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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

Thozi : Most Rewarding and Challenging Experiences

The most rewarding experience for a counselor is go into the classroom and teach guidance related activities directly to students. These activities include the following: How to prepare for academic success, Decision making, Conflict resolution, Substance abuse, Applying for Financial Aid, Preparing for the SAT, Time management skills.

The most challenging experience for a school counselor would be to do scheduling, particularly at the beginning of the year or at the beginning of the semester. Scheduling also includes making changes to existing schedules. It is a stressful time by sheer volume of work that needs to be done. It is a busy time, it is intense, it is high-paced, and people express high emotions. The work is decidedly difficult because it is impossible to please everyone. Sometimes counselors have to deal with angry people, who may be teachers, students or parents.


Suzette said...

Thozi, I have just finished reading your impression of the rewards and challenges experienced by Guidance Counselors. I must admit that I think the counselors find the classroom introduction to careers and the how to of colleges as a bit of a bore. I think they get more from actually allowing the students to engage in the experiences through college tours, college fairs, and speaking engagements. On the other hand I agree wholeheartedly about the challenges that the counselors experience with managing the students' schedules. I saw particular frustration associated with the leveling of classes this fall, both on the part of the counselor and the student. I must admit that the pressures of administration and poor understanding of CTAE requirements places a heavy burden on the Guidance Counselor. Unfortunately, I have realized that administration doesn't always have a full understanding of the CTAE classroom. As a result, the Guidance Counselor is often faced with recreating assignments which should have been created within the boundaries of CTAE guidelines, i.e., pathway sequencing. Thanks for posting and allowing me to express my view associated with your post.

Thozi said...

I hear you well. However, my comments were based on an interview with a live counselor where my child attends school. These were not really my opinions, as such. This particular counselor remarked that her father was a teacher. I remarked that the way she explained so many things makes me believe that she is a good teacher. Teaching is in her blood, I said. She replied, with a smile, saying that her father would be pleassed to hear that.