Category Archives: Counselor’s Corner

Taming the Beast and Curtailing Screen Time

By Stephanie Filio The preteen and teen brain operates largely on emotion and feelings, which can get confusing during these years of rapid-fire hormones. Eventually, the brain gets so tired it surrenders and gives the green light to things like … Continue reading

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Using Micro-Affirmations with Students

By Amanda C. Symmes, LICSW A few years ago, I worked with a student who used a nickname, and I assumed that she liked this nickname. Then one day, while doing a group activity with students, the topic of “liking … Continue reading

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How Children Learn Bias

By Stephanie Filio Bias does not stem from fact, so the concept can be abstract and difficult to grasp. Bias is the manifestation of deeply rooted connections our brains have made between our experiences, things we are told, and grouped … Continue reading

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How to Discuss Hot-Button Issues in the Classroom with Tolerance and Poise

By Jean Sunde Peterson, Ph.D., author of How (and Why) to Get Students Talking: 78 Ready-to-Use Group Discussions About Anxiety, Self-Esteem, Relationships, and More (Grades 6–12) Each year, at the first three-hour meeting of an introductory counseling course, I included … Continue reading

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The Upside to Conflicts in Middle School

By Stephanie Filio I’m sitting at a busy lunch table full of sixth graders. There is energy you can’t put your finger on and a deafening hum that continues from the first lunch all the way to the last. All … Continue reading

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