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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, February 1, 2011

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.


Freda said...
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Freda said...

Hello Leola,
I enjoyed reading your blog and I agree with you totally. Guidance counselors are outnumbered and over worked. Understanding the enormity of their job helped me see how easy it is for them to follow the path of least resistance when placing students, sometimes I feel, inappropriately in some of the CTAE courses. It is no way you can meet all the needs of 400 students, plus parents. What is obvious is that they must care about the students in order to remain in this demanding but rewarding field.