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1. Only use your first name (no last names, addresses, IM screen names, etc.)
2. Show respect and consideration of others when posting and commenting. This includes individuals, students, organizations, political parties, colleagues, etc.
3. Check all posts for spelling and grammar errors before posting.
4. Protect the privacy of others. Gain permission from other people before you write about them. Avoid sharing someone else's last name. Use job titles or pseudonyms when writing about experiences with your co-workers or students.
5. Watch your language. Use politically correct and non-offensive language.
6. Make sure you write about things that are factual.
7. Keep your postings education-oriented. Avoid discussing plans for the weekend, etc.

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

Newer Impressions of the Roles of Guidance Counselors (Lyndi Quinones)

After going through the reading and literature on the history of guidance counseling, its requirements within the university settings, and the time allocations in high school for the state of Georgia, I am more convinced that guidance counselors can still be a crucial advocate in the academic success of our students. Even so, the economic constraints that our school systems are feeling make it so that their positions are the first to be examined in terms of efficacy and the schools' economic sustainability. The roles of guidance counselors have remained the same; they are not just looked at people who will listen, but also as members of the administration who coordinate testing schedules and materials, plan events that bring about community support, assist teachers within the classroom setting, and even serve as assistant principals on a regular basis. When they are allowed to effectively do their jobs, guidance counselors are involved in a positive partnership between parents, teachers, and students. Unfortunately, the many roles that they take on within their schools can impair their ability to feel fulfilled and happy in their roles as guidance counselors and, more often than not, create a sense of burnout and fatigue rather than zeal and enthusiasm for their work. Nevertheless, parents continue to rely on guidance counselors to help their students as they grow and develop throughout adolescence and confront the challenges that come with turning into an adult.

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