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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

Rewards and Challenges

Unfortunately for many educators we are not rewarded enough, in my opinion.  We are responsible for shaping the future of our students and yet a simple "thank you" seems to be less popular than asking students to do homework.  I have many friends that are school counselors and prior to becoming a teacher I did not understand just how much responsibility that is placed on their shoulders.  Our last school counselor, the third one in three years worked her last day last Friday, and I remember asking her was she happy to be leaving. She summed up for me the rewards and challenges that she faced during her short time as a high school counselor working in an urban district.  The reward for her was that many of the students who had not passed the GGT at the beginning of the school year had finally passed and were on their way to graduation. One of her last tasks was to announce to students the latest test results from the GGT and she told me that the face on the students that had failed the test multiple times and had finally passed was priceless. She also talked about helping students to fill out college applications particularly those who felt that the only way out of their current circumstance was to further their education. So in a nutshell, her reward was the prospect of a brighter future for the students at our school. Unfortunately the challenges outweighed the rewards in many cases, which helped lead Ms. H to leave our school.  In addition to being the school counselor, she was also the registrar, the attendance clerk, the back up secretary, and even a disciplinarian when fights would break out right outside of the principals suite.  Ms. H. shared with me that for all that she was able to do, she never felt like she had enough time to provide the students with the services that that needed.  Students often needed help with filling out food stamp applications, job applications, referrals for clothing and other social issues that were just as important as registering for the ACT, or the SAT.  I was sad to see her go, but I understand. Unfortunately the students, especially the seniors were left disappointed but a new counselor has started and my hope is that she will at least last until the end of the school year.

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