I am enjoying working with Kelly and Jarrod (24/7 Workers) who are both doing an amazing job running our mentoring groups. The students who are participating are really valuing these sessions and I am stoked that classroom teachers are also supporting this.
One aspect of my counselling practice that I am working to refine is how I might invite student's parents into the conversation in a way that is supportive for their children. I really believe that the best way (when possible) to work with students is when their family supports them too. We can do all the counselling we can at school but our kids still have to go home and if they don't have the right support the 'therapy' can come undone. I am pleased so far with the number of student's who have been open to involving their parents.
My time management is improving though I am still struggling to take breaks so need to work on this going into term 4. One of the difficulties is that often student's will pop by my office during interval and lunch. In a number of cases these are opportunities I don't want to miss!
I have had several staff approach me for discussions about ways they can better support student's in their class.....this is really encouraging!!
One thing that continues to be a challenge is teaching the Year 12 General Studies course. Many of the year 12 students don't find what we are offering very engaging so I need to consider this as I am the teaching in charge of this course. I would like to be able to offer courses that are valued by the students but I am not sure how to do this. One aspect of this course that I think is problematic is that the teacher's teaching are not given the option. They are just selected so may not buy into the program as a whole. The idea behind this course was to teach the students life skills. But there are two problems here - a number of the year 12 students are already doing a wide range of standards via Gateway or Transition AND student's are focused on 'gaining credits' so anything without credits almost automatically invites disengagement from our students.