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FINAL BLOG POST - OUR "DAILY TRIPLE" (DUE 12/1).
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?

Friday, January 27, 2012

Rewards and Challenges

I honestly think one of the most rewarding times for a guidance counselor is graduation day! It's got to be a great feeling to see this student whom you've worked with for 4years meet their goal of graduating on time, passing all of those test, and most importantly not giving up. I've seen even at my own school how some of them get real emotional that day.
I also think that their reward is also the challenge! The challenge is making sure the students are on the right path, they pass their graduation test, they graduate on time, and to keep the students encouraged not to give up especially in hard times. The rewards and challenges of a guidance counselor to me are about the same.

4 comments:

jan said...

I agree with you that one of the most rewarding times for a guidance counselor is graduation day. When you have counseled and counseled students on certain issues and finally one day the light comes on. The student now understands why you organized tutoring sessions or developed extra homework. When a guidance counselor or teacher have worked so hard to assist a student succeed, you feel proud... You are so, so proud of that student until words can not express what you feel. A guidance counselor main responsibility is to develop a program that will promote and enhance students success. This is not an easy job, it's challenging. Designing, implementing and evaluating student's success requires time management. Time is valuable and can not be squandered. It's imperative that counselor's stay on task with graduation requiremnts, because one mistake may delay the student's graduation date. Now, not only are you having to explain to the student, but you have to communicate this error or oversight to the parents. Can you imagine having to explain to parents and a student that he or she can not graduate because of one unit? The roles and responsibilities of a guidance counselors are challenging. I have already developed a new respect for counselors. In closing, I agree with your postings on ''Rewards and challenges'' of counselors. So, this graduation, don't be surprise when you see counselors and teachers tear up, it's an emotional sign of happiness. Jannie

jan said...

I agree with you that one of the most rewarding times for a guidance counselor is graduation day. When you have counseled and counseled students on certain issues and finally one day the light comes on. The student now understands why you organized tutoring sessions or developed extra homework. When a guidance counselor or teacher have worked so hard to assist a student succeed, you feel proud... You are so, so proud of that student until words can not express what you feel. A guidance counselor main responsibility is to develop a program that will promote and enhance students success. This is not an easy job, it's challenging. Designing, implementing and evaluating student's success requires time management. Time is valuable and can not be squandered. It's imperative that counselor's stay on task with graduation requiremnts, because one mistake may delay the student's graduation date. Now, not only are you having to explain to the student, but you have to communicate this error or oversight to the parents. Can you imagine having to explain to parents and a student that he or she can not graduate because of one unit? The roles and responsibilities of a guidance counselors are challenging. I have already developed a new respect for counselors. In closing, I agree with your postings on ''Rewards and challenges'' of counselors. So, this graduation, don't be surprise when you see counselors and teachers tear up, it's an emotional sign of happiness. Jannie

Melanie said...

I agree that graduation is one of the most rewarding days in a counselor's career. In our district, it is the counselor's who call each student's name to receive their diplomas. A gesture I belive emphasizes the important role counselors play in that success. I also agree that the process to get to graduation is the most challenging as well. But I think counselors have the added challenge of providing the emotional support for students in addition to their other roles and reponisbilities.

Maliki Battle said...

High school counselors are able to fully understand the fundamental goals of their position in high school students' lives. Their goals should be aligning with the goals of their employing high schools and districts. Everyone is under so much pressure of students graduating high school or passing the graduation test. However, it is more rewarding for counselors to see students,especially at risk students graduating high school.