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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, January 24, 2012

Perceived Roles

Guidance Counselors are the building blocks of our education. They truly carry a large responsibility of making sure our school system is ran correctly, as well as ensuring our education is on track to be a good learning experience for our students, as well as meeting state requirements.

The Guidance Counselors in my school system are by far a backbone for our outstanding academic achievement and scholars. They make sure all students are on the right educational track with their classes and which classes they should be planning to take in the future. They also help students achieve their desired grades on standardized test and such, by planning extra classes after school, as well as giving up their one on one time to work with these students as need be.

They help aid in disciplinary actions and help to stop some of the negativity that causes discipline to be implemented before it even starts. Our counselors offer many courses for parents, student and teachers to teach about bullying, teen relationship issues, etc. They truly have their plates full. Amidst all of this, it is in their job to seek out the teens pregnant in a school system to help get them the help they need as well. We actually offer a class for these moms to help them stay in school and see that they can still make something of themselves.

On top of all of this. Our counselors also attend to the attendance policies and make it their priority to see students at school. In fact, I accredit them with being a big part of why we have made AYP since our school opened in 2009. I truly don't think schools can run properly without this job being done properly. Counselors are wonderful.

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