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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?

Sunday, February 6, 2011


The most rewarding factor for a guidance counselor in my opinion would be to achieve a 100% graduation rate at their school. This can only be achieved with the help and support of parents/staff/administration. Facts state that over 20% of students do not complete their high school education. Its very rewarding to see them walk that stage on graduation day. Even more so when they come back to visit during and after completing their college education.

The most challenging job/task for guidance counselors is time management - caseloads are very heavy - there are not enough counselors for the large student body in most schools. Counselors have to arrange student schedules to ensure that all students receive the classes they need to graduate in a timely manner as per the States laws.

Diversity in schools can be very challenging - counselors must be able to communicate with students/parents of diverse cultures. For instance if the school population has a high level of Spanish speaking students the counselors should be able to speak Spanish in order to communicate with parents/students to ensure that their needs are met on a daily/timely basis.

Hard work brings greater rewards and even more challenges....

1 comment:

bg55 said...

I agree with you. Diversity can be a huge challange for a counselor if they are unable to communicate effectively with the student and their parent.