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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 12, 2013

"Changed Impressions"

After reading the links provided all I can really say is "Wow". I had no idea how much the Guidance Counselors are responsible for. The name should be changed to Guidance and Counseling to better explain what they do. I was vaguely aware of some of the responsibilities but the research brought it into the clear. The guidance counselors serve as social counselor ,behavior counselor, student to teachers liaison, student to parent liaison and teacher to parent liaison along with providing academic and career guidance.They have a ton of responsibility and I know I would need counseling after a couple of weeks doing the job they are required to do. I am also impressed that the GADOE site shows how soon the elementary counselors start preparing students for CTE.


Michelle Pruitt said...

Ken, many people do not realize the varied duties of a Guidance Counselor. As you said, the only way to describe the required duties is “WOW”. You are correct about how flexible Guidance Counselors must be, and it is responsibilities that are challenging and requires many facets of communication. The Guidance Counselor’s main objective must be to ensure that the student’s needs are met. That objective cannot be achieved if the counselor is not open to communication with the parents, teachers and students. Most parents and teachers want their student to be successful, whether the problems come from social, academic, or learning disabilities. Many parents want to be included and assume responsibility to help their child become successful, while there are others that appear to not be interested. They simply want to let the Guidance Counselor and teachers take care of their child’s problem(s). That situation is troubling for an educator that cares about their students. You are correct the joy of helping students achieve success is not related to the money they may earn or the possessions they will acquire. To see or learn that your students are happy and meeting the challenges they face in life is called success. When students are successful, that makes a Guidance Counselor know they, too, are successful.

Ken said...

Thanks Michelle