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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

With only my limited exposure to guidance counselors, I probably have a very outdated perception of what their role is. As a high school student “once upon a time” myself, their role was mostly that of registering us for our next set of classes if we needed it. They were there to offer advice if we were not sure of what classes we needed in order to graduate on time. Most of the time, I knew what I needed and just registered for classes myself. A minor role that our counselor played (once upon a time) was to help those students that had personal problems that maybe made it into the school setting.  We never saw our counselor who was always behind closed doors or at meetings.  What they did exactly was a mystery. My most recent experience as a new teacher with guidance counselors and their role had not changed much. At the first school I taught at, I again never saw them and yes, assumed that they were busy registering students for classes and counseling behavior issues thrown their way on occasion.  I did not know their names and rarely saw them in their offices. I did learn that they were very busy with testing and graduation issues. But again, it was a mystery to me exactly what they did.  I heard many teachers complain that counselors were out of touch and just put the students that had no career goals in classes that had room for them regardless of whether the student wanted to be there or not. This was especially true of CTE classes.  I must add at this point that in my new school which is much smaller and has only one counselor that she has a multitude of responsibilities much like we do as teachers! I know her name and she is very approachable and helpful to me when I have issues I need help with regarding my students.  She deals with not only registration of classes but all the other things that come up that include emotional, behavioral and education issues to name a few!

1 comment:

Akisa Hurst said...

Theresa, your guidance counselor sounds a lot the one at my school except for the fact that ours just quit!! I honestly do not blame her because in addition to registration, scheduling college tours, arranging testing for GGT, SAT, etc, she became the back up secretary. Our school has had three counselors in three years, so hopefully this next will will last a little longer, for the sake of the students.