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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?

Monday, February 18, 2013

"Perceived Roles"

Guidance Counselors are the individuals that point our young adults into the right directions with their futures.  Teachers help them to map educational requirements that lead to great career choices and the Guidance counselors make sure students stay on track with their high school requirements to push them towards graduation in order to reach those career goals.  The counselor's roles aren't limited to just the confines of the school. Some counselors go above and beyond to make sure that the students receive the necessities needed to continue through high school.  Counselors, make sure that things are going well at home to ensure that the child has  a stable roof over their head.  Counselors, if  they receive a tip from teachers stating that the student's grades are declining due to excessive tardies and or sleeping in class, the counselor will investigate to see what has changed in the students personal life and make sure the necessary authorities are contacted on behalf of the well being of this minor.  Counselor's also mediate between adolescent disagreement allowing a safe haven for students to talk out their disagreements in a neutral environment.

So, all in all I perceive the counselor's role to be a very important role that begins to shape our young adults future.  This responsibility doesn't just stop with making sure they have all of their graduation requirements, but making sure that things are going well at home and with their social lives.

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