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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, February 27, 2011

Elluminate Live

Pro's: I like using elluminate live because it's a very convenient way to have class and it beats driving to Alpharetta once a week and I like having the option of being at home for my session. Although, I have taken online classes before, I never new about elluminate live until NTI. What I like most about elluminate live is the fact that we can communicate with each other during class.

Con's: However, what concerns me about elllumiante live are technical issue that occur with the mic's and headsets. Also, while I like the the break out sessions and working in groups, I wish that we didn't have so many problems with the whiteboard because I think it would be great to utilize and effective.

Elluminate Live

When I tell someone about this new way of on-line classes, they are amazed at the technology that is available today. This is the first on-line coarse that I have ever taken. I hope that future classes are at the same caliber. I like that we can respond verbally with each other, just as we are in the classroom. The only thing I dislike is when the technology has its glitches. One of the pros is that we don't have to on campus. And the con is not seeing anyone. I was glad to have the summer session to be able to personally meet and spend time with each other to at least remember what every one looks like.

Elluminate Live

Elluminate Live is a new concept for me. I am use to the classroom environment. I love being inside the classroom because of the direct contact with students and instructors. Elluminate Live has pros's and con's. The pros's are no driving to class and you can learn at home. The Con's are sometimes it is difficult to join the session.

Elluminate Live

I really like Elluminate Live. I believe this is the direction of our future, not only for education, but also for our business world. I welcome the chance to view a webinar or Elluminate Live because of the rising cost of oil and gasoline. I am very appreciative to be able to log onto a class via the internet, and do my work at the home or office, and get the college credit. I think Dr. Burns does an excellent job in making the class as interesting as possible. We will always have glitches to work out, that is just the way it is, until technology improves. I have to create one hour of online test and lessons in ANGEL weekly, in every class that I teach at the technical college level. I am well acquainted with the glitches that can occur. I realize the technology phenomenon is the wave of our future in education. The electronic age is here to stay, so I think we should all jump on board and take off.

Elluminate Live

I think this method of teaching and delivery of information works for this program at this time.

Pro: We are all working full time positions. With a normal career, it always seemed possible for me to alter my schedule and fit in college work. Teaching, however, seems very different. The time teaching is rigid and occupies 8 hours and then there is an easy 1-2 hours a day devoted to other duties. Being able to go home, take a class, and the benefits of easy logistics works.

Con: Nothing beats a one on one interaction of a classroom. We all got to know each other in the summer classes and can understand and visualize what an individual looks like and thinks in a response. I think our current sessions would be different without this background.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Elluminate Live

I must say I enjoy Elluminate Live. I realize there are times when it takes a while to log in and sometimes connection is even lost. Despite all of those things I welcome Elluminate Live as a platform to take a class. Like anything that is new, there will be glitches. But after a while adjustments are made and if they are not made the program will survive or die. I really like being able to come home and be home with my daughter. I also like the fact that I do not have to drive to Alpharetta which saves me money on gas. There is one point I would like to make about Elluminate Live, I do miss the interaction between classmates and the instructors. Other than that I like Elluminate Live and look forward to taking other classes on line using this format.

Pros and Cons of Elluminate Live

Sometimes it is difficult to get use to new ideas and forms of teaching if that is not how you learned. I have always liked the classroom setting. Once I got over the initial anxiety about being able to log on in a timely manner, I have actually enjoyed Elluminate live. Elluminate live allows me to avoid driving, which is always a plus. It is comfortable being at home and other tasks can be completed, for example laundry while still having class. On the con side, the inability to get the headphones or the mic to work adequately is irritating at times. Tech support was very helpful when my system was not working. Also, I miss the personal interaction that we have in class. The break out sessions can be a little difficult when you are talking one at a time. Overall, I give Elluminate live a thumbs up!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

elluminate live pro's and con's

I really like elluminate live class.

Pros: I like the way we can hear what everyone point of view. The chat box is the best when you just don't feel like talking to anyone. It makes me feel close to my classmate even though everyone is in their own elements. When I was out of class for those couple of day I felt so lost I never thought I would feel that way about class.

Cons: I dislike when Alvin invades our classroom just when things are getting interesting. Sometimes I wish I was in a classroom setting so I can ask more question and get one on one assistance. Oh yeah, I really, really dislike when the internet knocks me offline and then I have to miss out on the lecture/directions.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Elluminate pro's and con's

I like using Elluminate Live. I think the pro's outweigh the con's of the system as a whole. I like still being able to communicate live with my classmates and not having to worry about childcare or being home to cook dinner. I love the fact that it is so convent and you can log on almost anywhere. I do miss the face to face connection during class time but not having to drive is far more important (especially with the gas prices climbing!). I think it is neat that the instructors can still place us in groups to talk in small groups. Using the white board and coming up with ideas is fun as well. The system is temperamental at times but I would defiantly take another Elluminate class and I would tell anyone else to do the same.


This is my first time taking an online course. I have had ongoing issues logging in to Elluminate on a weekly basis. It takes me about 20 to 25 minutes to log in to the system. On a scale of 1 to 10 I would give this system a 5. The two major cons to me would be too many lost moments of instruction (for instance when the mike drops), and insufficient technical support.

However, with all the challenges we faced I must say that the material presented have been valuable to me and I have gained additional knowledge/skills from each presentation thus far. High fives to Dr. Burns and Ms. Chillis in that regard but thumbs down to Elluminate.

Two major pros would be that I learned a new technology, and I saved time and money by not having to travel from point A to B. Will I consider taking another online course? Yes I will, but I would need to have more classroom sessions included. Personally I do better in the classroom setting as I enjoy the personal interaction with teachers and classmates.

Elluminate Live

Wow, what an eyeopener this Elluminate Live has been. I really can't think of too many con's except we may have technical issues from time to time. It's really nice to be able to take this class no matter where you are or what you look (or feel) like. You can interact with your fellow classmate at the touch of a button and should you miss a class it's very easily made up at your convenience. This experience has made me want to not only take more online classes but to also venture new ways to teach my own class....the wheels are turning as I type! The only other con I can think of is not being able to give my wonderful classmates and instructors hugs more often.

Elluminate Live

I love Elluminate Live. I feel just like I'm in the classroom. This forum allows for one on one attention from the instructor and group activities. I would love to take online classes through Elluminate Live. The only con is trying to control the background noise at my house so that my classmates can not hear it. It is frustrating to me when another classmate's equipment is not functioning properly. I prefer the Elluminate Live sessions over the Alpharetta sessions!

Carl Perkins

I feel more knowledgeable about The Perkins Law. When I first started teaching, I heard other teachers mention, Perkins funds and money, but I was so confused, because everything sounded so foreign to me. My new understanding of how the moneys are alloted for our programs, gives me more confidence for planning out my program's future.

I was not sure how or where money came from to order equipment and supplies for my program, but with my new found knowledge of The Perkins law, I feel enlightened. I honestly want to continue to learn a little bit more about this legislation. It was a very interesting topic to me.

