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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, January 31, 2010

Ginger's Post 1

My impressions of the roles and responsibilities of the guidance counselor did not change greatly but I do now have a better understanding of how much detail goes into their job. I knew that they met with each student individually at least twice a year (more if requested) but I did not realize how much information they must cover during those meetings. The guidance counselor must provide counseling programs in three domains: academic, career, and personal/social. I think about how student's moods and decisions change daily. The counselor must be able to decipher through everything and assist the student for their current time in high school but also for their career in the future.

I also did not think about all of their involvement with the special needs students and assisting the student and teachers in making the best decisions. The guidance counselor must attend all IEP meetings, which I know because I am asked to attend many myself, can be overwhelming.

"School administrators sometimes assign counselors such responsibilities as class scheduling, discipline, and administration. These tasks can be integrated with the goals of school counseling but can also dilute the time available for helping individuals." This quote was surprising to me because I thought that it was their job to do scheduling and handle discipline but instead those tasks can sometimes interfere with their true job and purpose of assisting students in making appropriate educational and career choices and to help students overcome personal and social problems which may interfere with learning.

I now feel that the true purpose of a guidance counselor is to have a one on one relationship with the student concerning their academic education, future career goals, and personal issues that may prevent them from being the best they can be. Unfortunately many guidance counselors get dealt so many other tasks that their "purpose" just becomes one of many things to get done. The problem with this is that we end up with students that dream of becoming a nurse, chef, or public defender but never have an opportunity to take these classes in high school because they are not an individual but rather a number.

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