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As a school counselor, I view listening as the most essential part of my job. When we feel hurt, angry, confused, or even lost, we’re usually not looking for advice but instead someone to listen and validate our feelings.  This is what I hope to offer every person who comes to my office.

The beginning of a new school year can be both exciting and overwhelming. I want to remind the middle school and high school students that I am here to support and listen to them.

 

Gratitude

Most of us were raised to be polite and respectful, and saying “thank you” is an essential piece of good manners.  But for how many of us has saying “thank you” become a reflex, something we mindlessly utter to the shop clerk or bus driver?  How many of us actually spend any amount of time really reflecting on our gratitude?

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Cristina Varriale

As a school counselor, I view listening as the most essential part of my job. When we feel hurt, angry, confused, or even lost, we’re usually not looking for advice but instead someone to listen and validate our feelings.  This is what I hope to offer every person who comes to my office.

The beginning of a new school year can be both exciting and overwhelming. I want to remind the middle school and high school students that I am here to support and listen to them.

 

 

 

Several years ago, I attended a workshop on mindfulness. The facilitator used the above Kanji to illustrate how we should listen to each other, explaining how each part of the character represented a different piece of the listening process.  There is a representation of the ear and eyes, the tools we use to both hear the spoken words and observe the affect behind those words. There is a straight line to represent the undivided attention we should offer when listening. And my favorite part, the open heart, reminding us to listen with compassion and without judgment.  

As a school counselor, I view listening as the most essential part of my job. When we feel hurt, angry, confused, or even lost, we’re usually not looking for advice but instead someone to listen and validate our feelings.  This is what I hope to offer every person who comes to my office.

The beginning of a new school year can be both exciting and overwhelming. I want to remind the middle school and high school students that I am here to support and listen to them.  Students who wish to see me may make an appointment by using this link. This will automatically bring them to my schedule so that they may see when I am available and make an appointment that is convenient for them.  Of course, if a student is having a particularly bad day she may also just pop into my office.

PSHE classes have already begun.  Grade 7s have looked at exploring differences and what we can gain when we embrace different perspectives.  Grades 8, 9, and 10 have started a unit on time management and self-care. Other topics we’ll explore this year are study skills, staying healthy, and keeping ourselves safe.

Finally, I am delighted to once again be offering “Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way”, a two-day workshop that will certify participants to teach Positive Discipline Parenting Courses.  I am hoping that one or two “graduates” of the workshop will then go on to offer the full parenting course here at Seisen. The certification workshop will take place on October 20th and 21st from 9am-5pm in the Drama Room.

I am looking forward to another year of "Learning to love and loving to learn" with my students and colleagues. I feel confident that through deeper listening to and understanding of each other, we will strengthen our wonderful community and build stronger collaboration!

 

Welcome Back!

As a school counselor, I view listening as the most essential part of my job. When we feel hurt, angry, confused, or even lost, we’re usually not looking for advice but instead someone to listen and validate our feelings.  This is what I hope to offer every person who comes to my office.

The beginning of a new school year can be both exciting and overwhelming. I want to remind the middle school and high school students that I am here to support and listen to them.

 

Gratitude

Most of us were raised to be polite and respectful, and saying “thank you” is an essential piece of good manners.  But for how many of us has saying “thank you” become a reflex, something we mindlessly utter to the shop clerk or bus driver?  How many of us actually spend any amount of time really reflecting on our gratitude?

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