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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 8, 2011

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.

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