Today was a very VERY busy day in School Counseling World (maybe because of the super moon last night?). It was a day that called for a little retail therapy after school.
But since I'm not a normal person, my retail therapy did not take place in a shoe store. It took place on Vistaprint.
Look. How. Awesome. . .
So, yeah. I enjoyed the Minute Meeting thing last year, but there were some aspects that didn't really work for me. For one thing, "Minute Meeting" was something of a misnomer so there were only a couple of classes in which I got to meet all of the students. In all, I met slightly more than half the students that way. Not bad, but nowhere near as many as I had hoped.
Also, having lunch with me is now a highly coveted "thing" in our building. I decided to kill two birds with one stone and invite different kids to eat lunch with me throughout the year as a way to at least meet them and touch base. I'm putting class lists on my bulletin board so I can check off those who've already come and see who I've missed.
I think I can have some success with this because:
1) I can eat lunch with 3 or 4 kids at once, so can get through an entire class in about 8 lunch periods.
2) Since our 500+ students are now divided among 5 different 20-minute lunch periods, even if I only schedule lunches one day per week I can see up to 20 kids in that one day.
Of course good intentions and all that, but it feels pretty doable (stop laughing). I'll let you know in June.