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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

Post 1: My changed view of the role of Guidance Counselors

After completing the review of the history and review of the Guidance Counselor, my view of the role and responsibilities is essentially unchanged. As a parent of 2 elementary schools, I have had the opportunity to observe the active role and responsibilities of the 2 wonderful counselors employed in my children's school. As an instructor, I have had the opportunity to observe how the counselors at my school interact with the students and the staff. The counselors in my school are always "strapped" for time. The review of the assigned websites helped me to realize that the role of the counselor is so broad and all encompassing that there are major struggles to complete all of the tasks associated with the job. Their role touches the student, the instructor, the administrator, the parent and the community. That is quite a task to accomplish in a large population of students. I had a deep respect for the tasks that counselors assume prior to completing the website reviews. I still do.

The most amazing component to me was the review of the educational requirement to fulfill the M.Ed at GSU and UGA. I was floored to find that candidates are required to complete 700 practicum hours. Although both educational institutions offer the convenience of evening and summer classes, that has to be an extremely burdensome undertaking. When I think about the commitments to family, employment, and social/community involvement, I contemplate how an individual maintains sanity during this educational venture. Overwhelmingly, this has earned the highest esteem for those professionals that are capable of completing the rigors associated with the program requirements. I believe that those rigors help to prepare the counselors for the career demands that are experienced once employed as a school counselor. During a 700 hour practicum, I am sure that the professionals develop skills and interventions that give them the confidence and knowledge to guide the population served. Once again, I possessed a deep respect for the tasks that counselors conquer every day prior to the reviews. I still do

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