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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Counselor Interview

I expect to gain valuable insight into a counselor’s roles and responsibilities. I believe that knowledge is power and in the end will always be an asset. Since I am not in a traditional school, I have given quite a bit of thought to this project and appropriate questions to ask my counselor. She has already been helpful in many ways some probably traditional and some could be a stretch, I am actually unsure. I have had a couple of students who were homeless and she has helped them in many ways. She has asked me to assist students that were badly in need of “extra help” in order to graduate.
I have seen her be very tough on a student with a tremendous amount of absenteeism, but yet she gave him another chance. I really learned something from that encounter.

The interview questions hopefully will elicit the information I need to improve my program. For instance, one question that I cannot wait to ask is “How is the information about my program communicated to other counselors? I have had many students tell me that their counselors or advisors knew nothing of my program and others have told me that they were told it didn’t exist. On another occasion, I had a student placed in my class after two thirds of the program was complete and the student was seeking certification and was told she could catch up. SOooooooooo………I expect improvement.


Dallas,J said...

I agree. I feel that we may learn alot by doing these interviews. I am doing both of them and I really feel the information will be great. The SEVLT at my school is our counslor and she is wonderful. I'm sure I will get some good useful information from her. Being that all of our students are IEP students our staff of counselors ahs more to do. I look foward to doing this project.

ConnieB said...

I have not done my interview yet and honestly am still debating weither doing the school counselor the the technical school administrator. After reading your post, I do believe the most beneficial thing to come from interviewing the school counselor is to find out how much they know about my program and how they help students get placed in my class. I am interested in interviewing a technical school administrator to help build a bridge between my program and the community but I have only been doing this for 1 1/2 years so it may be more important to start within the school making connections and then spread out.

ITechman said...

That is a great idea because I don’t have a clue to what counselors think about my class. As I have been saying in this blog, it is really important for me to talk to the counselors just to get an indication of what is really being said about and thought about the class that I have. Everything you are saying simply reinforces what I should have already done 2 years ago!

Dr. M said...

Hi, Delores - I'm guessing that your counselor is Sandy Sanders and her 1/2 time partner. Sandy is great at helping you with students. Her no-nonsense approach is tempered by fairness and she gets results. When I was there back last century she helped me build the program I inherited back to solid status . . . you'll learn a great deal from your interview with her . . . tell her I said hello.