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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, February 7, 2012

Rewards and Challenges

I get the opportunity to work with some at-risk students being a CTAE teacher where historically some "challenged students" typically are funneled to in a course like construction. It's from this experience that I think I can draw some insights that a counselor may face.

I think counselors could find great satisfaction if they can have a hand in assisting and student and/or their parents turning that students academic career, and ultimately their life into a positive direction. With students living in such a immediate gratification society filled with a wide choice of multi-media distractions presenting new challenges for today's students. It's because of these distractions that our counselors fill such a key role, and it's also easy to understand the reward they must feel when they teach students how to balance and prioritize the academic demands of our high school curriculum.

It's my opinion that it much be very challenging for counselors when they can't ultimately reach a student and/or their family is such a way that yields the type of positive results the counselor hoped for. Our counselors likely chose the profession because they take an insterest in investing into other people's lives and I think it would especially be challenging to invest their efforts into an individual onlyto have it not payoff. The challenge would only get bigger when they are forced to move on from, or move beyond the failure of helping certain individuals reach certain goals.

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