Sunday, January 20, 2019

Introduction:  SSW Group Activities We Love

In this blog, I will share various group activities that I have found to be effective for students at different grade levels.  The Google Slide (collected here in a short video) was created with current school social work students from Loyola University Chicago.  In every slide, I share how each activity is linked to the Danielson Framework for teacher evaluation (more on that below), as well as the SEL standards established by CASEL.

Making A Good Environment For SSW Groups

I have found that it is important that the environment where you conduct the groups is inviting for students.  The environment sets the tone and mood for students.  When students walk into your office, they need to feel welcomed as well. Here’s what my office looks like at my school:

Danielson Framework

Additionally, according to the Danielson Framework for School Social Workers it is vital that school social workers create goals and objectiv...

Monday, August 13, 2018

                                                               21st Century School Social Worker

My name is Marjorie Colindres Metcalf.  I have been a school social worker since 2012.  As a school social worker, my goal is to share practical and effective strategies based on my own experiences.

There are key qualities and skills that a 21st century school social worker needs to develop.  It is important to communicate effectively with all stakeholders by developing a relationship.   Social media has made it more accessible to develop relationships and share resources within the community and globally. By being a risk taker it is also important to incorporate new methods and interventions that are being created in the growing world of education.  Embracing change and having a strength-based perspective can allow a school social wor...

Friday, April 27, 2018

As summer is approaching, it is important to help your children or teens to continue developing their independence skills.  While your children are at school, they are constantly developing their independence skills by:

  • Writing their homework on their assignment notebook

  • Putting away their backpacks

  • Transitioning from class to class

  • Ensuring their work area is neat

  • Turning-in homework on time

  • Checking their grades

  • Balancing school work while being involved in extra-curricular activities

  • Developing self-advocacy skills and asking for help when necessary

  • Cleaning their backpack, lockers, and lunch bags

These are some of the skills that are being reinforced on a daily basis while being at school.  In the summer time, it is important to continuously reinforce these skills. Children and teens who develop these skills have a better ability to self-advocate, be responsible, and be assertive with decision making.  Therefore, those who have acquired...

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