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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 25, 2013

Rewards and Challenges

I think the most rewarding thing for guidance counselors would be to see a well adjusted graduate that is the product of the institution they serve. Whether an individual, is an honors student, college bound or has entered the workforce out of high school is not as important as knowing that graduate can sustain, in spite of any pitfalls that life may provide. Knowing that you have given a student your best and that student then graduates and can manage his/her adult life independently, seems to be a high point for a guidance counselor. In contrast I think that the challenges come with not being able to address or fully understand some negative stimuli that is impacting a students learning experience. I can see this challenge becoming an even larger obstacle, when a counsleor spends countless hours days and many times years with some of the same students, with no positive outcomes. Sometimes in the world of education, with societal changes and the demands of the immmediate community a counselor may have his/her work cut out for them. Some challenges may even come from the understanding or lack thereof, of a students home environment and how it can quickly change. Lastly, I see one of the larger challenges as having the ability to reconcile what is best for the student and not what our own morals and values will say about that student's background, race, socio-econmic status, religion, sexual orientation, etc.

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