Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Book Review!!! What's Under Your Cape?: Superheroes of the Character Kind

Hello Everyone!!  I just wanted to take a few minutes to share my review of one of my blogging friend's brand new book!!!  I have been following Barbara Gruener's blog for a number of years now, and although we have never met, I feel we are friends in real life!!!

Barbara Gruener, author of the Blog the Corner on Character, has recently published a very short but FANTASTIC book titled What's Under YOUR Cape:  Superheroes of the Character Kind!!!  You can purchase that book here!!

In a nutshell, if you love Barbara's blog, you will absolutely adore this book!!  She utilizes an acronym for the word SUPERHEROES, which really captures the essence of character!!!

She really really makes it feel like you are sitting there with her, retelling her wonderful stories of teaching and counseling students while incorporating character education!!  I really loved how she shared her character lessons and infused these stories with ideas to take it even further!!!  You can definitely hear Barbara singing throughout the book!!!

If you are planning to do ANY Character Education in the upcoming school year, I strongly suggest you read this book and incorporate it's lessons and ideas into your teaching/counseling!!

Please feel free to share this review!!!  THANKS!!!!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


As we finish up another school year, I start reflecting on this past year and start anticipating the next school year.  For one of my schools, that means change!   We are losing some staff to different buildings, some are retiring and grade levels are being changed around.  There has been a lot of different emotions circulating around the building this past month!

It got me thinking about changes I would like to make with my school counseling program, how I connect with students and parents, facilitating Play Therapy into my sessions, how I incorporate technology and how I want this blog to help me with those endeavors!!

Sometimes CHANGE is scary, but most times it is a great opportunity for growth!  It is with this opportunity for growth that I am looking at these areas for change.

Change is defined by as:  


  [cheynj]  Show IPA
verb (used with object), changed, chang·ing.
to make the form, naturecontent, future course, etc., of (something) different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone: to change one's nameto change one's opinion; to change the course of history.

As I begin this endeavor for change, I will start posting about how that progress is going.  Many of you know that I really enjoy and practice Play Therapy in my school counseling program.  I want to incorporate more of that into this forum.  You may even see some changes to this blog (hint hint, maybe in the form of a new name and new style)!!  Stay tuned for the updates!!!