Revised: One of my personal mottos that I share with team members is we are not successful until our students find success for themselves. This part of the RAMP process allows me to have a self-check if I am making a difference in students mindsets and behaviors in regards to their thoughts and actions at school.
The data that was acquired through the use of surveys from students and data that I have collected based on student behaviors and referrals was used to design the lessons and timing for the core curriculum to the students. I have required lessons/concepts that I am supposed to provide. While I do meet those requirements getting to understand how the students think, act, believe, perceive and fell allows me to adjust the lessons to meet their needs and not the needs of a system set by someone else.
The data on that I have shared supports that what I am doing as a school counselor is closing the gap for students socially, academically, and career realms. At the elementary level the emphasis is on the academic and social/emotional mindsets of the students. Career is addressed and is considered a priority but not to the degree of the others.
The future implications for me as a counselor is, what will I do with what I know? Here is my plan. I plan to be at Lakevue for at least 10 more years. I love what I do, I love the changes that I can see in the students from fall to spring, I love seeing the data as a support tool for the decisions I have made, and I love analyzing that data to create the next steps I take as the school counselor. The lessons that I completed this year had an overall positive effect on the students. I have looked closely at the data to see what changes I can make on a regular basis. One of those changes I made this year was to change the timing of the 3rd grade "stop-think-go" lesson to earlier in the year. This lesson had a positive effect on the behaviors of the students. I left pictures of the model with the teachers to be hung up in the classroom. I had the students create a visual image to go in their AVID binders. And I had a mini one laminated to the back of my work badge so the students had a constant reinforcer of the lesson. My goal for next year is to do the same thing. Also, my goal is to look at how that group of students is doing in 4th grade and to make sure that I help continue their growth in a positive movement of self-control.
The other future implication for me is not just for me but for the counseling profession as a whole in the school setting. This data shows how a difference can be made when there is a focus on students mental wellness in the school setting.
The data is there for me to share with families what services students are receiving and the impact for them in school. The data is also there for students who are brought to RTI because of the growing gaps in their progress. I can share with the team what I have provided for all students and the differences it has made.
The best part for me about doing this part of the RAMP process is that I didn't do this to jump through hoops but I did this to try and make me an even better agent of change for students. I have gained new skills, improved my own mindset and know and I will be better able to help students tomorrow than today.