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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?

Monday, February 7, 2011

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!

1 comment:

Rod said...

Tracy, I agree with you! I myself had a bad experiance with a guidance counselor in high school. He retired my senior year, I guess he was ready to go. I have got alot of upperclassmen in my beginner classes, which causes behavior problems. I am now settling in at the school, where I know what I need to do, to hopefully get a less troublesome student.