Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Ultimate Data Tracking Kit: For Counseling!

Hi fellow counselors!
I hope you are all enjoying your summer! If you are like me with only a few weeks left, you are probably already starting to prepare for the new year. This includes secretly checking out the Target dollar spot 😏. For those of you who have more time left before you go back, continue to enjoy your relaxation! I would love to hear what you're up to! (leave it in the comments!)

In anticipation of the new school year approaching, I wanted to take some time to talk about my new data tracking kit, as it is one of my must-haves for my office! For those of you who do not know me, I am currently a school social worker working with all students from early childhood through 8th grade! I am the only social worker in my district, and work between 2 buildings. I LOVE my job. Working with such a wide span of ages every day is very rewarding! But with that said, for me and I'm sure for many of you, efficiency is KEY. In my recent experience, evidence of services and data collection are becoming a large need and request. For the last several years, I have been experimenting with different types of data-tracking. I would collaborate with other counselors in and out of my district and surf Pinterest, but I felt as though I still wasn't able to find something that worked best for me, and worked into my busy schedule. I also wanted many materials that all worked together as one system, complimenting each other, and increasing success. So, I started to make many of my own materials, and started using them all together. Every piece relates to the other pieces included, and I feel as though I have finally created a tested system that works for me.  All of those pieces are everything you will find in my kit, and MORE. I say more, because this kit also includes room for modification (as a bonus!) to tailor to your personal role. Most of the materials are editable, and I have included many different options throughout the kit. Why? Because we are all different. Our job title and what we studied may be similar, but our roles in our buildings may look very different, making what we need, DIFFERENT. I believe this is why it was difficult for me to find materials that worked best for me - our roles are not identical, and we need room to personalize what we use - making it what works best for US.

The Ultimate Data Tracking Kit currently includes 495 pages of tools to use with staff, with students, with student families, and help you keep records. One of the tools I love to use are the student task cards. They help hold students accountable for their goal as well, and help them responsibily work towards achieving them. I first created these for those with IEPs, but now I use them with every student on my caseload. Students select from different prompts on their cards each week related to their goal, which help you track progress and remind them what they are working towards. I have included a guide for this tool, which step-by-step helps you create your own prompts for your students. The guide also includes MANY pre-made prompts across several different topics to help you get started - just copy and paste!


Another tool I would like to highlight is the visual reminder cards included. There are 200 of them (100 in color, the same 100 in BW) across different categories. These cards are used during session. They have topics and editable cards to provide as a visual for the student. I color-coded these as well, and personally drew clipart for most as an added visual.


FORMS. I've got you covered there too! This kit includes digital and online tools, and printable/written forms. All digital tools utilize Google Drive (*Not familiar with Google Drive? Don't worry, it's free and I guide you through use 😊*). A few of the tools included are referral forms and tracking forms for time spent.  Some of the digital forms automatically track data, and some create charts to refer to. Other tools included are forms for full entry and exit from services, forms to track progress towards achieving objectives, observation forms, and forms that establish scheduled check-ins with teachers, staff, and students.  Plus, everything can be kept in a binder - and I included labels and organization directions to do so!

What I highlighted in this post are only a few things included in this kit. For the full list, to learn more, or purchase, click here! It's listed for a very affordable price. I hope you enjoy it as much as myself, my students, their families, and my fellow co-workers do! Here's to a great start to a new year. What are some other must-haves you use during the year? Leave them in the comments!  Know someone who might like this kit?  Share this post on social media like Facebook, or pin to Pinterest!

(The Creative Social Worker)

-a special thanks to my former colleague, Juliet, who helped create the digital time tracker-

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!