Elluminate Live

Elluminate Live has been a great experience. It does have its pros and cons. The convenience is amazing. I would say, some of the Pros for using Elluminate Live are: Convenient,Interactive, Digital. You could also take this class in your pajamas. Elluminate Live also allows us as students/teachers to be more creative when there is a problem or technical issue. We do have options.

The Cons for me would be technical issues, technical support is not as knowledgeable, connections drop, the sound is not always stable. I like the up close and personal, tangeable interaction, provided in a live classroom.

Overall, I have more of a positive outlook for Elluminate Live. I believe its a good tool for utilizing technology in the classroom.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Elluminate Live

Logistics, Logistics. Eluminate Live is a positive in my book. Attempting to drive from my job to down town GSU or heavens forbid if we were to meet at the Alpharetta campus would be a nightmare attempting to get there during rush hour traffic. Elluminate Live provides a classroom like setting in the comfort of your home with all the advantages of a classroom setting. I have had the opportunity to join in on serveral sessions provided by my place of work, and it appears that more organizations are participating via elluminate live.

I am a participant in the STEM project for my school in the Dekalb County School System, and there is a possibility that my class will participate in a joint class room project via skpe with students from other schools outside of the county. This will be a first for me and my students.

Elluminate Live

For the most part, elluminate live has been a beneficial experience for me. I like the idea of being able to participate in class, but not have to physically drive to a location and sit in a classroom. Elluminate brings all of the benefits of an actual classroom via the PC. Students are able to raise their hands to answer questions and also the instructor is able to use groups for projects and class discussions. There are a lot of good features available through elluminate live. Hopefully with continued use, I will be able to learn even more about the program and maybe one day be able to share this type of technology with my students.

The only negative thing that I would have to share about elluminate would be the technical issues. I haven't personally experienced any problems, but I have heard several classmates discuss issues. I would recommend the use of elluminate because the pros far out weigh the cons.

CTE and Perkins

I for one and very grateful to have learned exactly how my program as a CTE teacher was funded. When I was asked to teach this program all I remembered was what a CTE teacher was from when I went to school many moons ago. The student have so many options now for career tech that were never available before. The choices and the head start these kids have now is endless thanks to the Perkins funding.

When my program was started I asked where is the money coming from and what is the budget. The supervisor of the CTE program at our school said it came from the Perkins money. I of course not knowing any better said great. Of course it was great but I did not really understand at the time where the money came from or how this came about. I do now know and can better appreciate how this was started. I am truly grateful that we have these program to give the students a new view on a career choices. I think every day it is great to be a CTE teacher and I get to be one even on the bad days that we sometimes have.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

CTE History and my Role as a CTE teacher

This history is very personal to me. I went through the health science program in high school in North Carolina and graduated as a CNA in 1973. I had no idea it was a federally funded initiative. I wanted to be a nurse since I was eight years old, so I was excited when this new program came to my high school. We had the agricultural courses prior to this of course, we were a farming community. But, I remember when they introduced the new "nursing" program and still have a picture of the group us who completed the course. Therefore, I'm thankful on a personal level, I was better prepared for college and actually had an opportunity to test out of an 8:00 am course (My favorite memory - sleeping in:)

When I became a CTE teacher, I felt I was giving back to Mrs. Lamb (My teacher, she's dead now.) It is my desire to share the enthusiasm of having a career in health care. I have come full circle.

I've used my own money in the past...silly me...didn't understand all the terminology...what Perkins funds were...or the use and loose concept for these funds. However, now that I've learned about the designated funding, I plan to use the money to create a more interactive classroom. In fact, I have started putting together a list of items to purchase (TLW)in August 2011. Thankfully, I spent every dime of my allotment for this semester. Yeah!!!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

CTE and Perkins

Learning about the history of CTE makes me feel honored. To be apart of something that has evolved from teaching someone a skill or trade that they can make an honest living to support their family is very fufilling. It also brings on a huge responsibility knowing the young lives you are shaping to be decent adults. My assistant principal informed me that we had some money come in that we had to spend. I asked where it came from, he said Perkins funds. I did not ask him what that was, I just spent it. It came full circle when I learned about it. I was just surprised how many different times the government changed the way to fund these programs and how to spend the money.


I needed this information so badly. I did not understand this aspect of the job. They've been throwing money at me and I could not understand why. I felt as if I was being wasteful. No one ever explained where the money was coming from and what it could be used for. Since I did not use the funds, they were allocated to other CTAE departments. I find it most interesting that someone had the forsight to rally for career and technical education. It's funny how we have come full-circle to the fact that we need to put more people to work. Not just providing them with employment, but providing them with skills, enabling them to be hiqhly-trained, highly-qualified individuals in their fields. I now understand the importance of this legislation to my career as a HSTE educator, and my career as a healthcare professional.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Carl Perkins Funding

When I first started teaching, I was told that I had a budget for so many dollars and that I needed to spend it or loose it. I wasn't aware or told where the funding was coming from are if the amount was what was actually due to my program. I later learned that money was not allocated fairly due to being the new kid on the block,I did not receive my fair share. It appeared that the department chair spent it in a way that suited her, definitely for her program. Due to my new found knowledge about Perkin's funding, I can now speak the language and ask for equipment and supplies needed to make my program better so that my students will get the best experience that I can offer for them to succeed after high school.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Carl Perkins Legislation

Since learning about the history of CTAE and the Carl D. Perkins legislation I have different outlook on my role as a CTAE teacher. CTAE has evolved so much over the years and without funding from Perkins to keep our programs running we would not be able to teach our subject matter with relevance to the real world. Part of my role as a CTAE teacher is to provide students with employability skills, workplace ethics, and career pathways that link secondary education to postsecondary education. I found it very interesting to learn that the initial purpose of the vocational education was to not only to benefit the people but to benefit the states. This new information has helped me further realize that effective vocational education programs are essential to the nation's future and this has been the case for many years. As they say, to know your past is to know your future. I am interested in understanding how much accountability is involved in how the funds are used and what requirements are specific to each program as it relates to meeting performance targets.


In the first year of being a CTAE educator I have came to find that Perkins funds have been spent by the wrong parties in my county. I was under the impression that Perkins funds were allotted to schools that have students participating in the CTAE pathways. I had no clue that each student that is in my program represents a certain dollar amount up to a give amount per class. That amount is to be used in the CTAE pathway that the student registered, not by the school as it sees fit for other uses. Its no wonder I hadn't had food to cook with in labs. Looking at all of the detailed documentation that is required I have no idea how they have managed to get away with such poor spending. Last year we got a new cte person at the county level and he stopped all spending of Perkins funds at the school level. All purchases had to meet his approval. I didn't get it then but I do now. This just stuck out in my mind because we encountered a drastic change in spending between my first two years and now things are much clearer for me. Given our tight budgets we cant afford to have one dollar misspent

We have a unique responsibility as CTAE and CTSO advisers. Its our responsibility to know how the Perkins Legislation works so that we can get the most of what we are being given. Our programs need this legislation. I think we're all better advocates for or programs and Perkins given our new knowledge.

