Aaron Parker Elementary
Phone: (903) 737-2003 Ext. 3001
98 CR 44112 Powderly, Texas 75743
903.732.3066 Fax 903.669.0139
**Schedule various from day to day
The 2019-2020 school years marks my 8th year in education and 5th with North Lamar ISD. GO PANTHERS!! I graduated from Sam Houston State University (GO BEAR KATS!!) in 2010 and received my Bachelors of Science degree in Agriculture. Shortly after teaching for one year, I felt a need to help students in more ways and become a School Counselor. I graduated from Lamar University in the Fall of 2015 and received my Masters of Education in School Counseling. This school year will be my 3rd year as school counselor at Aaron Parker. And I LOVE every minute of it!
I have been married for seven years to my wonderful husband and we have two children. Carter is 4 and Charley is 1. They are my world! Aside from being a wife and mom; I enjoy reading, shopping, bible journaling and the outdoors.
Test Taking Tips:
How to Cope with Test Anxiety:
TEST ANXIETY???? What Can You Do?
Test anxiety can be a real problem if you're so stressed out over a test that you can't get past the nervousness to focus on the test questions and do your best work. Feeling ready to meet the challenge, though, can keep test anxiety at a manageable level.
Use a little stress to your advantage. Stress is your body's warning mechanism — it's a signal that helps you prepare for something important that's about to happen. So use it to your advantage. Instead of reacting to the stress by dreading, complaining, or fretting about the test with friends, take an active approach. Let stress remind you to study well in advance of a test. Chances are, you'll keep your stress from spinning out of control. After all, nobody ever feels stressed out by thoughts that they might do well on a test.
Ask for help. Although a little test anxiety can be a good thing, an overdose of it is another story entirely. If sitting for a test gets you so stressed out that your mind goes blank and causes you to miss answers that you know, then your level of test anxiety probably needs some attention. Your teacher, your school guidance counselor, or a tutor can be useful resources to talk to if you always get extreme test anxiety.
Be prepared. Some students think that going to class is all it should take to learn and do well on tests. But there's much more to learning than just hoping to soak everything up in class. That's why good study habits and skills are so important — and why no amount of cramming or studying the night before a test can take the place of the deeper level of learning that happens over time with regular study. Many students find that their test anxiety is reduced when they start to study better or more regularly. It makes sense — the more you know the material, the more confident you'll feel. Having confidence going into a test means you expect to do well. When you expect to do well, you'll be able to relax into a test after the normal first-moment jitters pass.
Watch what you're thinking. If expecting to do well on a test can help you relax, what about when people expect they won't do well? Watch out for any negative messages you might be sending yourself about the test. They can contribute to your anxiety. If you find yourself thinking negative thoughts ("I'm never any good at taking tests" or "It's going to be terrible if I do badly on this test"), replace them with positive messages. Not unrealistic positive messages, of course, but ones that are practical and true, such as "I've studied hard and I know the material, so I'm ready to do the best I can." (Of course, if you haven't studied, this message won't help!)
Accept mistakes. Another thing you can do is to learn to keep mistakes in perspective — especially if you're a perfectionist or you tend to be hard on yourself. Everyone makes mistakes, and you may have even heard teachers or coaches refer to mistakes as "learning opportunities." Learning to tolerate small failures and mistakes — like that one problem you got wrong in the math pop quiz — is a valuable skill.
Take care of yourself. Eat a healthy breakfast and get a good night’s sleep. Everything takes time and practice, and learning to beat test anxiety is no different. Although it won't go away overnight, facing and dealing with test anxiety will help you succeed!
What is Bullying?
Bullying is another name for harassment. It can take many forms, such as pushing, kicking, hitting and threatening. It can include name-calling, humiliation, sarcasm and spreading rumors. Another form of bullying is called cyber-bulling when the bullying is done over the internet.
Bullying can have serious, long-term emotional effects. It is not simply “kids being kids.” Bullying affects all aspects of children’s lives, including their ability to learn.
How Do I Know if My Child is Being Bullied?
Bullies can target just about anybody for a number of reasons, but kids who are habitually bullied tend to be those who already have lower self-esteem.
Children are often reluctant to talk to parents about being bullied. They think that involving the parents will make them look weak or make the harassment worse from the bullies.
If you suspect your child is being bullied:
What if My Child is a Victim of Bullying?
Some parents tell their children to strike back at the bullies. That usually creates more problems than it solves. Here are some better solutions to try:
What if My Child is a Bystander?
Peers often know that a child is being bullied before any adults do. Tell your child that bystanders need to act. Ignoring the problem won’t make it go away and may lead the bully to think that bystanders support the bullying. Here are some bystander Dos and Don’ts to share with your child:
Facts About Bullies:
What Should I Do If I Think My Child is a Bully?
If you suspect your child is a bully, take immediate action. Talk with your child about the behavior you expect and the behavior you will not tolerate. Make it clear that your family does not tolerate behavior that hurts other people emotionally, verbally, or physically. Seek help from either the school counselor or an outside counselor for professional advice. Include the school in steps to prevent your child’s behavior, and be a team to both support your child and stop the bullying behavior.
Helping Your Child with Homework
The basic rule is, "Don't do the assignments yourself." It's not your homework—it's your child's. Doing assignments for your child won't help him understand and use information. And it won't help him become confident in his own abilities.
Here are some ways that you can provide guidance without taking over your child's homework.
Help Your Child Get Organized
Help your child to make a schedule and put it in a place where you'll see it often. Writing out assignments will get him used to the idea of keeping track of what's due and when. If your child is not yet able to write, write it for him until he can do it himself.
A book bag or backpack will make it easier for your child to carry homework to and from school. Providing homework folders in which your child can tuck his assignments for safekeeping also can help him to stay organized.
Encourage Good Study Habits
Teachers generally give students tips on how to study. But it takes time and practice to develop good study habits. To reinforce good habits at home, you can:
Talk about the Assignments
Talking and asking questions can help your child to think through an assignment and break it down into small, manageable parts. Here are some questions to ask.
Watch for Frustration
If your child shows signs of frustration, let him take a break. Encourage him and let him see that you know he can do the work. Always speak with your child’s teacher if you notice extreme frustration and the homework taking hours and hours of your evening to complete.
People of all ages respond to praise. And children need encouragement from the people whose opinions they value most—their families. "Good first draft of your book report!" or "You've done a great job" can go a long way toward motivating your child to complete assignments. Children also need to know when they haven't done their best work. Make criticism constructive, however. Instead of telling a fourth grader, "You aren't going to hand in that mess, are you?" say, "The teacher will understand your ideas better if you use your best handwriting.”
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