To the Girl Who Cries At Night

erinluong:

This is so true and meaningful for me too. enjoy

Originally posted on Blogging Through the Fourth Dimension:

To the girl who cries at night,

You may not want to hear my words.   You may not want me to care.  You may think that we adults, we teachers, have no idea what you are going through.  You may think that the world is coming apart, that all of those people you thought you could trust, who cared about you, turned out to be frauds.  You write your poetry, telling your teachers that it is not personal, you speak to us of friends that are having a hard time. You reach out, but you shield yourself in every possible way.  Just so we don’t catch on to the fact that it is not your friends that are hurting, it is you.

And I get it.  Right now, life seems like it is too much and there is no way to dig yourself out.  Like having a concerned teacher will…

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Snowball’s of Advice from Bishop Carroll’s Mental Health Symposium.

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On January 7th , 2015, during our Mental Health/ Wellness Symposium students found solutions to real world problems.

Activity: Snowball Advice

You don’t have to look far to get advice. Some of the best advice comes from your peers

  • Please write down on the form provided, a situation which  you or someone you know, may be struggling with right now. (do not add any names).
  • Crumple the form into a snowball and toss it into the center of the room.
  • When instructed by the facilitators reach down and grab one of the snowballs from the floor (making sure that it is not your original form).
  • Read over the situation and provide some healthy advice for how to handle the situation in the first column.
  • When you are done, once again crumple your paper into a snowball and toss it to the center of the room
  • Repeat steps 3-5 two more times.- try not to repeat any ideas or advice that has already been written on the form.
  • At the end of this symposium we will be collecting all of the situations and suggestions and compiling a google document. Please check back on the document at a later date to receive your peer advice.

We’re extremely excited and proud to share their thoughtful, helpful, responses. Please scan the QR code to take a look at the advice  Bishop Carroll students shared.

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Kick off to 10 Reasons to Live: Bishop Carroll’s 2nd Annual Mental Health Symposium

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Where do you go from here?.. Career Exploration with High School Students

One aspect of my job as a high school counsellor is to help my students reflect on what they may want to do after high school. I personally remember feeling very apprehensive as a student about which jobs were out there and how people actually found their careers.

The world is full of possibility. One of the ways that we at Bishop Carroll, have attempted to share these opportunities with our students was by inviting our parents and alumni to an event we called CAREER SPEED DATING.  The event was a success and we are hoping to make it an annual tradition at Bishop Carroll.

Check out the following video create by @Sspellmancann

What do you think about this event?  How do you promote Career Exploration at your own school? All suggestions and ideas are welcome

Connected Courses MOOC (#ccourses) and #oclmooc: Communities Dealing With Violations  

erinluong:

A great reflection on living and learning in our online communities

Originally posted on Building Creative Bridges:

We shouldn’t be surprised when we discover that our communities—onsite as well as online—are less safe than we expect them to be. But we are. Because we really do want to believe the best of people even though so many of them/us prove to be less than worthy of that trust. Which is probably why “trust” and “community and collaboration” are among the important aspects of online learning currently receiving attention both in the Connected Courses MOOC (#ccourses) and the Open and Connected Learning MOOC (#oclmooc)communities of learning.

ccourses_logoThese two connectivistmassive open online courses (MOOCs) are creating a wonderful sense of what is possible in well-managed and well-supported communities of learning. They are also providing ample opportunities—some of them unanticipated—for us to celebrate the positive side of online interactions and to react and respond to the less savory side of the online world—rather than abandoning online interactions…

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Spirit Week

I have the honor and the privledge of working at Bishop Carroll, one of the most fantastic schools in the city. We have a reputation for being one of the most welcoming high school communities. One of the ways we foster this sense of community is through relationship and team building opportunities.

This past week we offered a SPIRIT WEEK for our students. Each day was filled with opportunities for students to interact and have fun.

Monday- Casey the our mascot was around the building. We also hosted an In -province Post Secondary fair in the afternoon.

Tuesday-  Carroll Apparel Day. Students were encouraged to wear this years school shirts. We also had a school opening mass.

Wednesday– Clubs Day- Over the lunch hour students were invited to the gym to check out displays from our over 22 clubs. I am pleased to be one of the teacher sponsors for the anime club this year, and was proud to watch my team sign up over 30 new members.

Thursday- We had a fall sport pep rally. After school students who wanted to attend the football game were able to gather before the game to create a cheering section.

Friday- Carroll Carnival. For the last two hours of the day students were able to participate in a variety of sports and amusement activities.

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This week provided many opportunites for chats, laughs, smiles and general enjoyment. I feel that it has a fantastic impact on the school moral and cohesiveness.

How do other school build a sense of community in their buildings? I look forward to learning from you and reading your responses.