I am loving the chance to participate in something fun and creative--thanks to Marissa Rex over at ElementarySchoolCounseling.org for starting this (and supplying the graphics)! For those of you who may be scratching your heads, many school counselor bloggers are taking some time to reflect on our 2012 blog posts.
Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) process. I am fortunate to work in a school district which provides a great deal of support to us as we compile data and narratives throughout the course of the year. I think it is important to share what I am learning and what is giving me pause for reflection as I and my department navigate these waters with the hopes that other school counselors and school counseling departments will see that with some long-range planning, assessment of tools and supports, and a willingness to dig into their data and programming, they too can begin to move towards RAMP certification if they so choose.
Mirror, Mirror: The Importance of Reflection. As school counselors, we work so hard throughout the year meeting the needs of all the various stakeholders that come across our paths--students, teachers, parents, administrators, and community members. Yet, as we know, we are ourselves transformed with every new interaction, relationship, and event. It is important to reflect each year, as much as we can, on the impact that we are having on our schools through our programming and interventions, as well taking stock of the impact they are having upon us as practitioners and people. We must be well ourselves and with ourselves in order to be able to best serve others.
my reflections on the movie, Bully. It was a very powerful movie that many of us in the school counseling community viewed, and that many of the people within our schools saw. The high-volume of people who have read and continue to read this post leads me to think that this is a topic that is still very much on the front of our minds, and one to which we, as school counselors, are looked to for leadership within our buildings.
|The Counseling Geek|
|The Choice: New York Times|
|Scrapbook of a School Counselor|
|Pikesville High School Counseling Department|
|School Counselor Blog|
There are so many more great blogs out there--I'm sorry I can't choose all of them.
If you are interested in starting your own blog for you or your counseling department, Danielle Schultz, the creator of School Counselor Blog, will be doing a webinar through ASCA on January 16th, 2013 at 4 p.m. that will break it down and give you tips to begin. Sign up at this link and start blogging!