New Outlook

After reviewing the information on Perkins, I have a new outlook on being a CTE teacher. Throughout my first year of teaching I felt very lost most of the time because there was so many "unknowns". I understood the information that I was assigned to teach, but I did not fully know my purpose and my obligation to my students. After learning the history of Perkins and participating in class discussions, I have a better understanding of what CTE was designed to accomplish for educators and students. I feel more confident in designing lessons and activities for students that are more in sync with the major focus of the program.

Carl Perkins Legislation

When I was first hired to teach Healthcare Science I had no idea I was even a part of CTAE. I did not even know what it was. I had to attend orientation for a week and that is when I was told about CTAE. I did not begin understanding how important the Carl D. Perkins legislation was until I began studying it in class. At this point I saw how it tied to CTAE. I really appreciate the information because I believe it is important that as an educator I am informed and know my role in CTAE. I also found it quite interesting that the act was put into place in 2006 and it is in affect until 2012. Another important feature is the funding that is attached to the Perkins legislation. I am still not quite clear of all aspects of the Perkins legislation but I have a better understanding of the act.

Perkins Legislation

I am especially grateful for the Perkins Legislation. Our CTE programs would not be up to par without this type of funding. Although I realize some programs are older and do need some much needed funding for updating. After studying about Perkins Legislation, I now understand how imperative it is to implement Skill USA and form advisory board committees immediately at the beginning of the school year. I totally agree with accountability, even though it does come with quite a bit of paper work.

I was asked to create a cosmetology program at a new high school in 2009, before learning about Carl Perkins Legislation. I jumped at the opportunity. I thought the money I used to create the program was primarily from state and local taxpayer dollars. I just didn’t realize how much came from federal dollars. I remember my CTE director giving me some very strict spending stipulations on particular funds, depending on which pot of money it came from. For example each item had to cost at least one hundred dollars, not ninety-nine dollars, etc. I could see where a lot of taxpayer dollars are wasted. I could not purchase an item if I found it for less money. I have always been a penny pincher and I did not like this concept because I wanted to get the maximum amount of equipment for my program with the money I had received. However, we must continue to provide accountability in the many different aspects of the Perkins Legislation.

CTAE role and Perkins funding

Even though I have been teaching for three years now, I never really understood the meaning of Perkins. I think coming into teaching from the work force and not having a degree in education, we tend to get talked to like we should understand the abbreviations and lingo of the school. It was not until entering NTI that I have begun to understand meaning of things like Industry Certification and Perkins. Perkins is something that is demanding on us as CTAE teachers. We have to document and keep track of tons of equipment, but in the end, we get to have new materials needed to teach our students the most up to date techniques used in the field. I did not realize that Perkins was so new. I think we have a responsibility as CTAE teachers to keep this funding coming into our schools. Not all students are college material and for them to go through a technical course and find their interest is very rewarding. Our country cannot be full of Harvard graduates and for the most part, our students coming out of CTAE can make as much or more than the college graduates with four to six years of college. We are held to a high standard to be able to get federal funding, but the academic assessments and measuring the data needed to get the money makes everything worth wild in the end for our students.

Perceived Roles

I met with my son's counselor a couple of weeks ago. My perceived role was a "prejudgement" based on my own personal experiences in high school.

I was quickly put at ease with the vast knowledge of the way the system works within my son's counselor's network. She has access to almost every database of colleges, their requirements, and the rate of success in meeting those requirements.

I now think of the counselor as a coach....and I feel that we are armed very well to succeed with her vast knowledge and access to knowledge!

Perkins Legislation

I think knowing about the Perkins Legislation gives one major aspect to CTI that I never considered before.... CREDIBILITY!!!!!

When I first ook on the role of "tech teacher", I looked at most of my students as the ones who were never going to go to college. And now I look at my students at having a "leg up" on the majority in our school. The students are getting practical applications in a real life setting.

Knowing that we have a huge commitment from our government give me peace of mind and comfort that my subject has meaning a depth. I do not get that sense from some of the arts programs that are taught in our school.

Perkins Act Insight

For me coming into this field three years ago was scary for me. I was asked to come in and teach the skills that I had come to make a very good living at. I had no idea where the money to start my program came from or how this was to be set up. I did know that it was a great idea and I jumped at the chance to teach real life skills.

Thanks to the funding of our programs through the Perkins Act we are able to provide students with real work skills. The students are taught people skills and job skills. The students are able to leave our programs with the ability to work and support themselves. In many case they will still have to continue on with more schooling or enter into an apprenticeship program to finish and be licensed with the state. In providing these programs with the Perkins money in many cases these students are able to get a better start in life than their parents had. For some it is the only chance ,because their parents are not able to pay for school.

The classes that we are able to provide give the companies skilled employable workers. It is a great source of employs with basic knowledge and a willingness to learn. If the Perkins Act had never come to be many of the skilled work force we have now would not exist. Many of our local business are able to start these students out right away. This helps them as well as our local economy.


As a CTE teacher I have a new found understanding about Perkins. Before studying this new information on Perkins I was not aware about the history behind Perkins and its development over the years. Perkins allowed people from diverse backgrounds who could not afford an education to obtain training in non traditional fields. For instance soldiers returning from war were able to obtain training in different trades when they came home from war. CTE programs over the years have changed and grown into more organized programs where today students can receive training from high school into college.

As a CTE teacher I see my role as a facilitator who provides students with the best possible education so that they can use what they have learned for entrance into college. If possible my students can leave High School with certification so they can be a step ahead of their college counterparts.

Perkins has paved the way for us as CTE teachers - without Perkins we may not have had all the different CTE teaching positions within the school systems. This new found information will help me to stay focused on my goal to provide higher levels of education to my students on a daily basis.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

New Information and CTE Role

When I was first offered my teaching position, I never gave any thought to how the program was funded. I just assumed that the money came from the local taxpayers.
Now that we have studied the Perkin's legislation, I understand the importance of certification, advisory committee meetings, and overall program documentation that is required.

It also made me consider how fortunate companies are to have a pool of skilled labor that Perkin's money provides. For most companies training is a major expense. Having an employee who is trained in the skill along with a solid understanding of safety and shop rules speeds up the time required to contribute to the bottom line.

Mike Z.

New Incite

It is always important to know where you came from. The history of Career and Technical Education along with the class on Perkins legislation helped me grasp a better understanding of the purpose of the career technical programs. As I look at how the CTAE program expanded based on the economic and work force needs, we are basically back at some of the same roads that helped ignite the expansion of the CTAE programs. Specifically, during this economically challenging time, we are faced with people in need of jobs; but, jobs were there are not enough qualified people to fill them. As I was listening to one of the economic analyst career forecast, the comment was made that there are many jobs however the applicants do not have the proper education and skills to fulfill the positions. They went on to forecast that our lack of skilled workers will be critical in the next five to ten years. One suggestions was to increase the marketability of students coming out of high school.

