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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

"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!

1 comment:

Tracy Misner said...


Knowing what I do know of you through our interaction in class, it is obvious to me that you would make a GREAT counselor.

You have compassion and passion... a combination that is what it takes for the job to guide students and navigate them through the maze of high school.

You have a coach mentality in that you can "feel" how a student feel, yet you have a strong enough personality to drive the student to succeed.

I look forward to seeing you succeed in your endeavor to become a great counselor someday!