My Experience Of School Psychology

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Throughout my undergraduate and the first part of my graduate experience to become a school psychologist, I experienced a lot of doubt. Psychology was something I enjoyed and was relatively good at. I decided to keep going because honestly there was realistically nothing else for me to do. School psychology was something I would continue to pursue and try for at least a few years, and move on if I still did not “love” what I was doing.
My practicum experience erased this doubt. I have learned so much about my chosen career throughout the last few months, including relationship building skills, team decision making, how different schools implement different levels of student supports. These skills came more easily than others, but with the
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North Middle has a very intricate system of administrators, special education instructors and general education teachers, and Area Education Agency professionals. From other’s experiences, I understand that there are often “power battles” between these three “branches” of schools; administrators want control of the teachers, teachers want control of their classrooms, and AEA staff want a place to work that preferably isn’t the janitors closet. However, in my time there so far, I am not seeing this power struggle. Every member at North Middle has a voice, and every voice is carefully considered and respected.
The team-mentality of the staff has allowed for greater flexibility and effectiveness in choosing and implementing interventions for an incredibly wide range of students. Each member has their own unique role, with none seen as more important than the other. There is a great amount of independence in individual duties, but every single decision is made as a team. Never once have I doubted that the student’s needs are second to anything else at this school, and I am convinced it is because of their relationship and team-building skills they encourage in all of their
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Having attended a small rural school 10 miles north of Sioux City, my “diversity experience” was extremely limited. Even my experience in undergrad was limited, as most of the students in my history and psychology majors were from similar academic backgrounds and upbringings. I can honestly say that I experienced some “culture shock” when I entered North Middle. While I’m still getting used to the different environment, I am learning so much about the cultures and needs of Sioux City families. This has given me a greater understanding and deeper connection to my community that I thought I knew so well. I would definitely say that this experience as made me feel more invested in the well-being of my

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