Counseling Office Updates
Individual Learning Plan: Please look at your Grade Level Google Classroom for the ILP Assignment - due December 1.
Seniors: Mid-Year Plan Information - please reach out to your Counselor before November 20th - if you want to discuss this option.
Reminder: If you have not completed the Suicide Prevention Training - please see your SPT Google Classroom for the next make-up session. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Kevin Fowler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mental Health Coping Strategies during NTI
Mindfulness: Mindfulness means paying full attention to something. It means taking your time to really notice what you're doing. Mindfulness happens naturally sometimes.
Stress: Feeling like there are too many pressures and demands on you? Losing sleep worrying about tests and schoolwork? Eating on the run because your schedule is just too busy? You're not alone. Everyone feels stressed out at times — adults, teens, and even kids. But you can avoid getting too stressed out by handling everyday pressures and problems, staying calm, asking for help when you need it, and making time to relax.
Anxiety: Everyone has feelings of anxiety, nervousness, tension, and stress from time to time. Here are 5 ways to help manage them here.
Be Your Best Self: We all want to be happy. But we sometimes think of happiness as a thing that happens to us — something we have no control over. It's easy to link the idea of happiness with the situation we're in. We might tell ourselves, "If only things were different, then I'd be happy."
Gratitude: Gratitude is one of many positive emotions. It's about focusing on what's good in our lives and being thankful for the things we have. Gratitude is pausing to notice and appreciate the things that we often take for granted, like having a place to live, food, clean water, friends, family, even computer access. It's taking a moment to reflect on how fortunate we are when something good happens — whether it's a small thing or a big thing.
The Ten Study Habits of Successful Students
Successful students have good study habits. They apply these habits to all of their classes. Read about each study habit. Work to develop any study habit you do not have. Successful students:
1. Try not to do too much studying at one time. If you try to do too much studying at one time, you will not be very effective. Space the work you have to do over shorter periods of time. Taking short breaks will restore your mental energy.
2. Plan specific times for studying. Study time is any time you are doing something related to schoolwork. It can be completing assigned reading, working on a paper or project, or studying for a test. Schedule specific times throughout the week for your study time.
3. Try to study at the same times each day. Studying at the same times each day establishes a routine that becomes a regular part of your life, just like sleeping and eating. When a scheduled study time comes up during the day, you will be mentally prepared to begin studying.
4. Set specific goals for your study times. Goals will help you stay focused and monitor your progress. Simply sitting down to study has little value. You must be very clear about what you want to accomplish during your study times.
5. Start studying when planned. You may delay starting your studying because you don’t like an assignment or think it is too hard. A delay in studying is called “procrastination.” If you procrastinate for any reason, you will find it difficult to get everything done when you need to. You may rush to make up the time you wasted getting started, resulting in careless work and errors.
6. Work on the assignment you find most difficult first. Your most difficult assignment will require the most effort. Start with your most difficult assignment since this is when you have the most mental energy.
7. Review your notes before beginning an assignment. Learn good study tips on how to study and retain information. Reviewing your notes can help you make sure you are doing an assignment correctly. Also, your notes may include information that will help you complete an assignment.
8. Tell your friends not to text/call you during their study times. Two study problems can occur if your friends text/call you during your study times. First, your work is interrupted. It is not that easy to get back to what you were doing. Second, your friends may talk about things that will distract you from what you need to do. Here’s a simple idea – turn off your cell phone during your study times.
9. Call another student when you have difficulty with an assignment. This is a case where “two heads may be better than one.”
10. Review your schoolwork over the weekend. Yes, weekends should be fun time. But there is also time to do some review. This will help you be ready to go on Monday morning when another school week begins.
There are 16 Career Clusters in the National Career Clusters Framework to help learners navigate their way to greater success in college and career.
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