As I am reflecting on all of the surveys, I am learning that I have many things to feel good about and few things to work on. I will be working very hard the rest of the year to improve the following things:
- How quickly I respond when I am contacted by staff members.
- Following up quickly and often after a referral has been made.
- Tracking how effective my services are (Have students' made positive growth because of our work together?)
I have to admit that it was pretty scary putting myself "out there" for everyone to rate. I also have to admit that I have taken the (not so great) comments hard. However, one cannot grow without evaluating every now and again.
Even though it was hard to hear some negative feedback, I am glad my collegues respect me enough to be honest. I am also glad that I have colleagues who are constantly building me up and supporting me because they know that being the only counselor in a school is challenging (you all know who you are...thank you!)
Whew....self-reflecting is hard!
Now for some smiles from the student surveys. Kids are HILARIOUS! Every single survey had something about bullying. I teach four bullying lessons per year so I guess that is what sticks in their heads. I have often been referred to as "the bully teacher."
My absolute favorites were the last question on the survey. I have listed them below...enjoy!
~What would you like to learn from your school counselor?
~How to catch a snake. (Ummm....not gonna happen!)
~How to drink caffeine. (I can handle this one!)
~How to play football. (This was my own son.)
~How to make a cake. (I like cake.)
~How to do a back flip. (Again....not gonna happen!)
~Learn about fleeing. (I'm hoping they meant feelings!)
~To tell us not to eat ice cream. (It's not a food group?)
~I already know all I need from her she is awesome! (This one made me feel good.)
Ok, time to get busy and make my counseling program rock!