Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Check it out!

Check out this post I guest blogged for my friend Carol (The Middle School Counselor)! It features 2 of my products with several pictures and details of how I use them with my middle school students. Happy March!


Monday, January 2, 2017

Back From Break: No Prep, Just Print & Implement Counseling/Sped Resources

Coming back from break can be such a struggle.  Getting out of bed, getting ready, and getting to school can take more than enough effort before you're thinking "I can go back home now right?"  It can definitely be exciting to see everyone again and catch up with students, but for me, (and I assume most of you!), it is also a time of panic: "oh my gosh, I have to observe this student, schedule these students, collaborate with this teacher, call that parent, catch up on e-mails, voice-mails, finish progress reports, schedule that evaluation, begin testing for an initial, how far did I get my Medicaid billing done before break?...".  The list goes on and on.  And to top it off, I have to lesson plan for my students?!  Now, after a holiday, sometimes this can be pretty easy, but I definitely find it helpful to have no prep, just print and implement resources that I can just whip out to use with my students - easing the transition back to work, and allowing me to focus on the other 100 things I just remembered after returning from break haha.  So, I have teamed up with my fellow counselors to bring some of our favorite resources all in one place!  Below you will find free and paid counseling/special education resources that I hope you find as helpful as we do :)

-The Creative Social Worker

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Kids Say the Darndest' Things!

As social workers, it can be very easy to get wrapped up in all of the negative, and sometimes we can feel defeated or discouraged.  But it is because of this that I try to focus on the positive (isn't this what we were trained to do anyway? lol), no matter how difficult it might be at times.  As a second year social worker, I have learned to make an effort to take a step back, and always look at the bigger picture.  What do I think?  If I wasn't receiving some of the other feedback I did from other staff, would I still have the same opinion?  It can be tough not to get wrapped up into assumptions at times, or jump to conclusions, and I believe this to be a very powerful and important skill to remember day-to-day.

But back to the positive.  I will touch on the previous topic later, but it is just one example of why it is important to remember the positive!  So, in the comments below, tell me any stories of the funniest thing you have heard a student say!  Here is mine:

At the time I was running a social work group in the Life Skills classroom which consisted of 1st-4th, and one student (we will call him Joe) communicated mostly with a communication device, but didn't like to participate during group.  On this particular day, we were discussing the characters from a popular Social Thinking book, and I was having the students remind me what their names were.  That day they were all a little extra quiet.  So we are discussing the characters, and I had asked if anyone could tell me the name of one of the boys in the book.  Joe raised his hand, and I was so excited, thinking "Great! He is going to participate!"  So I call on Joe, and his answer, loudly I might add, was "JOHN CENA!!"  He then proceeded to sing the entire entry song that plays on WWE when John Cena takes the stage!!  Now, thanks to the man in my life, I know all about WWE, about the wrestlers, and I know their entry music (sadly?).  Because of this Joe and I were cracking up, although the rest of the group unfortunately had no idea what had happened haha.  Needless to say, I was able to connect with this student because of this, and it was one of the greatest moments I have had as a social worker.  I will never forget this!!  And I hope it gave you a little laugh!

The Creative Social Worker

Sunday, October 23, 2016

New Products and Thanks!

Hi everyone!

I wanted to thank you for participating in my giveaway!  As promised, I have posted many new items in my store.  Check them out below, and be sure to look out for more!  I have also been putting together a post about organization in small spaces among other information, so be sure to look out for that well!


Kylie (The Creative Social Worker)



Sunday, October 9, 2016

Instagram Product Drawing!!

My Instagram product drawing is now open for entries! This large product is a great tool for coping skills as an activity and classroom management system, and will be available for purchase in my shop tomorrow! It contains over 44 pages, 22 feelings, and 23 coping skills, plus the images I made are not sold separately! BUT one person will win it for free on Instagram! (Drawing will close at 3pm on 10/10)
**Drawing Directions** 1) find my Instagram "original posting" for my blog giveaway 2) comment on it and tag 2 people!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Blog Launch Giveaway!

Hi Everyone!

My blog giveaway is finally here! Throughout this weekend there will be several events:

First, I will be hosting a giveaway right here on my blog to begin at 8:00 am Friday, October 7th, and will close at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, October 12. The winner will be announced right here at 9:00 pm on Wednesday! With a little help from my special educator friends, we will be giving away a $25 gift card to Teachers Pay Teachers, $25 gift card to the Mint Julep Boutique, and 2 winners will receive 10 PECS visuals of their choice, donated by ZippadeeZazz (excluding the 141 Visual Aids Bundle).

Second, I will be having a bonus sale in my Teachers Pay Teachers store one surprise day before Tuesday, where everything in my shop will be 20% off!

Third, I will be posting 10-12 brand new products of an amazing variety the day of my sale in my Teachers Pay Teachers store so be sure to check my store or back here to find out when it has launched!

Lastly, I will be giving away a brand new large product on Instagram, so be sure to follow me on there as The Creative Social Worker

Hopefully these prizes can make this 3-4 day weekend a little bit better! Don't forget to enter the giveaway below when it goes live Friday morning!

-The Creative Social Worker

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