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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

Revised Opinion of Guidance Counselors

When I wrote the first paragraph for this assignment I felt like I had a pretty good idea of what a school guidance counselor does. If I had gone by what I have witnessed as a teacher I would have thought that the counselors were just the nice folks in the office who mess up my class rosters every semester! I did, however, have an experience with the guidance counselors at my high school when I was a high school student, so I knew that there was more to it than that. I knew from my experience that the counselors were there for students that they considered to be "at risk". What I didn't realize is how much time these counselors have to put into their education. I knew that a counseling degree is usually at a Master's level and takes about 2 years to complete the course work. I did NOT realize that these professionals have to put in 700 hours of practicum hours. Wow! I also had not thought about how all of the problems facing students today (teen pregancy, gangs, etc.) would put so much more on the guidance staff. I had not thought about the fact that the guidance counselors have to be available to the parents and school staff as well as being there for all of the students. I already believed that the counselors were under appreciated and these articles have just confirmed it for me. I don't believe I will be making the change from teacher to guidance counselor any time in my future! What I will do is smile when my roster is messed up at the beginning of each semester and see if there is anything that I can do to help the situation.

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