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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 19, 2013

"Rewards and Challenges"

School counselors careers can be rewarding. Guidance counselors can have a powerful impact that lasts a lifetime. They help student's with learning issues, truancy, various illnesses and very low self- esteem. For many students counselors are advocates for their rights and understand how systems work and how to cultivate friends at outside community agencies that can really help students and families. I can personally recall my school counselor, who I must admit my biology teacher served in all of those capacities at Fulton High School. She was one person that I could share anything with and not worry how I would be judge. Twenty- three years later who would have known she would still be a counselor to me. So you see, guidance counselors have a major role that can maximize a new sense of possibilities that can last forever.

However, school counselors have their challenges as well. Many challenges a school counselor may encounter is lack of parental involvement, overload of students they are servicing and lack of administration support. When parents are not involved with their child's educational career other problems may arise that a counselor will need to be aware of such as, academic failure, attendance problems and behavioral issues. Some of these problems are because the overload of students a counselor might have. At my school, we are fortunate enough to have three counselors, whereas, some schools only have one. This is when students fall off the train, headed for disaster. Administration can support counselors more by attending various meetings to address areas of concerns, as well as highlights of the positives that are occurring in the school building. These are some challenges a counselor may experience.

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