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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

Counselor Module – Rewarding and Challenging Situations Facing Counselors Post 2 (M.Redding)
I would imagine counselors find it rewarding when students learn to trust them enough to openly share personal thoughts and feelings. Equally rewarding would be creating an environment where students can relax and feel safe. Affording children an opportunity to bond with someone who accepts them, is dependable, and always supports them, must be an amazing reward. Helping students set goals and seeing students meet those goals would be rewarding to a counselor, as it is to traditional classroom teachers. Being a child advocate must also be tremendously rewarding Challenging situations could include feeling overwhelmed by the volume of work required and lack of resources available to students and counselors. I would imagine the deterioration of social morality also contributes to increasing stress facing counselors. Dealing with students’ stresses everyday must be extremely difficult over time. I’m sure there are many challenges facing counselors I cannot imagine. The counselor interview will enlighten me regarding rewards and challenges I have not considered.

1 comment:

dustinroot said...

I agree that the "Trust" factor plays a major role if not the most important in my mind. Which also supports your next statement about a "relaxed and safe" environment. Students may have some if not many underlying problems that would not be addressed if the guidance counselor did not have that "trust" bond with the student. Many people could qualify for this job, but it takes a special person to be successful!