Five for Friday – 12.05.14


Hey VASC Members! It’s Five for Friday!

Jump Start your weekend with these interesting articles, educational links and resources we’ve been “pinning.” Check out these posts concerning listening circles, high school counselors, a lesson on privilege, hope and kindness during the holidays .  Follow ‘VASC School Counselor’ on Pinterest to get even more great resources!


1. “Community circles are a simple instructional routine that can transform your classroom. Used with intention, circles shape a listening culture where students practice giving attention to each other and “saying just enough” — two essential skills for healthy relationships. For educators, this ritual keeps our finger on the pulse of student needs while helping us to orchestrate a safe, caring group dynamic.”

via How to Bring Listening Circles to Your Class | Edutopia.


2. “Michelle Obama focused her remarks on the importance of high-school guidance counselors, and the inequities in the current system.

“Right now, a small number of students are getting every advantage in the college admissions race, while millions of other students who are just as talented can’t even begin to compete,” she said. “We are depriving ourselves of so much human potential.””

via The Talk—and Pledges—at the White House Summit on College Opportunity – The Ticker – Blogs – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Middle school bus shots.

3. “[Valerie] Maholmes recently spoke with NEA Today about her research and how educators can create a learning environment in which hope thrives.”

via How Can ‘Hope’ Help Vulnerable Students Succeed? – NEA Today.



4. “The game is simple — you all represent the country’s population. And everyone in the country has a chance to become wealthy and move into the upper class.”

via This Teacher Taught His Class A Powerful Lesson About Privilege.



5. “We also talked about what we can do in school that would be a random act of kindness as well as at home and in our community.  Then we brainstormed different things we could do to help others this holiday season.”

via The Middle School Counselor: Teaching Kindness During The Holiday Season


And a BONUS FIVE FOR FRIDAY! Check out our latest GRADUATE STUDENT OF THE MONTH POST! Kerri Tracy, December Graduate Student of the Month – Virginia Alliance for School Counseling.



Your Virginia Alliance for School Counseling Board

PS Did you miss our post about Graduate Student of the Month, Amanda Clark!  Read all about it here

Meet Amanda Clark, Graduate Student of the Month – Virginia Alliance for School Counseling.


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