Showing posts with label best musings. Show all posts
Showing posts with label best musings. Show all posts

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Best Musings of 2012

Well, it's that time of the year again... time for visits with family, relaxing and recharging over winter break, and eating so much that we dig for the baggiest dress pants/skirt come January 2nd. It's also time to revisit my best musings from the past year! 2012 was a big year for me, both personally and professionally--I got married, spent a killer week in the Dominican Republic, and became more involved within the field (1,000+ Facebook friends and being "published" can't be wrong). Here are the highlights from my bloggy year, as measured by most viewed, most comments, or my personal favorite:

January-- An uber mondo list of non-tangible reinforcement ideas, perfect for those kids you just really shouldn't be giving candy or sweet treats to... you know exactly who I mean. 

February-- A hard-edged, tough look at the challenges faced by professionals working in an urban education setting. This was written in response to a reader's question about commonly faced issues and necessary skill sets needed to work in urban education. Although it's not warm and fuzzy, this is one of my favorite posts because of how passionate I felt for my job when I was writing it. It's the heart of what I do. 

March-- A post about my school's monthly attendance breakfast, a school-wide incentive to increase overall attendance. Months later, I am a master pancake maker, worthy of song and world renown.

April--  An impressive collection of "Musings on Survival from School Psychologists," organized into categories. This post was compiled from entries to my giveaway of Dr. Rebecca Branstetter's book, "The School Psychologist's Survival Guide." This continues to be one of my most viewed posts, and with all the incredible advice and quips from readers and fans, how could it not be?

May-- My "a day in the life" series was a big hit, especially among grad students or new professionals in the field. I will definitely be continuing this... you know, when I have time during the day to make notes on my goings-on!

June-- An interesting case student on a preschooler I completed the transition reevaluation for to prepare him for kindergarten. He's a hearing child of two deaf parents who's native language was American Sign Language. Pair that with a lack of exposure to schooling and significant academic and language delays, and you've got one unique kiddo!

July-- A post where I reviewed my entire insane Committee on Special Education meeting list and assessment schedule from the year, and I realized two things--1) I accomplished an insane amount during the year and 2) It hadn't made me sprout gray hairs. I reiterate: I am psychologist. Hear me roar.

August-- no posts... I was too busy doing Zumba and wedding planning.

September-- My first day back to school for the 2012-2013 school year, where I was graciously gifted with a new nickname. It, thankfully, has gone by the wayside in the time since. 

October-- The compilation of the emotions/anger management small counseling group that I led in our first grade 6:1+1 Special Class, where we played with balloons, said adorable comments, learned "soup breathing," and tried not to make it 50 shades of cray.

November-- An informative post about families experiencing homelessness, and how the McKinney-Vento Act can provide services to them. 

December-- A large gathering of resources relating to grief, loss, crisis, and tragedy response that was posted in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shootings in Newton, CT. Not a pleasant topic or event to remember, but the information continues to be relevant.

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Friday, December 30, 2011

Best Musings of 2011

In taking inspiration from Dr. Branstetter over at Notes from the School Psychologist, I decided to debut my first "best of" showcase. 2011 was a big year for me: my first full year as an employed school psychologist. There was tons on learning and laughs, of which there will continue to be many more of. Here are highlights of the year, as measured by most viewed, most comments, or my personal favorite:

January -- A post about The Semantics of Stigma associated with "mental retardation" vs. "intellectual disability."

February -- A case study about a kiddo who moved from an Integrated Co-Teaching classroom to a 6:1+1. (and a bonus update on how he settled in!)

March -- The Cross Country Team, a post about "runners," or kids who leave the classroom during instruction and roam/run the school building. This post gets a huge amount of hits for the graphic, not the content. Alas!

April/May/June -- A compilation of the 8-week anger management/social skills group that I co-facilitated during the spring in the 5th grade 6:1+1 class. All boys, all shenanigans.

July -- I didn't have any posts in July... :(

August -- E=mc... huh?, a case study about a kiddo with a nonverbal learning disability. And because I couldn't choose (and slacked in July), a playful reflection post linking my shoe collection to key events in my career.

September -- A post about Jamie Nabozny and the documentary "Bullied," which every one should order and use because it's FREE! I'll reiterate again: "Bullying: Confront it. Report it. End it."

October -- A post about interview questions I was asked when I was interviewing for positions after grad school. I'm so glad that this post has been helpful to those just starting out!

November -- An important post about the current New York mandate relief proposal to remove psychologists from the CSE. Speak up, advocate for yourself and your colleagues, and make everyone know the importance of psychologists in the schools.

December -- If you missed it the first time, a good laugh for the holidays, with inappropriate Christmas carols for those who work in mental health.

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