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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 30, 2010

Bruce - Guidance Module POST 1

The biggest surprise I encountered during the research for the Guidance Counselor Module was the emphasis on the mental/behavioral aspect of dealing with students. I remember in elementary school, the guidance counselors were very involved in teaching us about personal character, conflict resolution etc. At the high school level, I never considered that many students may still need those lessons, and the guidance counselor must be prepared to deal with those students effectively. I could only imagine having to tell a student that the college/career of their choice would not be a viable option for them. It is a good thing counselors are prepared to help our students on a variety of fronts. I was also impressed by the long list of items the state DOE has assigned to counselors to be either in charge of, or assist with. I always knew that the guidance department was a busy place - now I know exactly why. My impressions of the education requirements for guidance counselors has also changed. My post-secondary experience was in Mass Media, not education, leaving me with little knowledge of everything teachers must learn before entering the classroom. I had mistakenly lumped guidance counselors in with the average undergrad who majors in education. Now I know the academic pursuit one must undertake to become an effective guidance counselor.


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Thozi said...
It's good to see that even in the early grades you had some sort of guidance services. How about growing up in a country where there is NO such service at all? It's only in the 60's that I began to hear of guidance activities in a limited way, but even those were supposed to help kids who had "problems", or those who could not cope. It's so interesting to see how things have changed. For me, it's like living in another planet altogether!

Anitra said...

Bruce I totally agree with your post. For so long I assumed all GCs were former teachers with a twist. At my location, two of the GCs are former Prison Counselors so I felt that at some point they were more qualified. They came from the field and delt with real life situations of a troubled population somewhat similar to our school population. After reading the research I have a better understanding. I am now able to put their duties into terms in which I can understand and relate to. This assignment has really done wonders for my GC outlook. Now, if someone could just tell me what the SchoolMax lady does..I'd be OK...(lol)