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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?

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Counselor Interview

Well, I didn't initially think that the counselor's did a lot during the day, but when I actually tried to track one down to set up an interview it was really difficult! I think this interview project will cause me to achieve a difference perspective and appreciation for what our counselor's actually do. From speaking with one counselor for a few minutes, they are panicking about graduation now. We, as teachers, get the bulk of our graduation work/duties at the end of April or May. I've never really understood their thought process on putting students into my automotive class. The majority of my first year students tell me they were just signed up for automotive. Also, I have eight students in ONE CLASS, that are wonderful probationers of our school probation officer. In my opinion, that is why that class period is so...... less than desirable! So, it would be interesting to me to know exactly how much thought process and consideration is put into scheduling students for classes. Also, what factors are taken for students that continue to fail the same subject, such as Algebra or Literature. CTAE courses mandate a certain amount of mathematics, science, reading and writing. Ideally, we as CTAE Teachers, do not want to have the students that refuse to try to learn reading and writing. Well, I hope I get a lot out of the interview. I definitely have some big questions to ask! Have a great weekend!

1 comment:

Dr. M said...

Hi, Andrea - very thoughtful post. I would like to add that one of the initial reasons for our programs at the high school level was to help with the dropout rate. It was felt that for the students who did not 'connect' with the traditional classes that our 'real-life' classes would be more meaningful and interesting and offer solid options for students who were on the verge of dropping out, or who were struggling in 'regular' classes.

Counselors may be placing students in our programs in the hope that something will click and their interest will be tweaked at least enough to graduate, or, that they will find a meaningful career in your area of specialty. Our challenge is to find a way to bring out that student interest and guide them in the direction of their strengths. It will be interesting to hear how your interview goes. Good luck!