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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 25, 2011

Perception of Guidance Counselors

When I first got into my school, I was instructed to introduce myself to the counselors so they could get some knowledge of what I teach and who might be interested in my class. The previous years before I got to my school, video production was the "dumping ground" for the most unproductive students. Those that were productive had to drop the class during levels 3 and 4 that was only offered during first period--the period most students take college English.

After talking with counselors and administrators, we changed the periods, we drilled home discipline, and I developed a program that attracts bright students and students who WANT to succeed. The guidance counselors LISTENED and then assessed, and then acted!

On Thursday I have a meeting with the guidance counselor at my school. This meeting will serve two purposes; the first to meet and discuss a plan for my son who is in 10th grade. This plan will work to get my son into the college of his choice. the counselor knows that early intervention gets students on a productive path. And the 2nd reason is to complete the project as per the assignment.

My perception is that the counselors are overwhelmed with the responsibility to guide students on a path. The rest is up to the student. I have immense respect for the counselors at my school because I am in contact with them almost daily working with the strategies of the entire academic team.

I look forward to seeing how they will work for my son on Thursday!

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