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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?

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Perceived Roles

Until I reached 11th grade, my perception of guidance counselors were related to social/personal issues. Something like a psychologist is what I viewed them as. In my mind, I had no need for them because I thought if you were having problems at home, they would be the ones to see. Toward the end of my 11th grade year, I began associating counselors with college. I noticed that every announcement involving juniors and seniors with regard to college, was associated with the counselor. So, at this point, my understanding was they were a resource and the go to person for questions about college. Now, being on the teaching side of things, I view counselors as a multitude of things but mainly a bridge. They are in fact the people to go to if you are having personal/social issues because they are a neutral (non-threatening) 3rd party. They are also a great wealth of information. (From a parent perspective, the key is being able to catch one available to actually answer your questions.) But mainly, they can be the bridge to the future for students. With their knowledge and resources, they assist students through their current and into their next stage in life. Because my grandparents had no idea about or interest in college, for me, a counselor ended up walking me through the steps for college providing me with my transcripts etc. that I needed.

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