out of the space. Basically, I downsized in any way possible. I got rid of stuff that I hadn’t used in years, instead of holding onto it all “just in case.” When you have a small office, I think de-cluttering is important.

So here starts my office tour through pictures:

This is the bulletin board right outside my room. I wanted to display a message that is simple, meaningful, and something I could leave up for a while. I used bright poster paper for the background. I love the finished product!

(P.S. I used a trash can to trace the smiley face…shhh! Gotta improvise sometimes, right??)

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Last year, I encountered a lot of interruptions because I was “right there” (very close to classrooms and lots of people walking by all day long).

I’m hoping having this sign on my door will help remind people about the need for privacy:

Counseling in progress

I created this sign to welcome students and staff as they enter my room. I often have staff pop in my doorway to talk or ask questions, and I’m hoping this sign will be appreciated:

I'll be there

My counseling table (where all the magic happens!) and the shelves above. I got rid of a lot of stuff on the wooden shelves to open them up and not be so crowded:

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Here’s my famous “chill out” area! Bean bag chair with pillow, stuffed animals, puppets, stress balls, and feelings posters:

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My desk area! I did a lot of downsizing here too and moved my monstrous filing cabinet over here so the chill out area (above) could have more space. If you can spot the two fake plants, YOU WIN! (Okay, you don’t actually win anything, but I got you to smile a little bit, right?)  I don’t have a window, so it was money well spent:

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My go-to shelves! I moved my books over here for easier access and so my students could see titles better. The close up shows the feelings flip chart, a couple stuffies, and the green basket holds my new Kimochis (I can’t wait to use these!):

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More close ups of my shelves with many of my go-to games and the Worry Box, which holds onto many worries so students don’t have to. Also featured is my sand tray and bins holding plastic miniatures for a little play therapy:

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I hope you enjoyed the tour!

Who says small offices can’t be welcoming AND functional?? Not me! 🙂

Office before & after 2013

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With one week left of summer, I received a call from my new principal informing me that I was swapping rooms with a colleague. My stuff was being packed by maintenance and I was to come unpack when I could.

Whoa. Talk about INSTANT STRESS!!!

However, the room I moved into is in the main building (previously, I’ve been holed away in a portable outside). So it goes without saying that I am beyond excited to be INSIDE the school building, with greater access to classrooms, students, the office, bathrooms, and running water! Eeeeeeeeee!!

Here are some before and after pictures of my office. I’ve done a lot of work! I can’t wait to begin inviting students inside.

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Before (so many boxes!)

Room before2

Before (more boxes).

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Entrance to my room (notice my sign to the right of my door).

Room2

Table area and shelves with counseling games, tools, books, etc.

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My desk and work area (notice my confidentiality poster).

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The “chill out” area – rug, pillows, stuffed animals, puppets, and emotions posters.

You may have noticed I don’t have a window. Bummer! I plan to supplement with a mirror or nice poster that looks like a window. I’m still thinking!

Hope you enjoyed the tour!  😀

And….here’s a picture of the bulletin board I created for the beginning of school and open house night. (It’s Pinterest-inspired!)

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And finally, here’s the official video tour of my new office. I made this video to show students in their classrooms. It only took about 5 takes! (Thanks to my husband for being cameraman.)

Official video tour