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1. Only use your first name (no last names, addresses, IM screen names, etc.)
2. Show respect and consideration of others when posting and commenting. This includes individuals, students, organizations, political parties, colleagues, etc.
3. Check all posts for spelling and grammar errors before posting.
4. Protect the privacy of others. Gain permission from other people before you write about them. Avoid sharing someone else's last name. Use job titles or pseudonyms when writing about experiences with your co-workers or students.
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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?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Changed Impressions

As a previous school nurse, I have had opportunities to work with school counselors at elementary, middle, and high school levels and I have always been impressed with their abilities to reach and connect with students.  While I could physically treat a student with an anxiety disorder, the guidance counselor could give the student tools to avoid panic attacks. If I had to treat a student who was physically abused, and I did on far too many occasions, it was the school counselor who was my partner in making sure that every base was covered and no student fell through the cracks. I have had the privilege of experiencing their super hero tendencies. After reading the history, educational and credentialing requirements, and their current roles in Georgia education, I am even more in awe as they balance their multi-faceted roles.  Guidance counselors have a lot of bases to cover when their duties are so diverse. At every level they are treating students who need emotional guidance and other students who need career guidance, and not just the students. They are trained to incorporate the family, teachers, and administrators. The degree of knowledge they must have in just the areas of  scholarships, grants, duel enrollment, and college and career readiness is amazing! One of the things I particularly liked and had no idea was occurring was the career lessons they do with younger children. They do a whole lesson with 2nd graders on health care careers - very cool.

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