Snowball’s of Advice from Bishop Carroll’s Mental Health Symposium.

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http://www.healthyplace.com/stigma/stand-up-for-mental-health/stand-up-for-mental-health-campaign/

On January 7th , 2015, during our Mental Health/ Wellness Symposium students found solutions to real world problems.

Activity: Snowball Advice

You don’t have to look far to get advice. Some of the best advice comes from your peers

  • Please write down on the form provided, a situation which  you or someone you know, may be struggling with right now. (do not add any names).
  • Crumple the form into a snowball and toss it into the center of the room.
  • When instructed by the facilitators reach down and grab one of the snowballs from the floor (making sure that it is not your original form).
  • Read over the situation and provide some healthy advice for how to handle the situation in the first column.
  • When you are done, once again crumple your paper into a snowball and toss it to the center of the room
  • Repeat steps 3-5 two more times.- try not to repeat any ideas or advice that has already been written on the form.
  • At the end of this symposium we will be collecting all of the situations and suggestions and compiling a google document. Please check back on the document at a later date to receive your peer advice.

We’re extremely excited and proud to share their thoughtful, helpful, responses. Please scan the QR code to take a look at the advice  Bishop Carroll students shared.

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Kick off to 10 Reasons to Live: Bishop Carroll’s 2nd Annual Mental Health Symposium

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Where do you go from here?.. Career Exploration with High School Students

One aspect of my job as a high school counsellor is to help my students reflect on what they may want to do after high school. I personally remember feeling very apprehensive as a student about which jobs were out there and how people actually found their careers.

The world is full of possibility. One of the ways that we at Bishop Carroll, have attempted to share these opportunities with our students was by inviting our parents and alumni to an event we called CAREER SPEED DATING.  The event was a success and we are hoping to make it an annual tradition at Bishop Carroll.

Check out the following video create by @Sspellmancann

What do you think about this event?  How do you promote Career Exploration at your own school? All suggestions and ideas are welcome

Connected Courses MOOC (#ccourses) and #oclmooc: Communities Dealing With Violations  

erinluong:

A great reflection on living and learning in our online communities

Originally posted on Building Creative Bridges:

We shouldn’t be surprised when we discover that our communities—onsite as well as online—are less safe than we expect them to be. But we are. Because we really do want to believe the best of people even though so many of them/us prove to be less than worthy of that trust. Which is probably why “trust” and “community and collaboration” are among the important aspects of online learning currently receiving attention both in the Connected Courses MOOC (#ccourses) and the Open and Connected Learning MOOC (#oclmooc)communities of learning.

ccourses_logoThese two connectivistmassive open online courses (MOOCs) are creating a wonderful sense of what is possible in well-managed and well-supported communities of learning. They are also providing ample opportunities—some of them unanticipated—for us to celebrate the positive side of online interactions and to react and respond to the less savory side of the online world—rather than abandoning online interactions…

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Spirit Week

I have the honor and the privledge of working at Bishop Carroll, one of the most fantastic schools in the city. We have a reputation for being one of the most welcoming high school communities. One of the ways we foster this sense of community is through relationship and team building opportunities.

This past week we offered a SPIRIT WEEK for our students. Each day was filled with opportunities for students to interact and have fun.

Monday- Casey the our mascot was around the building. We also hosted an In -province Post Secondary fair in the afternoon.

Tuesday-  Carroll Apparel Day. Students were encouraged to wear this years school shirts. We also had a school opening mass.

Wednesday- Clubs Day- Over the lunch hour students were invited to the gym to check out displays from our over 22 clubs. I am pleased to be one of the teacher sponsors for the anime club this year, and was proud to watch my team sign up over 30 new members.

Thursday- We had a fall sport pep rally. After school students who wanted to attend the football game were able to gather before the game to create a cheering section.

Friday- Carroll Carnival. For the last two hours of the day students were able to participate in a variety of sports and amusement activities.

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This week provided many opportunites for chats, laughs, smiles and general enjoyment. I feel that it has a fantastic impact on the school moral and cohesiveness.

How do other school build a sense of community in their buildings? I look forward to learning from you and reading your responses.

The Happiness of Being Creative… Energizing Thoughts for the Start of My School Year

Is there anything better than starting a new school year? The crisp smell of fall in the air (or a blanket of snow the first week of school if you live in Calgary), the anticipation of meeting your new students, the hope and dreams of the year to come.

Well this year I got a double bonus. Not only did I get to start a new year as a Professional School Counsellor at Bishop Carroll High School, a member of the Canadian Coalition of Self Directed Learning Schools but I have also been involved as a co-conspirator for Alberta’s first #OCLMooc.

Creating new things gives me hope and energy. I have had so much fun this month Vlogging, S’Moring, using Animoto and just generally tinkering around with technology. Here are a few of my projects I’ve been working on.

I would love any feedback you may have or suggestions for future tools or ideas to play with.

Happily yours

Erin

Bishop Carroll Counselling Department

https://www.smore.com/ddpra-connecting-with-student-services

https://www.smore.com/qs00b-anxiety

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Hope : A Message We All Need to Hear

erinluong:

Sharing an excellent reflection and resources.

Originally posted on School Counsellor Talk ... Connecting, Collaborating, Curating and Continuing Education:

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The following post was written by Vince Fowler a teacher at the Edge School in Calgary . He allowed me to share it with you. I think it is one of the best posts I have read, thus I am sharing it with you.

It would appear that the lives of most people who actively post on Facebook  are somehow living the perfect life – a life filled with laughter, with joy, money, friends, love, appreciation, amazing holidays, best job ever, best opportunities ever, etc… etc.

At times, it just might seem to you that everyone around you is having more fun than you, that their life is somehow better, more fulfilling and more rewarding than yours.

That’s just not reality.

Everyone has challenges. Everyone has fears. Everyone has pain… and I truly believe that we all have our own demons & skeletons kept secretly in our closets… under the…

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