As a member of the Facebook group The Elementary School Counselor Exchange, I have read numerous posts about record keeping, accountability, paperless forms and surveys, and a general feeling of distress at the misuse of our specialized education, abilities, and skills. In many schools we are the most expensive lunchroom hostess, hall monitor, or registrar to be found. We are being asked to perform jobs that do not require a Masters degree in School Counseling, and in so doing are being prevented or severely limited in performing the student-centered services that do. When you think about it, this makes school districts and administrators very poor stewards of the human resources they have in their School Counselor. Rather than investing their School Counselor resource in services and programs that can close the achievement gap, administrators are requiring School Counselors to perform tasks that could easily be performed by any number of reasonably intelligent and responsible adults on campus.
actually impair or interfere with the job of being a School Counselor. This is where Google Forms can help a School Counselor provide the process data needed in documenting how their day is spent. There is so much more that can be done with Google Forms in terms of perception data too, but for now let's start with how a School Counselor's day is spent.
The Google Form here is a compilation of duties and responsibilities shared with me by my School Counselor colleagues from the Facebook group The Elementary School Counselor Exchange. The variety of unrelated duties represented in this form have been assigned to School Counselors leaving them, in many cases, without the time or support to pursue relevant school and student needs. It is my hope that School Counselors can use this form to demonstrate, with data and visual representations of graphs, how their time is being spent, both in an effort to create change and to show progress towards that change.
A WORD OF WARNING!
Remember, I made the link to this form public so I could share it with you all. That means the responses (if anyone is thinking of just using the link to this form) are public too. Anyone on the web can see it. So please, do not put student information in the form above before making your own private copy. Usage of this specific link without copying to your Google drive first will result in your data being recorded in a shared file and anyone on the internet can see your confidential student information.
Do you have a method for recording how you deliver services to students? What have you found most effective for collecting process data and giving administrators an understanding of your job role?
If you are interested in more information about Goolge forms, or how you can quickly and easily create your own, follow this link to my post with step by step instructions, with pictures!