ISPecially Yours – March 2017

Um, Professor, Did You Forget to Cover This in Class?

It’s been four years since I left UNI and started my career as a School Psychologist. Four years ago I was assigned to three elementary schools and early childhood and my assignment has remained the same until now. Next year I will have a new assignment which means new responsibilities, relationships, and an opportunity to reintroduce myself as the School Psychologist I am now. This move has me thinking about all that I have learned since graduate school. UNI prepared me for my job responsibilities in so many ways, however there are so many unwritten rules that I feel like I’ve had to learn in practice that will benefit me as I begin my new journey. I’m not the same School Psychologist that I was upon entering the workforce, and I think mostly that’s a good thing. So, I’ve decided to award myself some additional credits for on-the-job training.

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ISPecially Yours – January 2017

Happy New Year Fellow SPies! I hope you had a relaxing and rejuvenating winter break. As much as I love time off with family, I always miss the schedule and routine of working. Winter break is also a nice reminder that I like the people I work with and miss seeing them!

 

I’m going to be honest, I’m not big on New Year’s Resolutions in my personal life. In my opinion, if someone wanted to lose weight/exercise more/volunteer more/drink less pop, etc. it’s not going to happen because the year started over, it’s going to happen because he or she is diligent and mindful, sets smart goals, and monitors them frequently. I decided instead to set some professional resolutions for 2017. I shouldn’t even call them resolutions… they’re really more “intentions” for a more positive professional life.

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An Open Letter to a Mother

“He’s not the first and he’s certainly not the worst.”

Did I just say that? I think I did….

I meant to comfort you. Would it be comforting to hear that about my son? What does it say about me that I can be so passive about your son punching two kids and two teachers today and subsequently getting kicked out of daycare? Is that really what I want to say to you as you sit there with tears in your eyes and ask me what you should do about your son’s behavior?

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