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!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Work-Life Balance on a Snow Day... or two!

Forgive Wechsler for I have sinned!
It's been 8 days since my last evaluation and I am finding I am not particularly sad about it. It's been 4 days since I went into the office and I'm yet to give that more than a passing thought.

Yes, Blizzard Juno blew into town and made everything stop in my part of the East Coast.  Schools closed, businesses shut down, states of emergency were declared and everyone hunkered down for a few days at home of watching television, drinking hot chocolate and entertaining ourselves while we lived in a swirling snow globe for a little bit.

But then the snow stopped and the world was supposed to go back to normal.But for me it didn't.  I've been out of work at home for the past 4 days. And two of them without my own children at home (what?!).

So I've been writing reports, watching webinars, doing laundry, cleaning my dishwasher (*shudder* - if you own one, there are some horrible realities awaiting you when you figure out ALL the places you need to clean) and playing fetch with my dog in the snow.

Yes I know this means that I will be in school until July, but does it really matter?  I am still going to get the bulk of my summer off to hang out at home.  My testing calendar flexes to account for these days and my meetings are going to be rescheduled and they will take place, so there are worse things that could happen I guess.

I have had an impromptu vacation week (thanks Juno!) and I'm looking forward to another one coming up in a couple of weeks.

Stay warm my frozen New England School Psych peeps!

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Cold Day

It's going to 20 degrees in the sun tomorrow, with a wind chill advisory of -15 degrees. This inclement weather I learned is a "Cold day".

I've had snow days, ice days, and even hurricane days, but I've never had a cold day before.  Thanks to the arctic freeze blanket that dropping down on New England, my school called it quits and cancelled the school day for tomorrow. I really don't need a cold day right now.

There was a student I needed to assess that I won't be able to get to now. I'm in this student's school only one day a week and for the past month, each time I managed to wrangle time to fetch the student for testing, the student was of course absent. My 30-day evaluation deadline is looming ominously over my head.  I really don't need a cold day right now.

I need to sit and meet with teachers so that I can work on the goals I set for myself in my educator evaluation. Being a traveling school psychologist with a galore of meetings to attend and a bonanza of assessments to administer, the task of working on my goals has been roughly shoved to the bottom of my to-do-list and the paper I printed my goals on to provide me with a physical reminder has taken up a crumpled and apparently now permanent residence in the bottom of my computer bag. I really don't need a cold day right now.

I found out yesterday that there's a student in my school who has to walk 2 miles to school every day the student's address lies just within the border of my school, but the same address is not serviced by our school's transportation.  A FUBAR situation that's mired in the sticky webs of bureaucracy and red-tape.

I'm okay with having a cold day tomorrow.

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