It's been entirely too long since I wrote about life as a school counselor! There have been ups and downs since my last post. Here's a quick catch up...I dealt with my first hostile parent whose anger was directed towards me. I can honestly say that although I'm still a little shaky thinking about it, I'm okay with the fact that not every parent is going to like or understand my role at the school and what I have to do to protect and take care of their kids--and I'm incredibly thankful to have administration that will back me up and support me 100%. I witnessed the most powerful moment in a counseling session shared with two 4th grade boys. It was a solid reminder about the impact that a safe and comfortable counseling environment can have on children. I did nothing but allow them the space to talk and it was amazing to see what happened. These two boys were both dealt some difficult and unfair cards in their hand of life, but together were able to share, cry and support each other through two different yet somehow comparable chaotic life situations. I've wrapped up all of my 7 habits lessons. It was so much fun for me to do my final lesson in each class. I spent a good portion of the time reviewing the first 6 habits and am incredibly blown away by what the kids remember! Also, I'm putting together a book that I'll be sure to post some pics of when it is finished. I told the students that I wanted a scrapbook/yearbook of the school counseling program for this past year and I wanted them to be my authors. Each student got a page to write and color about their favorite habit (and why it was their favorite). It has been a joy for me to read through them and although I haven't quite figured out the best way to do so, I can't wait to bind them all together in a book. I'm thinking a large 3 ring binder and plastic sleeves. :)
Currently, I am getting ready for testing. In my district, most school counselors are also the state-testing coordinators. It is a huge job that overwhelms me and my time, but this is my second year coordinating the test and I'm certainly better at getting it together while still attempting to maximize the time that I spend each day with kids. Our theme this year is Rock the Test, and I'll be visiting classes to do some testing skills lessons this week. I can feel the school year wrapping up, but I still have a list (although not quite as long) of students who I need to check in with and follow up with. My days have lately been so busy, and I know it won't be slowing down at any point from here on out! Good luck to all of you as you begin to wrap up your school years. I hope the stress and tension of testing doesn't overwhelm you and your school climate!
PS- Here's a picture of my Rock the Test bulletin board I made. :)