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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?

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Rewards and Challenges of Being a Guidance Counselor (Lyndi Quinones)

Guidance counselors are able to directly impact student success in academic, career development, and personal growth. They offer the students an outlet when parents, teachers, and peers have not had an understanding rapport with them. With the implementation of specific standards and legislations, guidance counselors are able to provide services with students before personal crises or academic deficiencies become too big to bear. They share in the successes of the school by being advocates not just for the students they serve, but also for the teachers who often times are blamed for students' personal and academic obstacles in school. On that same note, teachers and guidance counselors can disagree on the roles that the latter takes on, relying on guidance counselors to be disciplinarians instead of meaningful members of the faculty. Due to the many roles guidance counselors undertake, they may not be ultimately happy with what they are doing, and the passion that brought them to this field may be lost to more mundane tasks within the school. Opportunities for professional development seem limited to mostly teachers, so the thought of having them be absent to attend conferences or other events may be an expense that the school may not pay or grant to them. All in all, the importance of guidance counselors within high schools is felt with much praise for them, but there needs to be more of a balance when it comes to giving them adequate time to complete the job they signed up to do.

1 comment:

Redding said...

Enjoyed reading your "Rewards and Challenges" post. I agree whole heartedly that counselors may well find themselves feeling like they are unable to perform the job they signed up to do. Counselors are "people persons" obviously, so finding themselves religated to mundane paper pushing jobs must be extremely challenging and frustrating. I would imagine the balancing act counselors face is a difficult one! I look forward to my counselor interview.
Melissa Redding