For those of you who are both creative and technologically savvy, and who recognize the power of games as teaching tools, check out Playfic, a web-based tool that helps you craft interactive fiction. There’s a bit of a learning curve, but with a bit of time and persistence you can create a wealth of developmentally appropriate games that are tailored specifically to the needs of your clients.
While it doesn’t offer Likert scale type questions, Easy Testmaker can be a useful tool for counselors who want to do before and after assessments of their clients’ understanding of classroom guidance materials. It’s easy to use, intuitive, and fast.
It’s becoming more and more apparent that suspensions are an ineffective and oftentimes destructive disciplinary tool. In fact, many school systems are working to lower suspension rates via PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports). Back in April (and yes, I’ve had this bookmarked that long. Go me), the UCLA Civil Rights Project released a disturbing report that indicates that “36 percent of black male students with disabilities enrolled in middle and high schools were suspended at least once in the 2009-2010 academic year.” Read the full report here, or a summary article here.