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Back to Scho…

Yeah, no time to even finish that title. It’s GO TIME, people. Professional development done (bleh–trust falls!), kiddies back in school, and the school psychologist’s to-do list is having baby to-do lists at an exponential rate. *

SO, while I haven’t the time to craft a meaningful blog post, I do have time to give away free stuff that will help you survive and thrive in the new school year!

Who wants a copy of The School Psychologist’s Survival Guide?

Just post a comment here or on Facey Face with one back-to-school survival tip for fellow school psychologists and I’ll enter you in a drawing to win the book, using a random number generator. And then I’ll try to find time to drag an infant and a toddler to the post office and send it to the winner. That’s how much y’all mean to me.

Happy New School Year!

*Not to mention the mama school psychs out there who are also trying to raise small humans of your own. Your to-do list is probably insane, especially if you are trying to keep up with Pinterest moms who make adorbs “First Day of School” chalkboard signs with handcrafted wood borders they whittled themselves and bento boxes of lunch food that look like woodland animals with carrot whiskers and whatnot.

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Comments on Back to Scho…

  1. Taylor says:

    Thanks for blogging!
    My survival tip is to make friends with all the office staff (secretaries, ED's if you have them, maintenance men, etc.) they can make your life so much easier!

  2. Alyson says:

    I've had to find my big-girl voice and sometimes tell people "No."

  3. Andrea Tresp says:

    As a school psych intern, my back to school survival tip is to KEEP CALM and Psych on.

  4. Beautifful says:

    If you're in a new building, befriend the secretary, maintenance, and good staff! They will be your lifeline some days!

  5. Love your work! A must read, would love to share with my Intern this year!

  6. Take the time to get organized! A couple of days in the beginning saves headache and stress later!

  7. Sarah says:

    Make time for lunch with another colleague during the first month.

  8. Andrea says:

    Just breathe….and look at the big picture

  9. Andrea C. says:

    Eat balanced meals and exercise. Remember to take care of yourself.

  10. Amanda says:

    As a new intern, I try to ask questions whenever possible and start the year off organized!

  11. Stacey says:

    As a school psych starting in a new district, its all about rapport building! Try not to get carried away or make any major changes until people get to know you a little bit and feel comfortable with you working with their students and their children. Hopefully I can take my own advice!

  12. Christine says:

    Diet coke (since drinking on the job is generally frowned upon) and chocolate.

  13. Sidney D. says:

    Whenever I start to feel overwhelmed I try to remember that "dreams don't work unless you do!" This quick reminder puts me back on track and motivated towards my ultimate goal of being a school psych and changing lives!

    Excited for my second year of graduate school and practicum!

  14. sarah says:

    make sure to check in with ALL of the teachers after break- don't just hide in your office and wait for them to come to you with a problem!

  15. My back-to-school tip for school psychs: Use PENCIL when writing in your planner, and write down what you spent your time doing each day. You'll thank yourself later.

  16. Cyndil Smith says:

    My advice is to remember you are not responsible for putting out every fire. I have been practicing saying "I know someone who can help you with that."

  17. Pak says:

    Keep students first and in all that we do remember that our first job is to be an advocate for students and families

  18. Ashley Choi says:

    I'm currently a Junior in college and have started to become interested in becoming a school psychologist! WOOO on books! 🙂 I'd love to learn more about the profession as much as possible!

  19. Gina says:

    If you're starting at a new school send out a greeting/introduction note to all staff in their mailboxes. Attach a small piece of chocolate! They'll hopefully remember the chocolate when you need to get those rating scales back ASAP!

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