Monday, February 1, 2010

How did you spend your day?

Wow. That is all I can say. I cannot believe it is February already. What happened to January?!?! Where does the time go? I guess that is the million dollar question.

I have been SOOO busy lately. I am sure most other school counselors out there can agree that we are in the busiest time of the year. And oh, yeah, it's state testing crunch time! So needless to say I have not been blogging lately, but I am trying to get back into the swing of things.

Which brings me to the email I got today...
I got an email from one of our district curriculum coordinators today asking me to document how I spent my time for a few days. She is working on a grant and will use the data to advocate for more counseling positions. The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) recommends one counselor to every 250 students. I am currently serving about 400 students in fourth through eighth grade. I was more than happy to document my time! Anything to get more counselors! I am going to do it every day this week and see what I come up with.

Here is how I spent my time today:

Arrive at 7:15am
7:15am – 7:30am check email
7:30am – 7:50 am – give a tour to a new 8th grade student, talked to him about applications that are available for the district's technical school and math/science academy.
7:50am – 8:30am – began to organize applications for the technical school and math/science academy.
8:30am – 9:00am – facilitated an anger management group for boys in fourth grade.
9:30am – 10:00am – spoke with a presenter from the YWCA about the programs she will facilitate this week (the planning and organization took countless hours, but the "body rights" will be presented to each class in the entire school).
10:00am– 10:45am – facilitated a classroom lesson about responsibility in 5th grade (about 25 students).
10:45am – 11:45am – scheduled Truancy Elimination Plan meetings, filled out home visit forms, made lots of copies.
11:45am - 12:00pm – met with a parent who stopped in.
12:00am - 12:15pm – followed up with a student regarding a bullying incident.
12:15am - 12:35pm – met with one of our school based therapists from an outside agency regarding a student.
12:35pm – 1:10pm – met with a group of students (6) over lunch and talk about goals for an positive academic and peacemaking group they want to start.
1:10pm – 1:50pm - organized applications for the technical school and math/science academy to determine who needs to give me information or an essay.
1:50pm – 2:05pm – walked around to all of the 8th grade classes to collect information I need and to remind students what is due and when it is due (THURSDAY!! ahhhh!).
2:05pm – 2:30pm – met with a student who is being cyber-bullied. Informed the School Resource Officer in the building about the incident, informed the principal and assisted in determining a course of action.
2:30pm – 2:35pm – called the mother of the student being cyber-bullied and discussed the incident with her. Also spoke to her about programs being offered at the YMCA and how her child could benefit.
2:35pm – 3:15pm - continued to organized applications for the technical school and math/science academy. Emailed the nurse for copies of immunization records. Emailed people back.

Other things I did throughout the day... (though I am not sure when, where, or how I fit these in...)
Checked email multiple times
Talked to teachers in passing about what students they want me to meet with or scheduling concerns.
Received referrals from teachers for students to meet with.
Met with other professionals in the building for consultation briefly in the hall.
Talked to students who popped their head in my door.

Well, there you have it.

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5 comments:

  1. Wow! Thanks for sharing. I am currently in grad school to be a counselor so I really appreciate your blog. :-)

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  2. I think it is a great idea to record our work as counselors because their are many people that do not understand what we do, or how much we are needed! My district has 1 counselor for 4 elementary schools (approximately 1000 students). Every day is different for me, depending on which school I am at. A typical "E" day at the largest school looks like this:

    7:45 arrive at school
    8-8:30 check emails, consult with teachers, building leaders, plan which students I will see for the day
    8:30-8:45 Greet students arriving to school
    8:45-9 Emails, phone calls
    9-11 Individual counseling, dealing with crisis that come about in the morning.
    11-11:30 Facilitate a Kindergarten anger management group
    11:30-12 Eat lunch (sometimes with students, sometimes with staff)
    12-12:30 Facilitate 2nd and 3rd grade girl's group
    12:30-1 Facilitate 5th grade girl's group
    1-1:30 Supervise 3rd grade helpers (students chosen to help in the kindergarten classrooms)
    1:30-2:45-individual counseling
    2:45-3:15 paperwork, emails, phone calls, planning for groups, lessons etc.
    3:15-3:30-Say goodbye to student's leaving

    Not included in this schedule: phonecalls from my other schools with situations, RTI meetings, CYS calls, Meetings with outside agencies,lesson planning, group planning, crisis, talking with teachers throughout the day and much much more!!
    As I said before, each school is different for me. At the smallest school I spend most of my time doing classroom lessons and see fewer children on an individual basis. I love the fact that every day is different and I never know what to expect! I think I will continue to chart my days!!

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  3. I am so excited that I have found your blog, I am currently in grad school and was looking for something excatly like this for a presentation on Monday. It gives impression that as class we have not seen before!

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  4. I am an intern and my day as an Elementary Counselor looks like this:
    8:00-8:20 Check in with School Counselor and share schedules for day
    8:20-8:40 check in with anxiety student when bus arrives
    8:40-9:10 individual session with student about family issues
    9:10-9:45 answer emergency call from nurse about crying student who will not leave nurses office;begin individual session
    9:45-10:30 find School Counselor to observe/help with classroom guidance lesson
    10:30-11 find student I did not get to meet with individually because of emergency call from nurse
    11:00-11:30 meet up with School Counselor to observe/help classroom guidance lesson
    11:30-12:00 eat lunch while telling School Counselor what I have been doing all morning
    12:00-12:30 prepare for support groups, make copies, consult with teacher, email teachers, schedule individual session for next day
    12:30-1 Support group for Friendship
    1-1:15 clean up, prepare for next group
    1:15-1:45 Support group for Anxiety
    1:45-2:30 clean up, prepare for next group, check in with school counselor, consult with teacher
    2:30-3 Support group for Organization
    3-3:30 clean up, find School Counselor, discuss what I have done all day, discuss what we will do tomorrow (if I am with her the next day) or when I will see her next

    Other things I did but don't know when: created, printed, cut out reminders for support groups, phoned parents, consulted with psychologist, etc.

    I have a wonderful experience! I love it! And it shows that we do need more School Counselors. My school counselor serves 500 K-4 students. I see 5 students individually and run 6 support groups while I am there twice a week. :) Just thought I would share for other grad students.

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  5. I am super jealous that I don't see any "fair share duties"!  I have 45 minutes of lunch duty each day and 15 minutes of before school duty.  Sigh.

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