Let's talk about one of my favorite subjects this week! Growth Mindset versus Fixed Mindset! Do you ever think or feel like there's no point in working on something difficult because you're just not good at [insert any topic here] anyway? For example, when I was in school chemistry was really hard for me! So I might have said to myself, "There's no point in even studying for the test because I'm not good at science and I'll never understand it anyway." THAT'S a Fixed Mindset! Instead, I could have told myself, "Well, I may never become the next prize winning chemist, but I can at least study this material and do the best I can." THIS is having a Growth Mindset! When it comes to learning, growing, and getting better at ANYTHING, it takes having a Growth Mindset to get there! Watch this short video to find out what I'm talking about.....
EVERYONE experiences times of sadness and anxiousness throughout their lives. No one can prevent these feelings from happening all the time, even though many of us would like to avoid them as much as possible because they're uncomfortable emotions. But what happens when someone gets "stuck" and can't figure out how to move past the sadness or anxiety? This can lead to depression or severe anxiety. Below is a short video that can help you understand what anxiety and depression are and why we sometimes have a difficult time letting them go. Sadness and anxiety are not "bad" emotions. We need all of our emotions! It's when we can't let the the sadness or anxiety go that it helps to talk to someone who can help us through it. As always, please reach out to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need to talk to someone. Or check out the list of outside resources and agencies that I provided in last week's post.
Need help but not sure who to call or where to turn? While I'm always here to offer you support, guidance, or a listening ear, here's a list of outside resources you or someone you know might find helpful:
211 Get Connected. Get Help:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline :
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Friendship Line (Adults 60+, their caregivers, or younger adults/disabilities):
California Youth Crisis Line:
Crisis Text Line :
Text: HOME to 741741
Never Never Give Up, You Matter:
YouMatter - https://youmatter.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
*Drug-Free Kids Helpline:
1-855-378-4373 or text: 55753
Stop the Hate: In a variety of languages -social and legal help:
Or text 839863
The Trevor Project (LGBTQ) :
Text “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200
Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860
This week in my Google Classroom I shared an introduction to Mindfulness and how it might help us all in these very uncertain times. With so much going on in the world right now, it's easy to feel overwhelmed, anxious, and even a little fearful of what the future holds. Something I shared with my students last year to help with this is called Mindfulness. This short video gives you a quick introduction to what Mindfulness is and how it can help all of us learn to pause, take notice of what's happening in the moment, and accept and be grateful for the small things in life. Give it a try and feel free to ask me more about how it can help you!
Hi everyone! Remember, I started a Google Classroom for counseling information and services: Discovery Counseling Corner. I’m offering drop-in counseling via Zoom every Monday and Friday from 1-2pm. The link is in my Google Classroom, code: qxe5cac. If there are students in the waiting room, sessions will be limited to 10 minutes and a one-on-one follow up appointment will be scheduled. To schedule time with me outside of these hours, please feel free to contact her via email at any time: email@example.com.
Last week, I shared a video about teens and digital drama. Who hasn’t heard about or experienced that?!? I know that while we’re all spending more time at home and not able to connect with our friends at school or in person, social media, texting, and other online activities are how we’re interacting with each other. What are you doing to make sure things stay positive? What are you doing when things turn negative or hurtful? Do you know how to walk away or tell an adult when someone has gone too far? Be sure to check out the video and share what you think. And check back on Monday for my newest topic!
***8th graders: Are you interested in joining the California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF)? Remember, the application can be found as a Form in my Google Classroom. All applications are due by Monday, August 31th, no later than 11:59pm! Our 1st meeting will be Wednesday, September 2nd, at 1pm. I’m looking forward to seeing what projects we come up with together.***
Mrs. Prescott has started a Google Classroom for counseling information and services: Discovery Counseling Corner. Mrs. Prescott has started offering drop-in counseling via Zoom every Monday and Friday from 1-2pm. The link is in her Google Classroom, code: qxe5cac. If there are students in the waiting room, sessions will be limited to 10 minutes and a one-on-one follow up appointment will be scheduled. To schedule time with Mrs. Prescott outside of these hours, please feel free to contact her via email at any time: firstname.lastname@example.org. Each week, she also will be adding fun, interesting, and useful information to help students and families with mind, body, and social emotional wellness. Make sure to join her Google Classroom and check in every week to see what's new!