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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?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Rewards and Challenges

I think the greatest reward of a guidance counselor is when they have the ability to see the fruit of their labor. Many times the seeds that they plant don't show growth until a student has grown-up, graduated or moved along. When the "at risk" student gets the job, or the scholarship, or the rescue from a dangerous environment, that's when a guidance counselor can know that their job was successful, and I think that is what they find most rewarding. I think the most challenging aspect of their job comes with the frustration of not having the time to meet the individual needs of students. I believe their goal is to really give personalized guidance and  they are pulled in so many different directions that it is almost impossible to spend the time needed to offer guidance and direction in a meaningful manner.  It must be very frustrating to know there are needs and also know that some of those needs will go unmet because there are only so many hours in a day.    

1 comment:

Akisa Hurst said...

Sherri, I could not agree with you more. Frankly, most people who enter a career in service really want nothing more than to see the fruits of their labor. What I have learned about teaching is nothing is more important than to see one of your students come back to visit you after graduation and tell you how great they are doing. I have only taught one year, but I have students that I taught last year or last semester that just drop by my class to say hello even though I no longer teach them. I know how much I appreciated my counselor because had it not been for her, I would not have been able to complete a college or financial aid application. I was the only person in my family at that point to have attended college and I really needed her help. I wish that counselors could be allotted more time, specific time on a weekly basis just to spend time with the students to find out what their needs are, what their aspirations and goals are. The setting could be lite refreshments around a round table or individual time, either way I know that the students that we serve in the inner city and impoverished areas would really benefit from this type of service.