That is what CTAE does: we are to help the students guaduate with a marketable skill, prepare them for the work force or to enter a post secondary program ( technical or college). The Perkins Legislation provides funding for the CTAE programs. These funds are to help the CTAE build up quality programs that will provide skilled instructors and resources to ensure that students have the best opportunity, to not only be marketable but competitive in the technical work force that is already here. I understand that our class is not just an "elective" but has an essential role in helping to cultivate a trained, skilled and educated group of individuals that are diverse and ready for all opportunities; rather it be work force, entrepreneurial endeveors and or furthering their education.

My only concern is, because we are in such a critical time and funding is available, why is it that so many people are just given a key with no directions on how to operate these wonderful CTAE programs? It seems to me, if we look back and use the knowledge and funding wisely, we could really offer our students more opportunites for successful careers.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

"Rewards and Challenges"

     The challenges and rewards of the counseling position are tremendous in each direction.  The pressure of what is required to be successful in the positon could make one transform from hero to villain, and vice-versa in the blink of an eye.  Some  challenges of the position could be mixing up student records ( like in the movie Class Act), losing student records, not getting required information to colleges in adequate amount of time, not knowing the correct information to give to students or parents regarding certain situations and so on.  Student schedules are a big issue at my school and the counselors carry the bulk of the blame for them not being correct.  The counselors at my school are responsible for preparation for standardized testing.  That one is a very big headache, especially with so many schools in our area under investigation for test tampering and excessive erasures.
     The rewards on the other hand are limitless!  Helping a student to get into the school of their dreams, aiding a student in receiving a scholarship or just helping them to get on the right track are tremendous rewards.  Counselors,  in some cases,  are more of a "pal"  than the School Principal.  They go the extra mile and are extra cheerleaders to help students and families accomplish goals.   Registering students for the NCAA clearinghouse and helping students with their transcripts are also extra rewards for counselors.  Counselors have a job that has both enormous risk and rewards, and since doing the research for this assignment, I know that this is something that I would love to do one day!

Rewards and Challenges

Guidance counselors have a laundry list of detailed job duties. Prior to speaking to a counselor I would have said that the reward for them would be being able to successfully schedule the entire student body. However, I have learned the for one counselor its protecting students. Protecting them from neglect, miseducation or abuse. I've found that helping a student advocate for their growth in weak areas or teaching a student how to better communicate with their parents or teachers is one of the most rewarding parts of the job. Unfortunately poor or tense communication with parents seems to be one of the most challenging areas. It makes sense that parents would think that they know their child best. Well counselors tend to reach students on a far deeper level if they have the right approach and bedside manner. The same goes for communicating with parents. Although the best counselor can find some parents impossible to work with. This is a challenge that is unwanted and also an area where counselors must tread lightly while still serving the best interest of the student. Certainly not an easy feat in some cases.

"Changed Impressions"

     Although I have always had pretty good counselors, one being one of the greatest influences in my life, I always thought that counselors truly had a "cake" job!  Boy has my view changed.  I thought they all had the fun, getting to walk around the school freely and every now-and-then handle a situation if a kid was "bad", but truly nothing in-depth.  I did not know the intensity and focus that is truly required or the dynamic history in which the position was founded.  I truly admire anyone that has the position and can be efficient with it.  Not only does a counselor have to have structure, but they also have to have tremendous patience and good judgement in dealing with sensitive situations.  I truly applaud those that do the job effectively.

Rewards and Challenges

The counselor that I interviewed expressed that one of her rewards would be that a student would return to visit. During the visit, they would thank her for helping them with a decision they made that he/she wouldn't have made without them. It could be as simple as just graduating. I would think one of the most challenging things would be the lack of precipitation from the parents. I hear all the time how they would call for a parent/teacher conference, and no one would come or they would cancel and not reschedule.

Rewards and Challenges

I think that the rewards of being a counselor are many. Definitely seeing the students succeed academically, graduate, and go on to do great things as a direct result of the time and effort they’ve put in. Especially with preparing them for college, receiving scholarships and making good personal choices. Also, I think that it is gratifying for counselors to know that they have established a relationship with the student and that they can reach them when in some cases the parents can’t. I believe that they share many of the same rewards as teachers. Just knowing that you’ve made a difference in the life of child is rewarding in itself. Challenges can be many as well. I would imagine that it is stressful at times, trying to accommodate so many students needs and keeping track of so many students. Additionally, I can imagine that sometimes it’s emotionally draining to deal with all the personal and social issues. However, these are the small sacrifices that counselors make for our future to succeed.

Changed Impressions

While my view on the roles and the responsibilities of a counselor has not dramatically changed, it has definitely expanded. After reading the information on the websites I have a renewed respect and appreciation for counselors because they offer so many services to the students. I’ve always been aware of the obvious duties and responsibilities which include tending to students in need of academic, social and emotional assistance. However, I wasn’t aware of the accountability placed on the counselors. It was very informative to learn about the history of guidance counseling. Although, its original purpose has evolved greatly since then, the same principles are present and it is hard to imagine what the education system would be without someone to guide and counsel the students.

Changed Impressions

Understanding where guidance counseling derived from, really allows one to see how different eras had a role in developing it to how it is today. When something begins during a social reform movement, it has only one way to go, but up. That of coarse being the foundation to everything they counsel on today. It was interesting to learn that one of the main persons responsible for modern counselors was a psychologist. Which is understandable given the issues they deal with at times. I am surprised at how they kept adding to the responsibilities through out the years, including being successful in our fast-paced growing communities and guide the students toward college or the workforce.

"Rewards and Challenges"

I saw a lot of material over the web-sites that discussed the role of a counselor including them being able to get into a classroom and talk to students or focus on improved student results. I feel that there is no way a counselor can first get into a classroom with all of the burdens being placed on them by school administration, and in order to measure some of these student results I really feel they need to be in a classroom more often. I rarely have the opportunity to have a counselor visit my class and talk to my students about anything, but the one or two times that it has happened the students did listen to them, and we actually got no math done after they left because we continued the discussion (on college admission) for about 30 more minutes while the counselor whisked through 3 more classrooms. We either need more counselors or they need less responsibilities so that they can better serve the students on their case-load.

"Changed Impressions"

I do see that guidance counselors have an enormous amount of duties placed on them on a daily basis, and even the amount of time that they are allotted to spend on a particular task is watched closely. There is just one thing that I read from the websites that I cannot let go without mentioning, even though I am not sure this is the correct blog to mention it. It came from the 3rd link, where we could view education courses guidance counselors take in order to become a counselor and there was just one section that really caught my eye. We all know that in college there are often those sections of classes where we have a choice of picking one class out of a group of three or four, well if you were like me, sometimes you made your choice looking for the "easy 'A' ". Guidance counseling students were told to choose one out of three of the following classes: Aspects of Addiction, Family Systems, or Play Therapy. Just looking at those classes it would appear that possibly the easy way out (and also possibly a fun course) would be play therapy, but I would really hope that the counselors that I am sending a troubled student down to see would have taken one of the other two courses. I am not sure why this got my dander up, but it did.

