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Top 5 Tips: Readying Your Counseling or Teaching Program for the New School Year!


Well, here we are again with a brand new start to the school year!  Like most other educators and counselors out there, I return with mixed feelings- excitement to see all my kids again and start a fresh school year, and....a little bummed that all those 8am wake-ups and lazy weekday trips with the dogs to the park are over.  Oh with everything in life, you've got to take the good with the bad.  So let’s get motivated with five inspiring tips on how to tackle the first month back to school!!  As always, I've included some helpful resources- just click on the green links which will take you right to an article, video, or product you can use.

First, here are Bilingual Learner updates...





1. Set up your Space- don’t spend a ton of time on this since it will probably change as the year progresses. For now,  just make your classroom or counseling office comfortable to work in.


2. Meet with Colleague/s- Meet with your co-counselors or teaching team to sketch out your yearly curricular calendar (explained in next tip).  Also, start brainstorming ideas on your first 2 weeks of ESL or guidance lessons that you want to teach.  Set a weekly or monthly planning time to continue meeting regularly with your colleagues throughout the school year. 

3. Plan your calendar- Do your long-term planning for the year, aligning your activities with objectives and goals from your governing agency, such as the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) or Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL).  Here is a link to a sample counseling calendar for you to use.

4. Meet with Admin- Set up a meeting with your principal to discuss what your governing agency recommends that you do, what amazing things you are actually doing or would like to do, and what your principal needs for you to do. Show a draft of your curricular calendar so you can elicit principal feedback and modify accordingly.  This is also a good time to set up weekly or monthly meetings with your admin to give progress updates and plan next steps.  Also, if you are a school counselor, sign the ASCA Annual Agreement with your principal at this time. 

5. Start lesson planning- Now you are ready to start the fun part!  Armed with your yearly calendar, your amazing ideas for new activities, and all the fabulous resources you’ve compiled, start planning those lessons!  Here is a link to a sample ESL/EFL lesson plan that you can use as a template to plan your own lessons.  Happy Planning!

That brings me to the end of this month's post and some exciting news!  As mentioned above, I won't be blogging over the next few months as I set up my sister website,  So, check back here again in a few months for tips and resources solely dedicated to bilingual and ESL/EFL teaching! As always, you can find out about Bilingual Learner’s latest promotions, free stuff, or my counseling/ESL adventures by following my Facebook PageTwitter PagePinterest Page and Instagram Page!

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