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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?

Monday, February 6, 2012

Guidance and Counseling

Since I'm in my third year teaching, I've had an opportunity to work with counseling in many different settings. I've had LD students in my class and even got to serve in special ed last school year where I seemingly dealt with counseling on a weekly basis.

I'm have an interview set up with my lead guidance counseler tomorrow, which should be interesting since Dr. Sansing has been in the profession for 20+ years. She should be able to shed a lot of light on the different topics we are to discuss.

Prior to this meeting, and as it stands today, if I had to choose a single word that described the guidance and counseling department it would be supportive. My understanding is that they are in place to provide support for the learning institution by serving administration, teacher, students, and students' parents. The administer services that help students find a place or set of circumstances that allow them to learn their best while being fair to all parties involved.

Guidance and counseling have the difficult job of balancing the ever increasing demands in the classroom with the current learning progress and challenges of students with a wide array of backgrounds, experience, and family circumstances. They try leverage what resources they have available to them to help a student maximize their learning potential while also keeping the welfare of the overall school's mission in sight as well.

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