For the past 15 years, I have worked as an Educational Psychologist, from a school board office. Over the years, I have worked in many schools, but have not really been part of any particular school staff. I just kinda went in, did “my thing” and left. While the work of being a Guidance Counsellor is very similar, in terms of testing and counselling, being part of a school staff is a whole different experience for me!
Take Wednesday, for example. I was walking down the hallway when an exuberant 7 year old zoomed past me, running to his classroom. I just smiled at his enthusiasm…..until his classmate looked up at me and said, “Hey, that kid is running in the corridors! Aren’t you going to do anything about it?” As a visitor to the school, I would have gotten away with ignoring this blatant example of breaching school rules, but not anymore! Lesson learned. Other lessons learned from my first week back at work:
-If you are going to wear heels, expect to have sore feet at the end of the day.
-Supervision duty with grade 1 students can be the longest 20 minutes of your life.
-Those bells are ringing for a reason. When you hear them, stop whatever you are doing (eating, peeing, or chatting with your colleagues) and immediately return to your office or classroom.
-Joking about your cancer can help your colleagues to feel at ease, and lets them know that they don’t have to “walk on eggshells” around the issue.
-Teachers definitely don’t get paid enough for the wonderful work they do! (And they deserve EVERY holiday!)