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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 14, 2013

"Perceived Roles"

I actually have a mixed opinion on the role of counselors because the role of my counselor in high school is much different than the role of the counselor(s) at the school that I teach at currently.  I remember being able to walk into my counselors office and sit down and talk about anything. When I got ready to begin applying for colleges, I really had no idea what I was doing because no one in my family had gone to college prior to me.  She helped with all of the applications including the financial aid piece.  At my current school, we are now working on a third counselor within the last 3 years. Our last counselor was introduced to the students last week and right after telling them her name she announced that she did not want any of them coming to her office without a hall pass. As a matter of fact, she reiterated that point several times in her short introduction.  I got a chance to work with the last counselor regarding pathway completer's, and I sensed that she was so overwhelmed, many of my emails and requests went unnoticed for long periods of time.  However I saw a change in her behavior toward me as well as the response times to my emails when I walked up to her one day and said hi, and asked her to reach out to me if she needed anything. I realized that her role is certainly not one that I would ever want because it even though there is a job description in place, there are so many other hats that she had to wear and there is simply not enough time for one person to give 350 students who are at or below the poverty line what they need.

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