Rewards and Challenges

Rewards and Challenges......They are so closely related that sometimes it's hard to separate them. I think that the rewards and challenges a guidance counselor would be closely related to that of a parent.
Let me see, the first challenge would be to connect to the student and to try and get the student to understand that you really do have their best interest at heart. You try and get them to understand that what you are telling/suggesting to them is not for your benefit but for theirs. You can only get "through" to a student if they respect and trust you. As a counselor, if they trust you they may possible open up to you about some of the things that are going on in their lives that may be affecting them on an academic level.
Rewards - seeing that a student gradually matures and comes into their own. They start making intelligent decisions regarding their lives or they take hardships and/or mistakes and use them as a learning experience. For me, it wouldn't so much be about them graduating or going to college, it's more about them becoming young adults who can reason and rationalize what their next move for the future is going to be....setting their future goals.

Changed Impressions

Wow, I must admit that you really don't know someone's situation until you walk a mile in their shoes, or at least take the time to talk with them awhile about what their job entails.

After a lengthy conversation with one of our guidance counselors, I have to say that my intial impressions of them are not that far off; except that I didn't take into consideration the sheer number of students they deal with on a daily basis nor the other responsibilities that I was ignorant about.

Sometimes I think I have it rough dealing with 120-150 students in one year. They have to deal with anywhere from 250-300 students a year. The difference is that my biggest concern is getting them to pass my class, the counselors are trying to get them to pass "all" their classes while trying to help them decided what to pursue for the future and dealing with any mental, emotional, social or family issue along the way. It's no wonder that on first look they don't seem that interested in what CTAE classes they are going to take.

This is where taking a little time to connect with them comes in. Most of them are well aware that only 30% of these students will actually go to a 4 year colledge. So, where does that leave the other 70%. Well a good start is getting the students educated and interested in our programs. I learned the counselors are not negative to this idea, they just don't have time to develop or implement a workable plan.

I have decided that if there is going to be a progression towared more education for the students regarding CTAE, it will have to come from the CTAE teachers. This is something that I plan to work on for the rest of the year so that maybe we can have a better plan implemented for the students next year.

Changes Impression

Wow, you really don't know someone's situation until you walk in their shoes; or at least talk to them and get their perspective. What a stressful responsiblity these guidance counselors hold in their hands. I think my first impressions were on the right track but in the totally wrong direction!

Guidance counselors assume so much more than I ever imagined. They not only have the present and future career paths of students in their hands, they have to deal with the mental, emotional and familial problems and concerns as well. And the sheer number of students they are responsible for is mind numbing.

I understand now how their time is so limited that worrying about the CTAE classes that a student should take is not high on their priority list. After talking with a counselor at length and discussing that only 30% of high school students actually attend a 4 yr. college, I was encouraged to see that she was much more receptive to any suggestions that I had to reaching these students earlier in their academic life to help them get headed in the right direction.

I decided that if our high school was really going to see an improvement on students being more selective in their choices of CTAE classes, that I would have to come up with some valid and legitimate suggestions (with implementation processes) to present to our counselors and administration. It is not that the counselors don't want to help, it's just that like most of us they are spread too thin.

Rewards and Challenges

I believe the greatest reward for a Guidance Counselor is seeing that kid who everyone thought wasn't going to make it become successful. After a few years of the stress and frustration working with a student going through difficult struggles, then seeing them slowly getting it together and becoming successful, has to be good feeling. It has to be feel good knowing you were a part of that process. It must be equally challenging seeing a good student slowly crumble from the the pressures of growing up in a tough environment. We see it in the classroom, but counselors deals with more students and because of their responsibilities, they are more intimately involved with the students personal lives.

Changed Impressions

I must admit my ideas of a Guidance Counselor was completely wrong. As I read the history of Guidance Counseling, the early years fit my idea of a guidance counselor. I thought their main objective was helping students to meet graduation requirements and post high school planning. I didn't think I was that old, but I remember it was the counselors you went to for help with career goals and deciding if you needed to go to college for that goal or vocational training. It was my counselor who helped me decide which "elective" best suited my career goals, as early as middle school. After reading the article, the counselors' role felt more like a school social worker. So I know better understand why at schools where students and families have many socioeconomics challenges, counselors spend the majority of their time "putting out" (or "preventing") fires. I've only taught at schools with challenges, my last school in California had a 98% free and reduce lunch population. I was always disappointed that the school didn't spend a enough time with college fairs, SAT prep, college scholarship or financial aid workshops , and a host of other things I thought would help the students post high school life. I know understand their roles gear toward student problems like;–personal, academic, and social. Although career issues are on the list of responsibilities, I can see how it takes a back seat to the students' other personal problems

Monday, February 7, 2011

Perceived Roles

My first year of teaching I heard alot of horror stories of how the counselors would load up classes with troubled kids. I was amazed to hear this and thought these counselors was just enrolling students without any consideration. I am very glad of this assignment, it has made me more aware of their responsibilites. Until Friday, I only thought in knew what the job(s) of the counselors are. They have so many more duties than I realized when talking to her, as she listed them one right after another. Everything from social issues to signing off on a students credits that they have earned. I had no idea that they are required to achieve a masters degree. I have a new respect for them.

Rewards and Challenges

School counselors are challenged by the sheer number of students they have to manage. Many counselors chose their area of study with the expectation that they would have an opportunity to guide students to success, no matter what post secondary career the student may choose. Counselors may feel personal gratification when students visit and confide their dreams and fears. In addition the counselor may enjoy their one-on-one sessions and receive gratification in being able to reach the student, especially when he or she is angry, because the counselor has already established a sense of trust. I feel counselors are rewarded each time a student receives a scholarship, wins an award and/or a class graduates. Therefore, in spite of the challenges a counselor faces, it is the "one" student that makes it against all odds that provides the necessary internal rewards for a counselor to continue in his or her other words the reward is definitely not the money.

"Rewards and Challenges"

It appears to me that the challenges of guidance counseling outnumber the rewards. However, the rewards outweigh the challenges. Every Guidance Counselor must have at least a dozen success stories. Stories that may not have been if it were not for the counselor's intervention. How challenging it must be to motivate a young person to not follow the same path as their peers or even their parents! Even more challenging is collaborating with a parent who does not understand or value the importance of education. I think it must also be very challenging to remain open-minded and unbiased regarding the data sources used to gather information on the students. While that data helps to determine what services that student may need, it does not determine who that student is or can be. Guidance Counselors know this and have the challenge of conveying this to the student.

Changed Impression when I first got to my school, the only thing I knew about counselors were from my own personal experience; and my counselor in high school was terrible. He had not a clue of anything; a social misfit; a clueless individual with an IQ not much more than a house plant.

When I started getting students with poor behavior, poor testing, poor academics, I talked with the counselors about ramping up my program. The counselors listened and became concerned when those poor students started failing my class and asking to be transferred out.

I met with them again and described that they could send me ANY student as long as that student WANTED to be there. Within a year, the student in my classes changed. My students WANTED to learn; they wanted to be there.

My impressions changed over this time period because they (the counselors) asked me for input so they could get that information to a prospective student. This tells me that counselors listen to the student when they talk; thus the student, my classes, and the counselors have achieved success.

