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1. Only use your first name (no last names, addresses, IM screen names, etc.)
2. Show respect and consideration of others when posting and commenting. This includes individuals, students, organizations, political parties, colleagues, etc.
3. Check all posts for spelling and grammar errors before posting.
4. Protect the privacy of others. Gain permission from other people before you write about them. Avoid sharing someone else's last name. Use job titles or pseudonyms when writing about experiences with your co-workers or students.
5. Watch your language. Use politically correct and non-offensive language.
6. Make sure you write about things that are factual.
7. Keep your postings education-oriented. Avoid discussing plans for the weekend, etc.

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, January 29, 2012

Changed Impressions

What a whirlwind of difference a little research makes. Based on my first post, I already thought I knew a lot about what a counselors job entailed. I am personal friends with a school counselor, and believed I knew the end and out of their job. However, I was very mistaken. Not only do they handle matters of students issues in school, and educational placement, but they also have a great deal of time with teachers, parents, and other public and community officials.

Another large aspect of their job is handling standardized testing and other aspects of academic achievement and school leadership achievement. I didn't quite realize how much data collection and analysis went on in this job title. This is in part a benefit of the HB1187 act. Which, seems to be a huge help in community involvement as well as teaching issues about children with disabilities. This is a large benefit to teachers, as we are not the determining factors of educational placement, but simply facilitate it.

Also, my impression changed in how I expected that school counselors come about. I didn't realize that forms of counseling were here before the Great Depression. Also, I would not have imagined the job derived from a vocational guidance movement that helped to guide adults in the workforce. Many different thoughts about counselors jobs have changed for me. I plan to show them a little more respect and help to facilitate their roles more than I have in the past.

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