The Importance of Play in Elementary Schools

The Importance of Play in Elementary Schools

I was currently published in the International Journal of Play Therapy for my research done during my graduate work at the University of Saint Thomas. I focused my research on the effectiveness of using play activities during small group lessons to help improve appropriate classroom behaviors. I wish I could freely share my research here, but I think the IJPT wouldn’t appreciate that much. Please take some time to look for it though. The article title is Examining the Use of Play Activities to Increase Appropriate Classroom Behaviors. Below I have given you excerpts from the unedited version of my manuscript, including all the research I did on people who previously utilized play in schools. Read more

Fishing for Feelings

Fishing for Feelings

My favorite part of this lesson was it’s particular way of raging against my typical lesson format (story, lesson, written activity). Not that I’d say I’m stuck in a lesson format rut, but why change what’s not broken. I guess it’s the teacher in me that feels everything needs a written (assessment) component. Read more

Fresh Start

Fresh Start

I started my 3rd year as school counselor with a fresh new room (well really I just rearranged the furniture) and fresh new lessons.

I am extremely blessed to have such a large room to be working in, but at times (during these past two years) it turned into a race track. With no division of work space and play space, my computer area turned into a tennis court, with balls bouncing on the back walls.

I thought this year I would rearrange so that each different section of my room had a purpose. Read more

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Fresh Start

We started our 2013-2014 school year last week and some things have changed!

There were many things I wanted to change about my program throughout last year. Instead of getting overwhelmed, I jotted down all my “enhances” (we shall call them that instead) and decided I’d started these enhances this year. Read more

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Ta-daa!

The finished product looks something like this:

Hand painted tree –

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Old Oak Tree

Errands . . .

I had many to run since I left everything on my to-do list until yesterday morning.

Thank goodness for coupons, they saved me $20 at Joann’s Fabrics. My strategy was simple – buy as much fabric as humanly possible and cover as many inches of my stained walls as I could.

I also went to Teacher Heaven. Mainly to keep with tradition. You can’t start a school year without spending a good amount of time in some sort of teacher supply store. Read more

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Sunday Appreciations

Sunday Appreciations:

1. I got to hang out with my friends all night Friday night. We ate, drank, and played Rock Band! Yes, I seriously played Rock Band and I’m actually really addicted to it! We were probably the best band around, no thanks to my terrible singing considering I missed the whole point until half way through our hour long session, but whatev! Read more