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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

"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.


Janet Mac said...

I definitely agree with you Alfreda, I do think that watching a student grow from a freshman to a senior while maintaining a sense of self and accomplishing their goals is a wonderful feeling. Counselors have such a great advantage because they develop rewarding relationships with students and are more often viewed as a "trusting guide" to the world. Yet, on the other hand, it can be challenging because of the demand to help so many in need. Most counselors are overwhelmed and like you said have very little resources to deal with the many student concerns and issues. At my high school, we have started a push to include more teachers in the counseling role with academic advisement. A lot of the guidelines and standards that the counselors have to implement are assigned to teachers during student advisement. This has helped because it takes some of the burden from the counselor and gives the students another resource for information

Tamarah said...

I agree with you also Afreda. The development and maturation process for a student (child) to an adult is definitely a reward. A counselor actually has more of an opportunity to see a student transition in their classes and how they adjust and transition to post-secondary life.

I also agree with you, Alfreda regarding the challenges. In my personal experience,as a teacher, lack of funding for educational needs and supplies are an extreme challenge. If a counselor tries to implement a program, workshop, training, etc and the funds are limited, this will definitely challenge or discourage a counselor.

LaTonia said...

I agree with you about the large ratio of students being a challenge. The large class size will make it hard for the student to learn and for the teacher to teach. Then that will lead to an academic decline in the student grade point average.So now we will have to sit in on a very uncomfortable parent teacher conference to explain the way of the world of education.