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    The Non-Glamorous Side of School Psychology: Thrice Bitten, Not Shy

    The Non-Glamorous Side of School Psychology: Thrice Bitten, Not Shy
    I posted once on my Facebook Fan Page that I was "writing reports, which is the non-glamorous side of school psychology." One of my wonderful colleagues wrote back, "Wait, there's a glamorous side???" Okay, so there's not really a glamorous side, but I try to tell the cyberworld the truth of this profession--the warm fuzzies, the cold pricklies, and the insane. ...
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    Does Student Retention Work?

    Does Student Retention Work?
    Every March, I get a slew of new referrals for testing students for learning disabilities, ADHD, and other disabilities, as the sheer panic of “What is going to happen to this student in X+1 grade???” (Where X is the child’s current grade, plus one. See? Algebra is useful after all.) I hear parents and teachers wonder out loud how the kid ...
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    How Counselors Encourage Students to Attend College

    Before students reach high school, during the 8th grade registration, counselors begin emphasizing the need for students to view their next four years as an opportunity to prepare for whatever it is they will be doing post-secondarily, whether that includes continuing their education/training in a two-year or four year college/university, a trade or technical school, the military, or doing an on-the-job ...
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    How High School Counselors Work With Colleges & Universities

    High school counselors work with colleges, but not a lot. My interaction with folks at colleges and universities primarily came in the form of phone calls to the admission departments to clarify individual students’ questions about admission requirements. I’d also communicate with the distance ed. people re: correspondence coursework for students trying to catch up or get ahead on credits. We ...
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    What Does a High School Counselor Do?

    Question: On a percentage basis, what topics do counselors cover with students? With the inception of the “No Child Left Behind” act, there has been a disproportionate emphasis on testing as the sole indicator as to whether federal standards criteria were being met. As the site “testing coordinator,” I easily spent 6-7 weeks a year planning, implementing, and summarizing our state ...
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    Topics to Cover in First High School Counseling Session

    Ideally, the first one-on-one meeting with any of my students would come during their Freshman year. The reality is that I didn’t meet with every one of my 400+ students individually. As I mentioned earlier, the state legislature has now mandated that every incoming 9th grader sit down with a parent and a school counselor to formulate a 4-year plan. Since ...
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    Too Many Students See College As Out Of Reach

    Too Many Students See College As Out Of Reach
    In Connecticut each year, there are more than 10,000 well-qualified, thoroughly prepared students who graduate from high school but do not go on to attend college. Their reasons vary, but a recent study suggests that many of them could be in college, if only they knew more about how to pursue a college education. For them, and for our state, their ...
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    How to Help Students Stand Out in College Applications

    How to Help Students Stand Out in College Applications
    Parents often ask what else they can do besides insuring their students make good grades and test well on the SAT and/or ACT to help their students look impressive on paper. My answer is always about the student’s passion. What does the student enjoy doing? Colleges want to see well-rounded young people. They want to see a student demonstrate leadership, an ...
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    Free To Be You and Me (and Pee?)

    Free To Be You and Me (and Pee?)
    A big part of my job is doing observations of kids in their learning environments. I find it shocking that there are psychologists who don’t visit the kid’s school when they are testing for learning disabilities, or any disability for that matter. To me, it seems like common sense that if you want to see how someone learns you go to ...
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    Top 10 Rules to Give Students Applying to College

    Top 10 Rules to Give Students Applying to College
    1. Talk To Your Counselor. Between the books in the counselor’s office, and the knowledge in your counselor’s head, he or she will be a virtual treasure trove of information. Take advantage of the opportunities you have to work with a counselor to make plans for your future. Many counselors know more than any one book or website, and they are ...
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    Identifying Student Strengths

    Identifying Student Strengths
    It is not often that I am at a loss for words. I know, you are surprised, right? But recently, I did an assessment with a 15-year-old boy who was in a special school for kids with emotional disabilities, and part of this assessment was to interview the parent. Now, I try my best not to be judgmental about parenting. I ...
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    Mean Girls and Relational Aggression

    Mean Girls and Relational Aggression
    In Hollywood, the phenomenon is called “Mean Girls.” In the land of School Psychology, we call it “Relational Aggression.” Anyone who has been to high school probably has first-hand experience with it, either as the victim, perpetrator (not my readers!), or more commonly, as a bystander. We just didn’t have a name for it back in high school. *About the clip:* ...
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    How To: Deal with Bullying

    How To: Deal with Bullying
    It would be difficult to find a school without any history of bullying, but statistics show that bullying in public schools is a serious epidemic. Studies report that 10% of students in the K-12 grades have been the victims of chronic bullying, and that 75% described being the victim of at least one incident per year. Many bullying victims experience physical ...
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    What You Can Do for Students Living in Poverty

    What You Can Do for Students Living in Poverty
    Millions of school-age students in America live in poverty. You don’t have to teach in a blighted urban area or a depressed rural region to teach students who are from a poor family. The lives of poor students are often very different from those of their more affluent peers. They cannot look forward to an abundance of presents on their birthday. ...
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    How To: Deal with an Oppositional and Defiant Student

    How To:  Deal with an Oppositional and Defiant Student
    We all know the type of kid; he or she may be your biggest headache. They are hostile to you and their peers, they don’t seem to listen, and don’t do what they are told. Its almost like they want to upset you. It seems like the more you try to manage them the more they resist…. Sound Familiar? Students with ...
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    Middle School Counseling

    Middle School Counseling
    I have always chosen to work in middle schools. I request them on purpose. I love the “tween” age group of 11-14 (“tween”=between children and teens). I love the drama of it all. I love when the students blow my expectations out of the water. I love how they secretly still want to play. I love seeing the incredible cognitive and ...
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    How to: Help Your Students Deal with Grief and Loss

    How to: Help Your Students Deal with Grief and Loss
    Each year children from every school will be faced with the death of a loved one, and will be forced to cope with loss while continuing their studies. How a child expresses grief will vary according to their developmental level, their concept of death, and their ability to self-assess and express feelings through language. Children may not be well supported at ...
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    Managing Violent & Explosive Behavior in Young Children

    Managing Violent & Explosive Behavior in Young Children
    Consider the following vignette: * Mrs. Berdine tells her 1st grade class that it is time to line up to go to art class. Little 6 year-old Daniel races to be first in line but is narrowly beaten out by James, who also wanted to be first. Daniel explodes, screams at James that he is going to kill him, and pushes ...
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    No Fair! All Schools Are Not Created Equal

    No Fair! All Schools Are Not Created Equal
    I was recently assigned a new school, which I will affectionately call Stepford Elementary School. Now, I am typically assigned to the schools no one wants, by request. If someone makes a face like they are smelling something bad when I say the school’s name, all the better. I like being at cocktail parties and saying, “I coaxed a child wielding ...
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