Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Five years of burgeoning as a school psychologist.

This 2015 - 2016 academic year, I will mark 5 years of service as a school psychologist.  This is especially important for me because I am beginning to apply for my Professional License as a school psychologist this year. For the last five years, I've had an Initial license.

As I sit here and eat my lunch on a very gray and rainy day, I'm taking stock of myself as a school psychologist. What have I learned in the last 5 years, that preempts my move from Initial to Professional licensed school psychologist? Now before you go any further with reading this post, please understand that I am in the beginning stages of trying to live mindfully in all aspects of my life, and this decision has had a massively negative impact on my stress-eating habits, but yielded incredibly positive changes in my waistline. When stressed, rather than re-actively reach for the nearest piece of chocolate or race to the nearest doughnut shop for two sumptuous chocolate frosted donuts, I've been allowing myself to experience my stress and examining the reasons behind my compulsions.  I know, I'm rationalizing the fact that I am a bit dour and cranky today. I could wait to write this post when I am in a better frame of mind, however, seeing that my last post was published this past April, I'm striking while my writing irons are hot.

I could spend several hours and attack you with giant blocks of text on screen in my bid to share the highlights of my 5 years as a school psychologist, however I am choosing to exercise some restraint and come up with just 5 things that my job has taught me. One lesson for each year I've spent burgeoning as a school psychologist.
  • My reports are my lasting legacy. 
  • Books in your office look nice, but get dusty
  • Eating in the teacher's room is over-rated
  • Sometimes it's okay to know and still say nope
  • This is just a job
I'm hoping that in another 5 years when I'll have to renew my professional license, I will have 5 more incredibly profound lessons to share. In the meantime, I'm going to spend the next few weeks frantically counting up my PDPs to make sure I have enough to meet the states requirements. Come back next week to read my first lesson - My reports are my lasting legacy.

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My space

Late in August, I excitedly posted a picture of my sweet new office space in one of my school buildings.  Now many of you who've followed my blog for years (something that still astounds me by the way) know that I've paid my dues enclosed in a teeny cinder block room.  The fact that I now have a natural light option to brighten my space is exhilarating!

At the request of a few people, I'm sharing images of my space all set up.  Next week, I'll post pictures of my other office.  The one that does not have quite as much natural light as this one - but I still LOVE it, because it's mine! All mine!

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

The joy of doing "Nothing"

For the past glorious week, I've been on spring break.
Away from the noise of school - which included the noise of testing, of meetings, of teachers, of parents.
I've been home with my children, being an awesome mom and a lousy school psychologist by putting no limits on electronics, making no schedules or following any routines. I can proudly state that I don't know if my children bathed at all while they were on my watch.

And while we all wallowed in our filth and sloth, I re-inflated my brain.  I took great lengths to ensure that I was as distraction free as possible. People, I cancelled my personal facebook account and just relished the semi-silence of my world.  I played video games constantly and read rubbish. It was GLORIOUS I tell you, GLORIOUS.

I came back to reality on Friday.  On Friday, I dusted off my computer and turned it on.  I deleted a bunch of emails, accepted a few meetings and wrote 2 reports in a record 2.5 hours.  I felt, ... feel like a new person.  Don't get me wrong, I am not looking forward to going back to the crazy that will be the rest of the school year, but I can say that I am definitely rejuvenated from this break. I needed this one this year and I am exceedingly glad I did exactly what it was that I wanted to do.

Absolutely, positively, NOTHING.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

PBIS in action

I love that in an effort to keep his kiddos quiet and adhering to behavior expectations when walking in the hall, my elementary school music teacher plays his guitar softly while he walks his classes to the next place they have to be. If they can't hear the music, they're too loud and when they listen to the music he can play song requests.

A unique interpretation of the PBIS expectations in my school and expressed in a most unique and fun way. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

This week...

There are 9 kids to evaluate and 14 reports to write, all before the end of day on Friday afternoon. 

Standing in the way are 13 hours of meetings reducing my work week to 21 actual hours. 

A perfuctionary evaluation takes on average 1 hour, a thorough one takes 2. The average report still takes approximately 3 hours to write.

As I am an awesome school psych, I aim to give 9 thorough evaluations and write 13 fabulous reports. 

I will complete a wondrous feat - cram 60 hours of work into 21 actual hours. 

Why? Because this is how we school psychs roll baby!

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