This year our school will be focusing on the 3 R's: Relationships, Respect, and Responsibility. We believe that if you build relationships with people, you will be inspired to be respectful and responsible to others. Classroom and school rules will be tied to these concepts.
We will also be focusing on Mindset. There are two types of mindset, Fixed vs Growth. People in a fixed mindset believe you either are or are not’t good at something, based on your inherent nature, because it’s just who you are. People in a growth mindset believe anyone can be good at anything, because your abilities are entirely due to your actions. My classroom lessons will focus on guiding students to identify their mindset and help it to grow.
The general rules of confidentiality for counselors are very different from those of teachers. Confidentiality is important to maintain a trusting relationship with students. Students are told that what they tell Mrs. Blair will stay in her office unless one of the three things occur:
1. Someone is hurting you.
2. You want to hurt someone.
3. You want to hurt yourself.
Only then will Mrs. Blair tell someone to make sure they are safe and healthy. Information is never disclosed to other staff members, parents, or students unless permission is granted. If a student discloses information deemed crucial to a child's safety or well-being, the student is informed that his/her parents must be notified. The exception to the general rules is if information is court mandated.
Feel free to contact me at any time. I am looking forward to beginning my journey as a school counselor with the families and students at Reading Hilltop.