I know this blog has a heavy focus on bullying, but it’s a big issue and one with so many gray areas that many struggle with what it looks like in day-to-day reality and how to deal with it when they see it. Addressing bullying doesn’t have to be a big deal, though. It doesn’t necessarily require dramatic school-wide assemblies or expensive anti-bullying campaigns. What it does require is consistent, every-day leadership on the part of teachers and staff that reinforces positive social interaction while refusing to further empower those students who make poor choices in their interactions with their classmates.

As part of our job, many if not most school counselors are responsible for regular classroom guidance lessons in social/emotional development and college/career planning. This lovely graphic of Bloom’s Taxonomy, applied during our lesson planning, can help ensure that we teach well-rounded and complete lessons.

Today’s classrooms are often geared toward extroverts. There aren’t many teachers who don’t love the gregarious, involved student whose hand shoots up in the air to answer questions and who participates eagerly in class discussions. Introverts can be harder to reach, harder to understand, and sometimes (often?) get left behind, forgotten behind their more outgoing classmates’ contributions. But the truth is, introverts have a lot to offer, if only given the time to process their thoughts and allowed to participate in the ways that are the most comfortable for them. How to do that? Here are some great ideas that might be of benefit to school counselors and teachers alike.