Category Archives: Counselor’s Corner

How to Motivate Students with Effective Praise

By Amanda C. Symmes, LICSW Motivating students can be a challenging part of the work we do in schools. Kids often report not liking school, and when asked what they do enjoy, they often answer with video games or some … Continue reading

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What Are Students Really Learning from Suspension?

By Stephanie Filio I work in a school that has a little over 1,500 sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. With so many youngsters in one building, there are bound to be some poor choices and mistakes made as these students … Continue reading

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Creating a Trauma-Informed Learning Environment

By Amanda C. Symmes, LICSW We live in a time when trauma seems to be everywhere. Divorce is not uncommon. There have been numerous shootings in schools. Drugs and suicide continue to steal people every day. Poverty and abuse overwhelm, … Continue reading

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Student Engagement and the Power of Connecting

By Stephanie Filio Retaining a student’s attention is only a small part of what educators do to ensure that students are engaged in material. Engagement in learning is a constant cognitive immersion. In environments where this constant immersion is occurring, … Continue reading

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It’s Like Riding a Bike: Work-Life Balance for Educators

By Amanda C. Symmes, LICSW Recently, my youngest child learned how to ride a bike. Again. You might think riding a bike is something you do once and never have to relearn. Well, for him it’s been a different process. … Continue reading

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