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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?

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Falbe Rewards and Challenges

Guidance counselors are likely to face many rewards and challenges in the scope of their daily work.  Among the rewards would be the personal satisfaction of helping a student through a tough time, and seeing them make different choices the next time. There would also be satisfaction in seeing a student (particularly one who was in danger of failing) walk down the aisle and receive a diploma. Hearing from a student who got their first job,  or one who aced their first semester in a college that you helped them get a scholarship to, etc. would all be gratifying and reasons to stay in the profession.  In the vein of CTAE, helping a student identify a life long career that they had not considered before would be a great reward. 

With all of these rewards though come many challenges.  Among these of course is having to deal with so many problems.  I can imagine that some of the things that counselors deal with (for example abuse) are hard to deal with.  Counselors are also pulled in so many directions and have to deal with SO MANY students. It would be very challenging to offer your best (with career guidance, personal guidance, school guidance etc.) to every student.  It would also be challenging to keep up with the constant change of guidelines. Having to be sure that each and every child is on track to graduate despite changes in legislation and guidelines seems like a huge task. 

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