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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

Rewards and Challenges -Post 2

I think one of the biggest challenges faced by GCs is universal understanding and assistance from staff. There are many times when we as educators are asked to complete various forms, refer a certain population and collect data. The requests go unanswered and are oftentimes disregarded. I along with other staffers are guilty of complaining about the extra work that I don't have time to do for other people. Because the GCs are situated in the front office and they rarely come out until test time, people wonder "What are they doing?"; "What do they do everyday?" and "If I do their job, I won't be able to do mine". I am now able to see the importance of the requests. I can now associate counselor's request to the census count. The information is needed to get better programming, more opportunities and an effective counseling department that can better serve the masses.

I think the most rewarding situation a GC faces is when they have worked a case from top to bottom with a powerful and fruitful resolution. I believe counselors are compassionate people that want the best for our students. When faced with a problem beyond scheduling, if a counselor can obtain resources from the community to help not only the student but his/her family, I think that alone reward GCs immeasurably.

1 comment:

Tonya said...

I couldn't agree more, Anitra. I, too, have been one of those that disregard some of the request that I have received from the guidance office. I think that we sometimes only see things from our perspective and don't fully understand what those around us are doing. I know that I hear all too often, " I don't know why it is so hard for the counselors to understand why these kids can't be in my class!" It is always so easy to complain and not be supportive when we view situations as one sided. My roster situation may be so insignificant in comparison to what that guidance counselor may be helping a student deal with. I think a little understanding and assistance would go a long way.