Inspiration comes in many forms. Sometimes the people who inspire you think the information they share is not that special. But sometimes, that information is just what you need to understand what to change. What is the magical formula for jumping into new practice?
New ideas+Practical Use+Opportunity=Do It!
This school year began quite differently and I am really enjoying it. Thanks to ASCA and my professional network on Twitter, a few books I have read, and 2 courses I enrolled in my practice is upcycled! (converting old materials into something useful and beautiful)
I know some of this transformation came from the opportunity to go to Philadelphia in 2013 and attend my first national counseling conference with the American School Counselor Association. Before that time I knew I needed to look at data in a different way, but I didn't really know where to start. The connections I made there, the sessions I attended, and the information I brought home with me inspired me to look further into this model. One idea that came from ASCA is my involvement on Twitter. I make it a rule to follow people I wish worked with. They challenge my ideas and support my evolution. Trish Hatch has changed my professional world. She is the author of the book, Hatching Results. While I reluctantly decided to read the book, it has had an incredible impact on me. The impact is both philosophical and practical. Because the book was so good, I enrolled in a Schoology course called Data, Data, Data to support my learning. Last year, I noticed a need for an approach to handle negative peer interactions in our building, so I have enrolled in a course through ASCA to address this need. When finished, I will be a certified Bully Prevention Specialist.
As of today, I have had individual meetings with 100% of my students. In my One Minute Meetings, I have introduced myself, asked about their interests, set an academic goal, started a conversation about post-secondary training, and checked to see if they needed to talk about any personal concerns.
I have surveyed staff and parents about student needs to develop my goals for this year.
I have set a time to discuss my program goals with my principal. These first steps will set the foundation to support students and improve achievement throughout the school year.
It is my hope to support my district and school achievement goals through the school counseling program. I am fortunate to work in a district that supports professional growth and change. I am fortunate to have a school counseling network filled with innovative ideas. I am fortunate to connect with colleagues who share ideas that are obvious to them, but amazing to me. Thank you for sharing.