I think the biggest change occurred through honest and open communication. The counselors at my school take pride in matching teachers with students to achieve success. We have a good relationship with the counseling department as I often request their feedback almost daily...and they respond in kind!

"Changed Impressions"

Wow, my perception of Guidance Counselors has changed greatly. I believed that their primary duties were simply to "guide" students to make good decisions. I had no idea of the level of education and skill required to be an effective Guidance Counselor. I never thought of them as advocates for the student. Everyone, including the students, knows that they are there, but no one goes to visit them until they are in trouble. I find great comfort in knowing that students do have someone to rally for them by collaborating with everyone involved in the student's life. Also, I had no idea that guidance counseling was so data driven. I now know that the counselors lead, advocate, collaborate, and adapt to system changes in order to ensure that each and every student has an individualized plan of action to succeed.

Rewards and Challenges

Having my son at the school I teach has opened my eyes to the counselor's role in the student's academic career. Here's an example of what happened at my meeting with the counselor and my son.

She had his grades already opened with all his test scores right there while we talked. She asked my son questions about his interests and then asked him about his grades...

My son has an interest in culinary and wanted more culinary classes. Before agreeing, she wanted him to explore the success/failure rate of those going into culinary. She also asked my son about his math/science grades which happened to be in the 99th percentile.

She mentioned that based on his current test scores he could go into AP calculus as a junior and pretty much exempt his senior year and go right into GA Tech.....For FREE!!!

My son's eyes grew big as she related that GA Tech is one of the best schools in the country and asked him to explore ALL of his interests...

The challenge that his counselor faces is that delicate balance between a dream and a reality...not that she would squelch his dreams, but that she could open his eyes to something bigger and greater....

She also suggested many options that we had not yet considered as to careers that are not yet son loves technology and is a whiz for all things electronic...a gift and a curse for me (anyone ever experienced a son/daughter that knows more tech stuff than you?) Then you know what I am talking about.

The fact is, the counselor looked at the big picture first and then after we decide a big path, we can start looking at narrowing that path....she made a huge monumental task seem rather simple.

I have a huge amount of respect for her.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Precieved Roles

My personal perception about the role and the responsibility of the counselors is that they keep the students on track for a successful graduation in four years. Guidance counselors are responsible for providing information on post secondary options and any scholarships that might be available to students. Additionally, they provide them with resources for SAT/ACT preparation and give them information on career paths that they may be best suited for them. I know that they deal with many of the personal issues that student struggle with at home and in school. Oftentimes counselors know about things going on with the students before the parents. What I do feel is that they wear many hats and their position can be very strenuous especially when it comes to scheduling 1500 plus students and trying to accommodate students and parents who aren’t happy with the schedule. I don’t feel they get the respect or appreciation they truly deserve.

"Rewards and Challenges"

I think what is most rewarding for a guidance counselor is to see his/her hard work with the student pay off. To see them graduate, pursue and complete their academic goals. I am sure that the little thing such as parent participation and communication is rewarding as well. Which leads to the challenges. After meeting with a counselor at my school, her biggest issue or concern is lack of parent participation in their student academic goals and success. She states that many parents depend on the counselor to make sure that the student is on the correct path. Most often the parent shows up when there is a problem; such as when the student is failing and is at risk of not graduating on time.

"Changed Impressions"

My impression of the role and responsibilities of guidance counselors have changed mainly due to my ignorance. Just the fact that I did not understand their full role and responsibilities. It is much more than meets the eye. I was quite impressed with the amount of training and practicum hours required. A person can truly understand some one's job or role once they are informed about what it takes to do their job. Counselor's are not just advocates for the student, but plays an integral role with the community by coordinating resources with the school to meet the developmental needs of the student.

“Rewards and Challenges.”

I believe the most rewarding moment for a counselor is when that emotional, heart broken, academically challenged student pull through and reach his/ her goals. This moment shows off the students drive and determination that the guidance counselor had instilled in him/ her.

The challenges that I see are having to deal with the upset, over confident, supportive and brain washed parent. This moment would take all of the the counselors soft skills, hard skills, and education background to productively help the student and parent.

“Changed Impressions.”

After reading the five sites my impression of the guidance counselor has definitely changed. The counselors responsibilities extended much further than I thought-personal issues. Due to the fact that each student, school system and demographic are different ;therefore, a guidance counselor has to adjust to each situation, adversity, attitude and personality to successfully help that individual or individuals. The education and background that a counselor have to poses allows them to cope, support, understand and listen too the students personal issues. There is no level of education that will help prepare a person for the hard and emotional times I believe that in order to be a guidance counselor you must have a special passion for the field. I think that cause I am in a classroom room setting 8hrs a day I didn't get the full view of what the responsibilities of a guidance counselor are. I have a new found respect for the counselors.

“Perceived Roles.”

My personal impression of the guidance counselor is to provide the student, parents, teachers, schools and community with the connection to the world of educational possibilities. Guidance counselors are the glue that keeps the student and parents stuck to the pathway to graduation and beyond. I think that the guidance counselor should support the teachers in their endeavor to guide the students academics education regardless of the placement issues. I also believe that its important for the counselor to listen and be readily available to the students, parents and teacher. Guidance counselor are hard workers with little to no help that's why I believe that its important for all of us to step up and support them.


The most rewarding factor for a guidance counselor in my opinion would be to achieve a 100% graduation rate at their school. This can only be achieved with the help and support of parents/staff/administration. Facts state that over 20% of students do not complete their high school education. Its very rewarding to see them walk that stage on graduation day. Even more so when they come back to visit during and after completing their college education.

The most challenging job/task for guidance counselors is time management - caseloads are very heavy - there are not enough counselors for the large student body in most schools. Counselors have to arrange student schedules to ensure that all students receive the classes they need to graduate in a timely manner as per the States laws.

Diversity in schools can be very challenging - counselors must be able to communicate with students/parents of diverse cultures. For instance if the school population has a high level of Spanish speaking students the counselors should be able to speak Spanish in order to communicate with parents/students to ensure that their needs are met on a daily/timely basis.

Hard work brings greater rewards and even more challenges....


After perusing the information presented in the links provided for this module I must say my impressions on guidance and counseling have been flooded with a lot more data. In the beginning evidence of the foundations of counseling can be traced back to the 20 century in Rome and Greece. In the 1890's with the social reform movement, I learned that Frank Parson was considered the father of the vocational guidance movement. His work with the Civic Service House led to the development of an outline for a system of vocational guidance in Boston public schools. World War I introduced assessments in the form of standardized testing and during World War II the focus moved away from testing.

Since then counseling methods have changed and grown but most important the students are still the main focus. Counselors focus in providing all the necessary tools for students to have the best possible education available. Each grade level from 9 grade through 12 grade schools counseling methods depends on the school board/governing body of the school. Each county may have slightly different guidelines but all counselors must be licenced and follow strict guidelines. Some schools use the counseling standards as a blue print like we teachers use our standards to create our lesson plans, however, not all school systems use the standards. This fact was posted in one of the websites.

