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GraceKrispy 10-16-2015 06:09 PM

A Friday Poll--
I suspect we have some really common experiences. As Cardnial said, our jobs are really different from teaching!

What do you find most frustrating about your job/situation/setting?

What do you like best about your job?

What has been really challenging?

How much support/collaboration do you get, and from who?

cardnialteach 10-17-2015 03:10 PM

What do you find most frustrating about your job/situation/setting?My biggest frustration is getting teachers to allow me time to work with their students. I would love to have more small groups or individual time, but many teachers don't want to let those students out of their class. With the increase pressures of state testing the upper grades can't "spare" time and the lower grades can't allow students out of core time. I do go into classrooms weekly which is great, but there is no carry over from the teachers. Our state has created SEC standards and our Commissioner of Education is getting ready to make a big announcement about the direction of education in our state. At a meeting I attended he said the role of a school counselor needs to change drastically. That being said I can't make changes with 30 minutes a week with no back up or support. Let's be proactive not reactive. The second frustration is due to the fact I am in a small district I am also our district test coordinator. This means from mid-Feb to the end of the year I am pulled from classroom lessons.

What do you like best about your job? I love that I am involved with every student K-8. I know all their names and the interaction in the hallways is great. To my Kindergarteners and first graders I am like a rock star. They truly miss me when I don't come to their classroom for my weekly visit.

What has been really challenging? Finding a lessons or curriculum that makes a difference with our students. The materials I was left with were very out dated. I know teachers have a hard time engaging students in everyday classroom subjects, it is really hard with the content I have to teach.

How much support/collaboration do you get, and from who? My administration is awesome. I have full support and trust in judgement with both my principals and my superintendent. This is my 7th year and we are on our 4th principal at the Middle School, but he trusts my judgement and often asks for my opinion and respects it whether he uses it or likes what I have to say.

GraceKrispy 10-17-2015 05:15 PM

Thinking about my most recent school psych position:

What do you find most frustrating about your job/situation/setting?
I agree- being able to get kids from classes. From the teacher perspective, I totally get it. From our perspective, it does make it really difficult to do the job! Some teachers were really difficult to work with. When kids didn't qualify for sped, some teachers were very upset and sometimes verbally took it out on the assessment team (including me). I was assigned 6 schools at one point- and not all schools had space for me. Made life VERY difficult. Nothing like testing a child in a router closet that was super noisy, or on a bench outside on the playground :rolleyes:

What do you like best about your job?
I loved working with different students and learning about their learning profiles and their cognitive skills and using that information to make recommendations. I loved consulting with teachers to help problem-solve behavioral or academic issues. I loved the flexibility and being able to pee when I wanted to <!--giggle-->

What has been really challenging?
I did more than 100 assessments each year, and that was a ton of work in addition to my other responsibilities. I found it challenging to find the time to finish things. I found some parents (and teachers, as I said) challenging to work with.

How much support/collaboration do you get, and from who?
I had a supervisor who was pretty supportive (although she kept giving me all the heavy workloads because I could handle them :rolleyes:). In our region, there were 3 psychs besides me and the supervisor. We gathered once a month and that was helpful. Sometimes we got together with the bigger team (bigger region), which added 2 more psychs to the bunch. The admin was super supportive of me in almost every school, because of who I was and how I worked. My colleagues (including my supervisor) didn't get the same respect, but there were reasons for that. My sped director was more variable. :rolleyes:

eeza 10-17-2015 07:39 PM

As a school psych...

What do you find most frustrating about your job/situation/setting?
When I have an assessment to do, I do my part and I expect the RSP teacher to do their part in a timely manner. Some people are procrastinators or are just bad at organizing their time which makes it hard for me to finish up my report. I just need people to do their jobs!

Also, I wish I had a different title. Even educational psychologist would be better than school psychologist. I feel that when parents hear school psychologist, they think I'm the psychologist for the school and they want their kids to have weekly therapy with me. I need to say that I'm not a clinical psychologist but rather an educational psychologist. Happens ALL THE TIME!

What do you like best about your job?
I love working with families who are appreciative. I always do what is best for the kids, but to hear families thank me just reaffirms that I'm doing the right thing.

What has been really challenging?
Doing risk assessments can be hard, especially if there is a risk and I need to bring in the police. I also feel like some parents expect counseling or SPED or a behavior plan to be a magic wand. Nope! I can support your child, but your child has to put in effort as well.

How much support/collaboration do you get, and from who?
I think I have a good admin team. I feel very supported from them which is great. I also work closely with the guidance counselors and the SPED lead teacher. The other school psychs are also great at giving advice. I have never felt like I would not be supported when I needed to be. I know this isn't the case everywhere so I'm thankful.

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