anonymous asked:

I hate how much people seem to dislike Hagrid. They're like "he's not a very good teacher" because Malfoy got injured during a class. It may have been irresponsible to show the hippogriffs to them, yes, but Hagrid gave explicit instructions on how to deal with wild animals, and it was Malfoy's choice to ignore them. I mean, he was fucking thirteen, that's old enough to know better. Hagrid was my favorite in the books.

I mean, let’s be honest here, very few Hogwarts teachers were super great teachers, because Hogwarts, as a school, was super poorly administrated. I get sorting the students, that’s a pretty common practice, but where were the dedicated guidance counselors? If a student had a problem with their head of house, who would they report it to? Did they have a school psychologist? Whenever they cancel finals in celebration of something, what happens to the students who were depending on that last grade to bump them into the “passing” range?


Okay, yeah, I get it. You saw a whole lady’s corpse when you were a little girl, and you were fine.

Yes. Although, for some reason that I do not understand, I kept staging my own death- pretending that I drowned in the bathtub, faking electrical shock. It really freaked my parents out. Once when Russ saw me hanging, he had to go see the school psychologist.

But otherwise, you were fine.


Are there any other People of Color out there who feel totally isolated and out of place in their Graduate studies? Because I don’t know why but I seem to have unintentionally alienated myself from the rest of my cohort….by being the only one who doesn’t think educational apartheid in the US isn’t funny. Like all everyone wants to do is play the game “who has the craziest story about how hood their students are?”
And it’s lonely and it sucks

So I’ve been thinking and I’m rethinking what I wanna be after college and such.

I wanted to work specifically with teens dealing with like psychological disorders and depression/self harm type things but I’m starting to think I should be a school guidance counselor instead, only the type that doesn’t do all the scheduling and such.

I’m trying to do research on school psychologist jobs but I can’t figure out the way to word it.

jaimelannisters-hand asked:

Hi! I've noticed that you're a school psychologist and I am aspiring to be one myself. I'm looking to start graduate school next fall if I get in to a school psychology program. I was wondering if you would be willing to give me any advice of what to look forward to and anything I should do that would better my chances into getting into a program.

Well, the chances of getting into a program that starts this fall are pretty slim, so I hope you mean next fall!  Most schools require applications by February of the year but sometimes as early as December.  So if you’re looking to go Fall of 2015, I’d start looking at those application deadlines right now!  Many schools require letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and essays - you’ll want to have all of those in line before you start applying or the anxiety will start piling on quickly!

In terms of getting in, I would try to gain as many experiences in schools as you can…including contacting a local school psychologist and asking if you can shadow a few times.  Working in schools or volunteering in schools and having an understanding of what school psychologists do and why you want to be one will be extremely valuable.  We have incredibly unique positions within a school system and are called on for a variety of reasons.  Flexibility, organization, and trustworthy are important traits to possess….people tend to treat you as a sounding board for any and all issues and they want to know you will provide advice and can be trusted.  Communication - in person, on the phone, over email - you have to be comfortable with it and this is something that you will likely hone in on in grad school. 

School Psychology grad school tends to extremely intense (not that I’ve gone through other grad programs) but from my own experience we were constantly reminded that we were becoming experts in two fields (Psychology and Education) and with that, added intensity!  I worked in the summer and did occasional nanny work during my program but anything more really seemed to interfere with the program (from what I saw of other individuals in my cohort).  They really do demand your full attention throughout the three years. 

Apply to at least 5 more schools then you were originally planning. I know my program had over 500 applicants and accepted 10…they’re competitive.  When applying and writing essays and eventually when you go on interviews, make sure you know the faculty and their concentrations for each individual school as well as what their overall approach to the school psychology program is, being able to talk confidently about these things will go a long way to an acceptance.  You have to be likable and you have to like working with people.  Also, it’s always good to have a little humor.  This job requires it!

Lastly, the NASP (National Association of School Psychologists) has tons and tons and tons of valuable information.  You’ll want to check here for hot topics and get a good understanding of where this field is at and where it is heading.  You’ll want to know about MTSS, differentiated instruction, curriculum, and what it means to make a data based decision. 

So sometimes I pretend like I’m a secret agent when I walk into and out of school buildings because as soon as people see me they need to talk to me and I am somehow always the solution to the problem and sometimes I just don’t have time to stop because i’m all over the place and today while leaving the building I failed big time at being super secret and ended up being there two hours after my planned departure and now I have follow up to do for the rest of the year. 

Must be more stealthy.