At my school, I am not allowed to pull students during their academic times (unless there are emergency circumstances, of course), and in each grade level, these are usually the same. Often times, I'm stuck with one hour chunk a day to pull students from each grade level, and lunches (usually already reserved for groups). So I find myself doing a lot of strategic planning to fit everyone in. I have my master calendar (that I can take with me to meetings, etc.) and then I use google calendar for my more specific planning (for example, daily individual appointments, small group meetings, etc.). Google calendar has definitely helped me plan my days. The referral system helps me to prioritize: who do I HAVE to see today, and who can wait until tomorrow or the next day. I finally decided that I needed more information to use during my decision making.
My new referral form is a lot more detailed. It has places for students to indicate what kind of problem they are having: School, home, missing someone, with a friend, with a grown up, etc. There are also these options: something not on this list, or I'll tell you in private. I hope that the use of this new referral system will help me be able to prioritize my counseling appointments so that I am better able to meet the immediate needs of my students. I hope to post more about ways that I try to stay organized, and would love to hear from you!
I need to see the Counselor
I am having a problem with…
£ School £ A friend
£ Home £ A grown up
£ Missing someone £ Something not on this list
£ I will tell you in private
My Name: _______________________________________
My Teacher: ______________________________________
Today’s Date: _________________________
How do you organize your guidance & counseling schedule?