My impressions were not changed but I learnt a lot. Like teachers counselors have a very tough job and have many hats to manage.

"Rewards and Challenges"

I think what would be most rewarding for a counselor is to know that their hard work paid off when a student is accepted to a college or university. Or when the counselor has intervened on behalf of a student that sought help due to being in an abusive situation. I would think a counselor would feel good when they are told "Thank you" by the parents and the students that they may have helped along the way. Oftentimes people only want to know that what they do is appreciated and one way to let them know is to say "Thank you," or "I really appreciate your helping me." What is probably most challenging for a counselor is wondering if they are making the right decisions for the student. I think they would be concerned about protecting a student when they know that student is in an unsafe situation. And informing the correct authorities. Because oftentimes the first person to know of any problems with a student is the counselor. Another concern or challenge for a guidance counselor is educating the students and their parents about gang activity.

"Changed Impressions"

After reading the articles about the role of a guidance counselor I realize they wear as many hats as teachers. They are expected to enroll students in their correct classes, if they are not placed correctly in a class they go back and make the changes. They have to keep current on resources available for students that are troubled and may need assistance. I also noted that the role the high school guidance counselor is quite different from the role of an elementary school guidance counselor. One thing I did not realize was, at one point they were the gate keepers for students' IEP. Also it was interesting to note the extensive training they go through according.I guess overall my impression was not changed greatly. I knew just from observing and talking to the counselor at school that their work is very time consuming, and like teachers they must have a caring heart.

Changed Impressions

My impression hasn't changed, but along with their traditional duties, I've been made aware of additional duties. It appears that their roles are changing where as they get more involved in personal issues of the student. Such as abusive relations with family members , homelessness, low to no financial funds for graduation activities. Many do not have parental support or encouragement to strive for better. Therefore, the counselor's are often the first line to be made aware of the situation and contacts the school social worker and school administrators. They are also known to be mediator's either because of bullying or mutual conflict among students. I have been unable to view the module, but I am using the heading and information from the hand out.

BTookes Perceived Roles

My perceived role of the guidance counselor is to assist students and their parents with keeping them on their graduation track. Making sure that they get into the appropriate classes needed to graduate on time. They also assist the student with college applications, making sure they get mailed in a timely manner, applying for grants and scholarships, letter writing and advising the student of potential colleges to apply to that is in their field of interest.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

"Perceived Roles"

The statements I will post are strictly based on my observations of our school counselor. The role of the counselor to me is to make sure students are placed in classes that will allow them to graduate in a timely manner. And I would think the counselor would help the student monitor their progress in their classes as well. For high school that would mean to be able to graduate within four years. I also think they are responsible for making changes in the student's schedule if possible, if a student is having a hard time in a particular class.I believe the counselor should help the student select a class that will allow the student to be successful. I believe another responsibility of a counselor is to refer students to agencies who might be in dangerous/abusive situations at home. In other words if the teacher suspects some type of abuse, I believe the counselor would be the first line of defense to help a student in this situation, once it is brought to their attention. I know there are several other duties of a counselor that I did not mention but those mentioned are the duties that I have observed the counselor at my school participate in.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Changed Impressions

The more I read and the more I reflected on it, the more I realize the complexity of the counselors job. Pulling together all the issues and factors facing a high school student (personal, academics, social, career) and being able to make informed, unemotional decisions on a daily basis for hundreds of students seems overwhelming.
I have never really considered their role until this class and had no idea how much they have to deal with.

Rewards and Challenges

I think the most rewarding and most challenging would be the same - to be able to guide a student through all 4 years of high school and then to see that student make it to graduation.
I have not completed my interview yet but it appears to me that in my school students fall into 2 general groups - those who require small amounts of attention and those that require large and constant amounts. It reminds me of the 80/20 rule where 20% of the students occupy 80% of your time.
My guess is that they become very invested in the 20% and really feel like they have achieved something when they see that student graduate.

"Perceived Roles"

My impression and thoughts about guidance counselor is that they are the people that the students go to whenever they have a question about what they should "take" to graduate. They would also be the people that the students could go to if they were having problems with their parents or maybe peers. When I was growing up, I remember that the guidance counselors would come talk to our class about how they were there if we had problems with anything. I never really understood what that "anything" really meant. I still don't. I am quite excited about having the opportunity to interview a counselor and learn of all the things that they do that I was ignorant about.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

"Rewards and Challenges"

What I think is most rewarding is when a students reaches a goal that the guidance counselor helped them set. I do believe that there is a great deal of gratification when a student has work hard to get into the college of their choice and knowing that they helped them meet the requirements necessary to get in, or that a student has received an academic scholarship to the college of their choice or anywhere. I'm sure it's rewarding to a guidance counselor when a student that they are responsible for has been failing every class, completely turns around and does much better after lots of counseling and guidance feels wonderful.

Some challenges that I think guidance counselors face is when a good student doesn't have the family support needed to help them reach their goals. Or when students start out doing well and for some reason decide school is not for them. Another challenge is when a senior decides to drop out of high school and get a GED. When a student is being abused in the home and having to deal with the family can be a lot, I know it would be for me. I Also believe that it can be a bit challenging when it's
time for assessments like SAT'S GHSGT, ACT'S and ASVAB's, the preparation time and the deadlines, and at that point it can turn around into something rewarding with the number of students that pass these test and challenging with the number of students that fail these test.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

"Rewards and Challenges"

I know it must be very rewarding for a counselor when they see students succeed. I knew a counselor last year who was going through a hurtful time with a student who had no parents. This student had to emancipated in order to receive financial aid. It was very hurtful to see the student go through the process, yet at the same time it was very rewarding in the end. Now that student is in college, with a number of mentors, because the counselor told her story to only a few trusted colleagues. It is rewarding for me as the student's teacher and mentor as well.

Challenging as well. I have another story that didn't end so well. Another student that the counselor was working so hard with, not just her senior year, but all through high school. She decided that school really wasn't that important to her anymore. Getting married, quitting school, and having a baby was her first priority. Not only was this student a honor student, she also was in line for a academic scholarship. I know this had to be a challenge, it seems as if all your hard work went down the drain. I have come to realize that we can't save them all, no matter how hard we try, and that if we can save just one, we have done our jobs. So I know that this job just like most jobs have there rewards and with those rewards come challenges.

