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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?

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Challenge and Reward

In looking at the history of the school counselor we have seen tremendous change in the challenges that our students face, which has also had a direct impact on the challenges for the counselor. One of the biggest problems that I think the counselor faces is the growing number of non traditional family units. In the 50’s and 60’s parents would send their kids to school with a foundation of a traditional two parent home support unit. Education was a priority and a joint venture to the parents of the 50’s and 60’s. Many of the homes today have single parents that never completed high school themselves and students seem to think it’s ok because their parents never finished. The work ethic of some of the parents that carries over with many of the students creates an environment that is not conducive for learning. Morals of some of the single parent homes also create challenges for today’s counselor. Despite the example that may be demonstrated by the counselor in the six hour day, it is hard to overcome the complex lives and examples that are instilled in the student in their home environment. There are also the negative role models that seem to inundate the students. The emphasis is on making quick money by involving one’s self in illegal activity. Education has a hard time competing with “Why should I wait when I have it now by doing this activity or some other activity?” This is a quick fix to a basic “Maslow” deficiency. This will feed for a day but not a life time. It must also be said that there are some great single mothers and fathers that do a wonderful job in teaching and working with their children at home. What I think would be most rewarding is to see the students that you reach through all the challenges that you face. With all the changes that face the counselor today what will face the counselor in the next generation?

1 comment:

Lyndi said...

As a teacher, it did not occur that guidance counselors could face a challenge with our students who come to us from not so favorable home environments; I had been so focused on the challenges I was facing with them instead! Students are not what they used to be and the things they have seen (even when they were not supposed to) can make reaching them difficult. However, as you already stated, the reward is great to see students thriving beyond the classroom environment into productive citizens of our world and hear about how they overcame their challenges from high school.