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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

Perceived Roles

I believe that the role of a guidance counselor in a high school setting is to offer direction for a student. This guidance can be emotional or social if needed or requested by the student but should have the primary goal of offering guidance for goal setting, and direction for the future. This should be available and required for all students.  In order to do this successfully, I believe the guidance counselor must know, to at least some degree, the "shape" of that student. For example, what are their dreams, aspirations, strengths, and weaknesses.  What I have sadly seen in my high school are guidance counselors who would love to invest in students to that degree but are unable. We have over 2000 students and 4 guidance counselors. We do not have graduation coaches. Counselors are so busy with administrative duties, like testing, that they no longer have the time to give thoughtful direction for the individual student.  

1 comment:

Akisa Hurst said...

Sherri our school has only about 350 students with one counselor, but I cant imagine what having over 2000 students would be like even though there are four counselors. That still seems like a small number for the number of students at your school. I believe that the students need someone in the role of counselor as an additional means of support and there just seems to be noway to do that with 4 people being responsible for 2000. At least when I get overwhelmed, I know that there are counselors out there facing a lot more challenges.