Accepting change blog for week of 2/1

This week I have been faced with the reality that I may be placed at another school next year to teach. I guess I was not aware that when you sign a contract that you belong to the county..... not the school; therefore, the county can move you and place you wherever needed. We have a new school opening in our county next year and instead of creating an opening, the school might just move me into the vacant opening. This might not be so bad if they were moving me to the brand new school with a new lab, but they are probably going to move me to the oldest school in our county because another teacher has put in a transfer. :( I guess I will just have to make lemonade out of the lemons handed to me. We will not know for sure about the changes for about another month or two but for now I am making copies of all files and looking for a few empty boxes in case of a move in the future.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

"Changed Impressions"

Okaay, a person's job sure looks easy when your not the one doing it. It's easy to judge when you don't know what a person has gone through to get to where they are. The grass always looks greener on the other side, dont it? I was thinking about going back to school, and becoming a guidance counselor. I'm not saying that I'm not going to go back, but I can say that I will really have to weigh my options now, and it is good to know and see some of the hurdles that I will have to climb. Changed Impressions, yes I must say. I have so much more respect for our guidance counselors now. I also see why they seem to get alone so well with the students, and how they can seem to defuse a situation between parents and children. Teachers and teachers, and teachers and students. I have seen it done in more than one association at my school. It's like the counselors are flowing on air, like they never have any problems. I guess with all that training, you just learn how to handle the things of life. I have a new found respect for my counselors. I am so happy that I had a chance to read over this information, before my interview. Thank you NTI.

Rewards and Challenges

Rewards and Challenges comes with the territory for being involved in any form of education. A Counselor, I can imagine have a great deal of rewards and challenges. I think some of the rewards would be seeing students pass major exams, such as: The High School Graduation Tests and EOCT. Another reward would be when a counselor helping a student in a crisis situation or a domestic abuse situation, but being able to see the student in the same environment, but a more positive situation. I believe this will be rewarding for a counselor.

Challenges also come with the territory. A challenge would be a student who does not make necessary changes in their behavior or grading patterns. If a student digresses after meeting with a counselor. For Example, If a student promises the counselor to change and back tracks, the lack of progress,could be a challenge for the counselor.

Changed Impressions

I really can say that I feel more informed about counselors. I did not realize how much work and detail makes up their job description. I did know counselors work very hard, but I did not know to what extent. Their were a few interesting pieces of information; I discovered, while reading the websites.

Counselors are really just as important as teachers in the education of a child. The counselors are responsible for testing, collecting data, providing information for students,parents,teachers,administrators,etc. The job seems like it never ends. They are expected to counsel students, complete paperwork for local and state tests, and the largest responsibility is making sure the student is placed in the correct grade/level. Not to mention, counselors are vital in a student's decision to go to college or continue secondary education.

"Rewards and Challenges"

I believe that the most rewarding part of being a guidance counselor would be the opportunity to touch so many student's lives. I have witnessed the counselor at my high school make a great effort to set up individualized appointment with each and every student. She has a written plan for each student to visualize and give their input on what they want after high school. I think this is rewarding because she gets a chance to communicate with the students outside of class where they may feel a little more comfortable sharing their dreams or aspirations. She is able to develop a trusting relationship with them and this also opens up the door for other areas that they may need assistance.

On the other hand, I believe that the most challenging part of being a guidance counselor would have to be the feeling of not being able to help every child in need. As a new teacher, I felt that I had to be the savior of all students and I felt "burn-out" quickly. The counselor, because they touch so many students may tend to be overloaded even more so at times. I believe that they are overwhelmed with students, parents and teachers and this can be very difficult especially at my school when you are the only counselor available. Many students do not have a support system in place and rely on the counselor for basically all of their needs and coming from a rural, poverty stricken area, this encompasses more than half of the student body. I believe it becomes very difficult for counselors to cater to each individual student because their jobs are more data driven now and systems are looking at overall student performance.

Perceived Roles

I have always thought that the roles of guidance counselors were to help out students in their academic, and social life. When I was a child, I don't remember ever going to my guidance counselor for anything. My counselor never came to me for anything either. All I remember that the guidance counselor doing was reading the test over the intercom, when we took our test. I know this is sad; and it really is, because no one ever talked to me about going to college or the military. Now, when I see counselors helping my children and the students with applications to receive money, and scholarships I am amazed. As a matter of fact, my students are always asking for passes to the guidance counselors. So I guess the answer to my perception of a guidance counselor. I would have to say, I thought they were there to help students with their schedules, and figuring out the right pathways. Calling them in when they wasn't making good grades or having behavior problem, and maybe schedule problems. This is what I perceived roles of a guidance counselor.

"Changed Impressions"

After reading the information on school guidance and counseling and talking with my school counselor, I can honestly say that my previous impressions of this position has definitely changed. I believe that guidance counselors are an integral part of any educational system. From the early history of school guidance and counseling, there has been a continuous movement to have the counselor to facilitate communication among teachers, parents, administrators and students and this initself, is an arduous task. In the 1920's and 1930's an expansion of counseling roles moved from not only working with the vocational aspect of a student, but also the social, personal and overall education of a student's life. The counselors role requires a great deal of organization and the ability to multi-task and wear several different hats daily. Many students rely on counselors to basically guide them to the next phase of their lives and this can be a very tedious task for those who have no other support to rely on. All of these characteristics and requirements of counselors have really made me more aware of the demands that this career requires and the job that this educator performs daily. I really enjoyed the reading and I look forward to working closely with my school counselor in the near future.

Perceived Roles

I have a few perceived roles for guidance counselors. It seems like guidance counselors are very motivated. I always believed they assist students with personal and social needs. If a student is having problems at school, home, or work, they are available to assist them, the best way they can. I also think counselors work hard to inform students about colleges,universities,military,technical schools,trade schools, etc. Counselors seem to be very organized. They have a lot of paperwork and students to see on a regular basis.

"Rewards and Challenges"

To see a student that you have nurtured and followed transform into adulthood, on the right path academically and socially, graduate; this has to be a mountain top experience. Other rewards include helping to bridge the communication with the student, parent and teachers. To actually be able to help a student in need of services or help solve a problem is rewarding. Challenges would include the many responsibilities of the profession. The large student to counselor ratio, in addition to limited resources available due to funding. Further challenges include listening to constant complaints about scheduling from students, parents and teachers. As I get mature, it is clear that every profession has challenges but when you enjoy what you do, you focus more on the rewards.

Changed Impressions

I was not aware of the social and emotional support that a guidance counselor is expected to provide to the student and her/his family. I have felt our counselors have a lot of work to do, with very little support, the same as with everyone in the school system. However, after reading the articles, I looked at our student enrollment numbers and divided them against the number of counselors, and realized they have to work with almost 400 students each. THEY NEED A RAISE!!! Now, that I understand more about their job, I understand why my student's have so many schedule changes. Yes it is true; they help students plot their high school path for graduation while looking for post secondary education and work opportunities. It is also true that counselors help the student graduate and become productive citizens in the community is correct, however, that does not begin to explain the complexity of counseling.

"Percieved Roles"

     Counseling is one of the major arts in education.  Most students' very livelihoods begin and end with their school's counselor.  Helping students to navigate their way through school is just one of their many tasks that they are faced with.  They also are required to handle all students' records as they are promoted, retained, detained and or transfer to other places.  The very acadamic thread of EVERY student that enters and exits a school becomes the responsibility of a counselor.  I truly dont think people give counselors the praise or the respect that they truly deserve for all they do.  They inspire those who feel hopless, they comfort those that are homeless.  They embrace those that are cluelsess and try to show them that do have a place!  They indeed  provide support in more ways than just doing schedules and handling records, they help handle our children's lives.  Councelors are mothers and fathers away from home.