Jumping into my first "Linky Party"
So if this is new to you, like it is for me, head over to Franciene Saben's blog School Counselor Space and get in on the fun. It is basically a series of questions that you, as a blogger, answer along with many other writers.
After heading home from ASCA 2013, I am connected to so many new people - I am going to be making more of an effort to participate and reflect on as many other blogs as I can possibly digest.
2. My registrar (who has left me...but our new registrar should learn the ropes quickly) - she was my almost 2nd counselor and helped me tremendously.
3. ScheduleOnce - I wrote a blog post about this scheduling software, but being an only counselor and not having a dedicated secretary, I need to organize my time effectively. This tool allows students and parents to request time slots for appointments and syncs it with my Google Calendar.
Hands down - Mail Chimp. Another thing that I have blogged about in the past (and actually did a video webinar during our School Counseling On Air (SCOA) series during National School Counseling Week. This free newsletter tool is very feature packed, allows families to sign up to receive the news letters, and I can customize them by grade level to provide the most relevant content to each stakeholder. Another post that I wrote regarding sharing information is called the Keys to Communication.
2. Keep it relevant and short. Students are already learning for 6+ hours a day and their attention spans or usually limited to less than 30 minutes (or what shows up on their phones as text messages or snap chats).
3. Plan out a calendar as best as you can. Having things setup in advance is helpful to all parties. Teachers can plan around know you are coming into their classroom and you are able to ensure you are all prepped and ready to use their time effectively.
I have to make an effort. I tend to pile and usually end up with piles (where I know where things are at, of course) on my desk that usually stay for about 3 weeks before I get fed up, purge or find a better place for it, and start over. My goal is to have as little on my desk as possible. I have filing cabinets where I keep lots of stuff but my key is trying to do as much digital file storage as possible. I can easily keep things organized with they are on my computer. Using things like Google Drive and Dropbox, I have neatly organized folders that are accessible from anywhere with an internet connection (including my phone).
Again, check out how to join this Linky Party here: School Counselor Space