Right outside my front door... I found a great tutorial from here and added a little flair of my own.
When you first walk in... These are all wall art that I created at home. Cheap and easy!! The green one is Dr. Seuss and the smaller one says "refuse to be average".
This is my comfy confessional corner. The kids love the chair and I just recently found the green bean pouf chair at Target for only $13! The whole idea is to make a safe place for the students to sit and talk- away from that "office" feel.
As you can see, there is also a sign that says CHAMPS. This is a classroom management tool that my school uses and that I really like!
Conversation (how,why and to whom may students talk?)
Help (how do students get help or attention?)
Activity (what is the task or end product of the activity?)
Movement (when and why may students move around?)
Participation (what does on task behavior look like?)
Success! (no explanation necessary!)
I will be using this with my small groups and each time that I go into a classroom- it adds consistency and structure that often counselors can lack in these settings.
This is an awesome rug that I inherited from the last counselor. It is called the Peace Walk and helps students who are in conflict follow a logical guide to solve their problem. We use a program called Peace Builders, a school-wide initiative for positive behavior support. This was their creation!
This is something that I just created today. It is a "coping tree". The sign says, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." I cut these apples out and they will be put in the tree by students. Each apple will have a coping strategy a student can use in the midst of their situation. Specifically, I will be using this tree with my Deployment and Changing Family group- but will be great to refer to with my individual students.
Here: I am building my resources. I have books that are great for the kids and some that I refer to as well. You can see buckets that I just bought for "bucket filling" activities, bubbles for relaxation tips for the kids, lemons from my intro lesson, a big microphone, and even Jenga (the cheap version!) The other awesome item I just bought are these blank picture key chains. I am going to use them in Deployment group- the kids will bring a picture of their loved one and then decorate the key chain. They will be able to carry it around all the time!!
I hope that you enjoyed Part One of my office tour! I am very proud of what it looks right now. : )