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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

" Rewards and challenges"

First I will start with the rewards of being a guidance counselor. I would think that one reward of being a counselor would be just knowing that they are a service to people that helps! Nothing negative usually comes out of guidance. Students are helped acedemically through them and emotionally. Having someone trust you with private issues and problems good or bad is admirable. The self gratification of the job reminds me of construction. In construction when you help someone achieve a product to their liking it feels great. This is much like a counselor. They help students get what they need whether it be classes or emotional help. One challenge though that would seem to be held over a counselors head would be that they must always keep in mind what exactly to say or how to word a conversation with parents and students. Some parents are easily ignited when talked to. It would be tough to know that personal information is legally confidential. One other challenge would be that they are mostly responsible for making sure students have all their credits to graduate and are ready for college. I know that guidance helps my program alot because they see when students are doing poorly in some areas which sometimes brings them to the CTAE department. They feel that some students after being evaluated best belong in career tech areas. Some students may not be " college material". Carer tech offers real job training that you can't get in acedemic classes.

1 comment:

Paul G 2011 said...

Oh Jessie,
I agree with your post and especially your comment about having to watch what they say and how they word it. That is not only true for counselors but for us as teachers also. Just today i had the 9th grade counselor come into my class about a student that had been hurt at school. The student told his mother that he was hurt in shop class. He said he had dropped a cinder block on his hand and that is what caused his knuckles and wrist to break. He also said that the teacher had left early and was not in class when the accident happened. So far nothing he had said was true. The counselor asked me to talk with the parent about the situation. I did and had her stay with me and listen as i talked with the parent. It turns out that Johnny is going to anger management class. Bottom line the counselor was very professional and tactful in handling the situation. She chose her words very carefully. By the way the boy allegedly punched a cinder block wall before school started in a reaction to an allegedly perceived relationship problem. Words chosen carefully and names changed to protect the innocent.